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H.E Ali Bin Saleh Al-Saleh inaugurates the World CIO 200 Summit Bahrain

The Bahrain Edition of the World CIO 200 Summit and Roadshow was held under patronage of Al Shura Council, Bahrain. The event was held at The Four Seasons Hotel, Bahrain Bay on 6th November 2019 and was attended by over 200 IT heads and decision makers in the country. The inauguration was done by H.E Ali Bin Saleh Al Saleh, Al-Shura Council Chairman. The partners of the Bahrain edition were; Veritas Technologies, Rittal Middle East and Finesse Middle East.

The Bahrain edition’s opening keynote was done Dr. Jassim Haji, Artificial Intelligence Conference Chairman on Artificial Intelligence. It was followed by presentation done by Dr. Christos Gatzoulis, Head of School of ICT & Web Media, Bahrain Polytechnic and Sh. Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, CIO, Supreme Council of Health. The women in panel discussion were; Moderator: Dr. Jaflah Alammari, board member RCCI – Panelists: Dr. Fay Al-Khalifa, Univ of Bahrain; Dr. Hessa Al-Junaid, Smart Sustainable urbanism Lab; Dr. Ebtesam Bin Butti, Univ of Bahrain. The event concluded with recognizing the IT champions of 2019, that included the below winners in four categories—Legend, Master, Leader and Next Gen.

Name of the Nominee Designation Organization
Mohamed Niroz Mohamed Thawoos Head of IT Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School NEXT-GEN
Ali Jassim Ahmed Al Alaradi Director of Information Systems MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS LEGEND
Ali Hassan Ahmed Hasan Acting Director: ICTS BAHRAIN POLYTECHNIC LEGEND
Sh Khalid AlKhalifa Project Director Supreme Council of Health MASTER
Mahmood Al Adraj Senior Manager – Information Technology BNH ( Bahrain National Holding ) MASTER
Ahmed Saleh Albalooshi Managing Director Fintech IT services and consultations MASTER
Ahmed Mohd Hassan Buhazaa Deputy Chariman Bahrain IT Society MASTER
Salman F. Abdulla Head of Information Technology CrediMax MASTER
Mounir Chehab Chief Innovation Officer Leap Management Consulting LEADER
Anas Kamaluddin Head of Group IT YBA Kanoo LEADER
Ahmed Naeemi Head of Digital Transformation, Operations & Project Management Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance MASTER
Khalid Jalal GARMCO LEGEND
Abubakar Arshad Head of Information Security Batelco LEADER
Fru Christian Bills CISO SADAD Electronic Payment System LEADER
Hasan Isam Naser Muhi Information Security Assistant Manager Kuwait Finance House Bahrain NEXT-GEN
Nawaf Mohamed Abdulrahman Head, Information Technology Mohammed bin Khalifa Cardiac Center MASTER
Mohanned Al-Anni Vice President – Board of Directors Gulf University MASTER
Jawad Alalawi Director Information Technology Services Start Services IT Business Solutions MASTER
Abeer AlObaidy Director ICT AlShura Council MASTER
Ebrahim Al Tamimi Director IT Prime Minister Court LEGEND
Mohamed Adel Abu Hassan Director, Information Systems Directorate Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning MASTER
Mohammed Buallay CTO Kiwi NEXT-GEN

 

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World CIO 200 Kuwait Edition Recognizes Leading IT Decision makers

The Kuwait Edition of the World CIO 200 Summit and Roadshow was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kuwait City on 3rd November 2019. The Gala dinner, held in conjunction with the CIO networking session was attended by over 90 IT heads and decision makers in the country.

The partners of the Kuwait edition were; Veritas Technologies, ITS, Rittal Middle East and Finesse Middle East.

The evening kicked off with an exclusive briefing by Veritas on Aptare IT analytics, conducted by Brett Samuel, Head of Technology, Middle East and South Africa, Veritas. The roundtable discussion was spearheaded by Roy Joseph, IT Director of Kuwait Hotel Companies and attended by over 15 leading CIOs in Kuwait.

The Kuwait edition’s opening keynote was done by Brett Samuel, Head of Technology, Middle East and South Africa, Veritas. It was followed by presentation done by Muawiya Abu Jubain Chief Operating Officer ITS.

