IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019 reveals CIO Awards

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019 announced the second edition of the IDC CIO Excellence Awards.

CIO of the Year

Winner: Ghinwa Baradhi, CIO, HSBC, MENA & Turkey
Ghinwa Baradhi, CIO of HSBC, MENA and TurkeyFinalists: Mohammed Sater, Head of IT, Mumtalakat Holding Company; Abdulaziz S. Al-Ghufaili, CTO, Saudi Industrial Development Fund; Amani AlJassmi, Director of Information Technology, Dubai Health Authority; and Thanos Papadimitriou, Group Director of Information Technology, Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone

CISO of the Year

Winner: Saqib Chaudhry, CISO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Finalists: Asma Omar Mohammed Muallemi, CISO, Dubai Municipality; Sultan Altukhaim, CISO, Capital Market Authority, Saudi Arabia

Best Customer Experience Transformation

Winner: Dubai Police

Finalists: Union Insurance; Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Best Business Operations Transformation

Winner: Jazeera Airways

Finalists: Abu Dhabi Municipality; Tatweer Buildings Company

Best IT Service Transformation

Winner: Engineering Office, Dubai

Finalists: Al Masah Capital; Daman

“The role of the CIO is continuously evolving. We need to help businesses drive growth, efficiency, and customer experience, whilst working hand-in-hand with them to create customer-centric digital transformation journeys,” Ghinwa Baradhi, CIO, HSBC, MENA & Turkey, said.

CIO Advisory Council

Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government

Fuad Al Ansari, vice president of IT, ADNOC Refining

Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Artificial Intelligence, Dubai Police

Yahya Abdulrahman, former executive director of IT & Communications, Saudi Electricity Company

Ahmad Almulla, executive vice president of Corporate Services, Emirates Global Aluminium

Salim Al Ruzaiqi, CEO, Information Technology Authority, Oman

IDC partners for the Middle East CIO Summit 2019

# Oman’s Information Technology Authority
# MicroStrategy
# Genesys
# Forcepoint
# UiPath
# Injazat
# Quinnox
# Attivo Networks
# FireEye
# Honeywell
# Hitachi Vantara
# Automation Anywhere
# BlackBerry
# ServiceNow
# Nutanix
# Sage
# OpenText
# Commvault
# Nexthink
# Alpha Data
# Robotik World
# Freshworks
# OutSystems
# Equinix
# ManageEngine
# Plantronics
# MDS ap
# Huco
# Qlik
# SquareOne Technologies
# ZephyrTel
# Veeam Software

“CIOs are coming under pressure to disrupt their organizations in a meaningful way, reinventing the experiences of customers, partners, and employees with the help of  technologies like artificial automation, robotics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things,” said Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

This pressure will see spending on digital transformation initiatives across the Middle East and Africa top $25 billion this year.

IDC accepted nominations across 5 categories since November and received 135 submissions from 86 different organizations. IDC’s CIO Advisory Council for the Middle East reviewed the nominations.