UK Gulf Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship

Closing the cyber gender gap

The UK-Gulf Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship is being delivered by Plexal and Protection Group International (PGI) for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for cyber security professionals throughout the Gulf.

Supporting female cyber experts across the Gulf

The Fellowship empowers women by giving them networking opportunities and access to guest speakers from the UK and the Gulf to help them build their careers, grow in confidence and learn about the latest trends, challenges and technologies affecting the sector.

Breaking up into project groups, the fellows have the chance to practice hands-on skills and create solutions to the big challenges facing cyber.

The next group of fellows will join us in September 2024.


Find out about the programme with the Fellows recent trip to Doha

The fellows had the chance to come together in person as a group in Doha and share ideas, insights and advice.

What to expect


  • Expert speaker sessions twice a month
  • Project group meetings twice a month
  • Launch event in Muscat
  • Mid-point event in the Gulf
  • Reunion event in London
  • Profile opportunities


UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

“The Plexal team did a phenomenal job in designing and delivering an immersive visit to London for graduates of the UK Gulf Women in Cyber Security Fellowship in January 2023. Feedback from our Fellows has been glowing, especially on the opportunities for interactivity and experiencing the UK’s world-leading approach to fostering innovation – both in technology and ideas. Plexal embodies the UK’s ‘whole-of-society’ approach as set out in our National Cyber Strategy, bringing together innovators from all walks of life to pool brainpower for tackling some of the trickiest cyber challenges.”

Jonathan, Gulf Cyber Policy Lead


“I felt overwhelmed by the amount of great women that I was surrounded by, but if you don’t feel overwhelmed then you won’t learn anything.”

“We notice that we struggle the same struggles, whether we are Omani or we are British.”

“It’s about being connected with each other, where we can share, communicate, discuss, laugh, enjoy, eat together!”


  • Cyber policy trends
  • Innovation methodology
  • Research skills
  • Technology trends
  • Cyber awareness
  • Cyber threat landscape



  • Networking
  • Public speaking and confidence
  • Design thinking


Previous fellows created the first ever Arabic-speaking awareness portal, used innovation methodology to develop a minimum viable product for a cyber security tool, conducted a research project that compared data privacy legislation across the Gulf and enhanced the work of the Women in Cyber Security Middle East (WiCSME) network.


The Fellowship helps women build their public speaking skills, access networking opportunities and showcases their insights.

Fellows at the UN

Fellows travelled to New York to take part in the UN’s Open-ended Working Group.

London Reunion

Fellows from our previous cohort travelled to London to meet in person, where they visited BP’s Security Operations Centre, heard from UK cyber leaders in the UK government – including the NCSC’s CEO Lindy Cameron and DSIT’s Director Erika Lewis. They also spent a full day at Plexal meeting startups and learning more about innovation and technology trends affecting cyber.



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