The event concluded with recognizing the IT champions of 2019, that included the below winners in four categories—Legend, Master, Leader and Next Gen.

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Qatar Edition of The World CIO 200 Summit concludes

The Qatar Edition of the World CIO 200 Summit and Roadshow was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Doha on 22nd October 2019. The Gala dinner, held in conjunction with the CIO networking session was attended by over 80 IT heads and decision makers in the country. The partners of the Qatar edition were; Veritas Technologies, QCS, Nutanix, Rittal Middle East and Finesse Middle East.

The opening keynote was done by Samir Pawaskar, Information Security Expert, Government Agency in Qatar and he spoke on the current cyber security challenges in the age of digital transformation.

The keynote was followed by presentation from Qatar country partner, QCS and was presented by Paresh Mohanty, Head of Business – Cyber Security.

Ian Wood, Senior Director, Technology Practices, EMEA Veritas spoke on how leveraging an enterprise data service platform can help organizations remove data complexity.

In Nutanix’s presentation, Peter Grant, Systems Engineer and Bernard Diab, territory manager of Nutanix spoke about how the company is enabling IT teams to build and operate highly automated private and hybrid clouds. The leaders engaged in some intense discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them.

The event concluded with recognizing the IT champions of 2019, that included the below winners in three categories—Legend, Master and Leader.

Mohammed Ishtiaq Hussain Doha Bank Legend
KV Kumar Qatar Insurance Group Legend
M. F. Khan Al Mana Group Legend
Samir Pawaskar Ministry of Transport and Communication Legend
Saeed Rashid Al Kaabi Qatar Fuel Group Legend
Aladdin Saqer McDonald’s Qatar Master
Ferdinand Guarin Qatar Plastic Products Company W.L.L Master
Manojkumar Chandrasenan North Oil Company Master
Magdy Mansour Doha Cables Master
Syed Ali Advanced Construction Technology Master
Faizal Babu Kavungal Gulf Drilling International Master
Chander Mohan Raina Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel Master
Anto Pius Aster DM Healthcare Master
M.G. Amila Gayan Saraya Corniche Hotel Master
Pasantha Randika Walpola Amari Doha Master
Saleem Salam American Hospital Qatar Leader
Rahul Mistry Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, Qatar Leader
Mohammed Feroz Khan Cleopatra Group of Companies Leader
Suhail Pilakkandi Alsarh Holding Group, Qatar Leader
Jihas Abdulkader Al Jassim Group Leader

The World CIO 200 has successfully completed three roadshows (KSA, South Africa and USA) and will be touring 11 more countries in October and November before ringing in the Grand Finale in UAE to be held on December 9-10, 2019 at The Double Tree by Hilton Resort in Ras Al Khaimah.

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The World CIO 200 Summit USA Gala Dinner

Intense discussions amidst fun networking

The USA Edition of the World CIO 200 Summit and Roadshow was held at the Capital Grill – Buckhead in Atlanta on 17th October 2019.

The Gala dinner, held in conjunction with the CIO networking session was attended by over 50 IT heads and decision makers in the country. The leaders engaged in some intense discussion on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them. There was also an open forum to discuss the current technology and disruption landscape of the country and what responsibilities do the delegates shoulder, being the technology masterminds of their organization.

Derrick Louis – Executive Director of IS – RaceTrac Petroleum said, “The role of CIO has to evolve from technical to more business driven.  With that being said, the I in CIO should stand for innovation – technology is just the tool we use to accomplish it.”

“Partnering with the business requires an understanding of the business.  You have to be able to speak in business language to create a true partnership”, said SooLing TangYuk  – CoFounder Bi Brainz

Shawn Stewart – Director of Agile Delivery – Cox Automotive said, “We should assign a dedicated percentage of overall capacity to KTLO(Keeping the Lights On).  Along with that, ensure you factor technical Debt in your estimates.”

Talking about the successful event, Tushar Sahoo, Founder of Global CIO Forum said, “We would like to thank all the delegates who made it to the gala dinner and networking session for The World CIO 200 Summit’s USA edition. The discussions that arose and the points put forward by the IT leaders demonstrate that we, Global CIO Forum, are walking on the right path and by bringing forth exclusive gatherings like these, we are trying to connect the right dots and strike meaningful conversations in the industry.”

