Vice President and Group CISO | 2022 Security Leader of the Year | Top 5 IFSEC Global Influencer for Security and Fire | 2021 CISO of the Year | #2 CSO30 ASEAN and HK | Top Woman in Security ASEAN | Top 100 Global CISO
Mel has more than 20 years of combined experience in Information Security Management, Cyber Security Governance, Assurance and Operations, Application and Infrastructure Security, Operational Technology (OT) Security, Cloud Security, Business Continuity, IT Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Risk Management, Privacy, IT Audit, Project Management across multiple industries namely financial services, technology and consulting, energy distribution, power generation, telecommunications, business process outsourcing, engineering and construction.
She is the Vice President and Group CISO of the largest Power DU Conglomerate in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is the Co-founder and President of the Women in Security Alliance Philippines (WiSAP) which focuses on empowering and inspiring women in Security , the Vice Chairman of the MVP Group Cyber Security Council and an EXCO in the ASEAN CIO Association. She made it to the list of Women to Watch | Risky Women on February 2021 and an IFSEC Global Influencer Top 20 for Security and Fire on September 2020 and made it to the Top 5 on August 2021 under the Security Executives category. She was awarded as one of the Top 30 Women in Security ASEAN 2021. To round up her recognition, she was awarded as 2021 CISO of the Year by Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance Awards and was ranked #2 in the CSO30 in ASEAN and HK by CSO Online and IDG Awards 2021.
She served as the CISO and Vice President for Information Security, Privacy and Enterprise Risk Management of the largest Fintech Company wherein she established the compliance program on Data Privacy and led the strategy for application and infrastructure security. She led the development of the Security Operations Center and spearheaded the Enterprise Risk Management Framework and initiatives.
She served as the Cyber Risk Director of a Big Four Auditing Firm where she led Technology Risk Management Projects servicing clients within Southeast Asia. In addition, she expanded the cyber security capability in the Philippines and increased the foot print of the firm in the local market by establishing strategic partnerships in the Philippines and within Asia Pacific.
Further, she led the Information Security Group of an IT Multinational under the Technology workforce. She developed and improved the information security capabilities of the delivery center and had assumed concurrent roles in Client Data Protection and Business Continuity Management.