Show 137: Wafaa Mamilli Discusses Cultural Differences in Technology Management
By Gary McGraw

In this Episode Wafaa Mamilli

Wafaa Mamilli is Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Eli Lilly and Company where she leads a global, enterprise-wide information and product security organization. She started her career consulting in Paris prior to joining Lilly France in 1995. Before being named CISO, Mamilli held several international leadership responsibilities across Lilly, including a stint as information officer of their diabetes division.

Born and raised in Morocco, Mamilli also lived in the UK, France, and the Middle East before relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2008. She holds a master’s in computer science from INSEA in Rabat, Morocco. She holds another master’s in Business Applications of Information and Technology from Université Rennes 2 in Rennes, France. Additionally, Mamilli holds a General Management Certificate from the London Business School. Most recently, in 2015, she graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management program.

Listen as Gary and Wafaa cover cultural differences in technology management, CISO education, organizational hierarchy, and more.



Gary McGraw


About Gary McGraw
Gary McGraw is vice president of security technology at Synopsys. He’s the author of Software Security: Building Security In (Addison-Wesley 2006) and eight other books. McGraw received a BA in philosophy from the University of Virginia and a dual PhD in computer science and cognitive science from Indiana University. Contact him at