The World CIO 200 has successfully completed three roadshows (KSA, South Africa and USA) and will be touring 11 more countries in October and November before ringing in the Grand Finale in UAE to be held on December 9-10, 2019 at The Double Tree by Hilton Resort in Ras Al Khaimah.

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The World CIO 200 Summit and GEC Security Symposium kicked off in Saudi Arabia

The first round of The World CIO 200 Summit 2019 kicked off at the Movenpick Hotel Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on 11th September amidst a full house of CIOs and CISOs from various verticals in the country. Held under the Patronage of the Ministry of Communication and Information technology, the event was inaugurated by Mr. Mohammed Al Amoudi from MCIT who later gave the keynote speech.

Over 150 delegates witnessed some excellent presentations from the end users and solution providers. The prominent speakers were – Mr. Mohammed Mahnashi, ICT Consultant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tahani Al Dosemani, Director, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Brett Samuel, Head of Technology, Veritas Middle East, Eng Ahmed Hassan, Support and Services Director and Pascal Mattas, Sales Manager from STME.

 

The Winners of the World CIO 200 Summit – Saudi Arabia were – 

Name Company Category
Shadi Ali Almosajen Amlak International for Real Estate Finance Co. Leader
Rajesh Chandramohan Tamimi Markets Master
Khaled Yusuf Autoworld Leader
Jaffer sadiq Movenpick Hotel – Riyadh Next-Gen
Roc Arquiza Escosio Al Faisaliah Hotel Leader
Muhammad Siddiqui International Medical Center Next-Gen
Sulaiman AlKharashi Tatweer Buildings Company Legend
Abdullah Alomari Etihad Etisalat Co. – Mobily Legend
Qasim Nadeem ABANA Enterprises Group Co. Next-Gen
Abdulgader Alharthi Saudi Ground Services Legend
Yazeed AlMarshoud Saudi Ceramics Leader
Hamdi Al-Jadani GIC Leader
Waleed Almutairy Ministry of Justice Next-Gen
Mohammad Hamza Sheikh National Factory for Can Ends Limited Next-Gen
Syed Fakruddin Albeez Dar Al Arkan Legend
Osama Merghani IHG Leader
Sajid Riaz Balsharaf Group Master
Mohammed Mahnashi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Legend
Abdulaziz A. Aloraij Ministry of Communication & Information Technology Legend
Meshal Alfouwais Saudi Electricity Company Legend
Mohammed Al Nuem Ministry of Foreign Affairs Legend
Abdul Aziz Al Jobiri Ministry of Education Legend
Khaled A Alnuaimi Ministry of Interior Legend
Dr. Tahani Al Dosemani Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University Legend

The event was co-hosted with GEC Security Symposium and CISO Awards 2019 which explored the true meaning of what end to end security means in a digital enterprise. Mr. Shaker Al Anazi, Cyber Security Senior Manager, Zain KSA shared an excellent presentation on the topic – ‘Towards effective cybersecurity measurement.’

The top CISOs of the country were felicitated with the Cyber Sentinels CISO Awards. The award winners were –

Name Company
Shaker ALanazi Zain KSA
Muhammad Saleem Ministry of Health
Mohammed Alshamrani Bidaya Home Finance
Amin Mohammed Siddiqui Public Investment Fund
Abdullah Alomari Etihad Etisalat Co. – Mobily
Saghir Ahmad Khan Al Rajhi Bank
Aneesh Salimkumar STC Solutions
Vivek Silla Public Investment Fund
Abdelmajed Ahmed Saeed Fadol Al Hammadi Development & Investment
Kais Barakat Saudi Aramco
Cyber Sentinels Security Awards 2019 – Top VAD Screencheck Middle East
Cyber Sentinels Security Awards 2019 – Top VAD – Cloud Services Al Jammaz Distribution
Cyber Sentinels Security Awards 2019 – Top SI – Security Services STME

 

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CIO 200 Kingdom of Bahrain Edition to be Held Under the Patronage of The Chairman of Shura Council

Brought by Global CIO Forum and organized by GEC Media Group, The World CIO 200 Summit will be held in Kingdom of Bahrain under the patronage of The Chairman of Shura Council on 6th November 2019, celebrating the achievements of the digital leaders. The event will felicitate the IT leaders of 14 countries this year.

The World CIO 200 event is designed with country specific briefings, TechTALK’s, excellent networking sessions, etc. The event shares technology insights and celebrates the success of entire industry.

‘TechTALK’ is one of the niche segments where the ICT industry’s leading solution providers share the dais with four key end users discussing problems, opportunities, challenges and solutions.

Setting a global benchmark in 2018, the CIO 200 event has been testified as one of the most objective oriented events in terms of having all the right elements on the platform for spearheading the digital transformation champions.

Held under the Global CIO Forum, the CIO 200 is a multi-country CIO felicitation ceremony that recognizes the achievements of the digital leaders of today. The CIO 200 is not a competition but a celebration of the amazing lives of the CIOs and their career span. After touring 10 countries in 2018, the awards in 2019 would be going to 14 countries that include – UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, India, Atlanta, Canada, Singapore and South Africa.

Starting September from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the roadshow will culminate in a 2-day gala event in UAE on December 10th and 11th with the unveiling of the second edition of BOTS.

‘BOTS— The Book of Titans’, is a special yearbook that celebrates the success of the world top 200 CIOs of the digital world and their projects. The first edition was unveiled in a gala ceremony amidst the presence of VIPs, dignitaries and some renowned CIOs who successfully made it to the list of 200. The World CIO 200 were chosen after a deep-dive into the mega projects and accomplishments of the CIOs based on the nominations submitted for the CIO 200 Awards.

Commenting on the CIO 200 Awards, Tushar Sahoo, Managing Director, GEC Media Group said – “Today, the role of a CIO is one of the most critical and they hold the future of innovation. The World CIO 200 celebrates their achievements in this industry. The World CIO 200 Summit is of great importance in terms of knowledge sharing and networking.”

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CIO 200 Saudi Arabia Edition to be Held Under the Patronage of MCIT

Brought by Global CIO Forum and organized by GEC Media Group, The World CIO 200 Summit will be held in Saudi Arabia under the patronage of The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on 11th September 2019, celebrating the achievements of the digital leaders. The event will felicitate the IT leaders of 14 countries this year.

The World CIO 200 event is designed with country specific briefings, TechTALK’s, excellent networking sessions, etc. The event shares technology insights and celebrates the success of entire industry.

‘TechTALK’ is one of the niche segments where the ICT industry’s leading solution providers share the dais with four key end users discussing problems, opportunities, challenges and solutions.

Setting a global benchmark in 2018, the CIO 200 event has been testified as one of the most objective oriented events in terms of having all the right elements on the platform for spearheading the digital transformation champions.

Held under the Global CIO Forum, the CIO 200 is a multi-country CIO felicitation ceremony that recognizes the achievements of the digital leaders of today. The CIO 200 is not a competition but a celebration of the amazing lives of the CIOs and their career span. After touring 10 countries in 2018, the awards in 2019 would be going to 14 countries that include – UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, India, Atlanta, Canada, Singapore and South Africa.

Starting September from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the roadshow will culminate in a 2-day gala event in UAE on December 10th and 11th with the unveiling of the second edition of BOTS.

‘BOTS— The Book of Titans’, is a special yearbook that celebrates the success of the world top 200 CIOs of the digital world and their projects. The first edition was unveiled in a gala ceremony amidst the presence of VIPs, dignitaries and some renowned CIOs who successfully made it to the list of 200. The World CIO 200 were chosen after a deep-dive into the mega projects and accomplishments of the CIOs based on the nominations submitted for the CIO 200 Awards.

Commenting on the CIO 200 Awards, Tushar Sahoo, Managing Director, GEC Media Group said – “Today, the role of a CIO is one of the most critical and they hold the future of innovation. The World CIO 200 celebrates their achievements in this industry. The World CIO 200 Summit is of great importance in terms of knowledge sharing and networking.”

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Global CIO Forum Partners with Kinetic International to Host The World CIO 200 Summit – South Africa Edition

In association with IT Leaders, brought by Kinetic International and co-hosted by Global CIO Forum, the World CIO 200 Summit – South Africa Edition on 8th and 9th October 2019, celebrating the achievements of the digital leaders. The IT Leaders Africa Summit will host a number of business opportunities for IT professionals to share ideas.

The two-day event will witness a unique gathering of IT decision makers and solution providers. The event is designed with specific briefings, TechTALK’s, excellent networking sessions, etc. The event shares technology insights and celebrates the success of entire industry.

‘TechTALK’ is one of the niche segments where the ICT industry’s leading solution providers share the dais with four key end users discussing problems, opportunities, challenges and solutions.

Setting a global benchmark in 2018, the CIO 200 event has been testified as one of the most objective oriented events in terms of having all the right elements on the platform for spearheading the digital transformation champions.

Held under the Global CIO Forum, the CIO 200 is a multi-country CIO felicitation ceremony that recognizes the achievements of the digital leaders of today. The CIO 200 is not a competition but a celebration of the amazing lives of the CIOs and their career span. After touring 10 countries in 2018, the awards in 2019 would be going to 14 countries that include – UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, India, Atlanta, Canada, Singapore and South Africa.

Starting September from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the roadshow will culminate in a 2-day gala event in UAE on December 10th and 11th with the unveiling of the second edition of BOTS.

‘BOTS— The Book of Titans’, is a special yearbook that celebrates the success of the world top 200 CIOs of the digital world and their projects. The first edition was unveiled in a gala ceremony amidst the presence of VIPs, dignitaries and some renowned CIOs who successfully made it to the list of 200. The World CIO 200 were chosen after a deep-dive into the mega projects and accomplishments of the CIOs based on the nominations submitted for the CIO 200 Awards.

Tushar Sahoo, Founder & Managing Director, Global CIO Forum said:  “The IT Leaders Africa Summit offers and invaluable platform to engage with the IT industry leaders and practitioners on the latest trends and technology developments. The GCF Forum and World CIO 200 shares the same vision as the summit and we will felicitate and celebrate with the industry. Kinetic International are leaders in providing business facilitation platforms throughout Africa and we are proud to partner with them.”

“We are excited about the partnership which brings an international element to the show. Our Delegates will have the opportunity to network and debate with other CIOs from around the globe. Partnering with Global CIO Forum will aid us in recognising the successful accomplishments of African IT Leaders through the awards program and BOTS,” commented Terence Southam, Joint MD, Kinetic

About IT Leaders Africa Summit: IT Leaders Africa is the premier CIO and business technology summit where top industry leaders meet to discuss the most current trends affecting key players in the IT sector.  The summit has evolved over the ten years of its existence, just as the role of the CIO has transformed, and offers an invaluable platform to engage with industry leaders and practitioners on the latest trends and technology developments forever altering the strategic function of the IT division.

About Kinetic International: Kinetic is an international business-to-business conference and exhibitions producer based in Cape Town. Our mission is to equip senior management executives with knowledge, market intelligence and viable commercial opportunities.

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The World CIO 200 Summit Chooses Vistar as Events Partner for Egypt

Vistar, the leading PR and event Management Company has been chosen by GEC Media Group as Events Partner for the World CIO 200 Summit – Egypt Edition. Together both the companies have signed an agreement and will coordinate and manage events and communications for Egypt.

As an events partner for the Egypt edition, Vistar will be managing and promoting the event, and building relationship with local customer and IT industry leaders.

Ronak Samantaray, CEO of GEC Media Group said: “We are proud to partner with Vistar. The World CIO 200 is without doubt the most important CIO Awards taking place in the region. The partnership with Vistar will create a platform for the IT leaders in Egypt to easily communicate and nominate for the awards.”

Held under the umbrella of Global CIO Forum, The CIO 200 is a multi-country CIO felicitation ceremony that recognizes the achievements of the ‘Digital Leaders’ of today. After touring 10 countries in 2018, the awards in 2019 is going to 14 countries that include – UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, India, USA, Canada, Singapore and South Africa.

Commenting on this new partnership, Hazem Abed, General Manager at Vistar Egypt, said, “We are delighted with this partnership and happy to be part of such a global event for Egypt. Over past few years, Egypt has regained its ground to have now become one of the fastest growing markets in the region.”

Abed added:” The World CIO 200 Summit is set to facilitate those leaders who have been instrumental in driving the digital transformation in Egypt and also shares knowledge from its platform that will witness a gathering of several leading CIOs, CISOs and IT Heads from various organizations in the country.”

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