Middle East's Digital Pioneers Honored at IDC CIO Excellence Awards 2019 | About IDC | IDC CEMA

Dubai – With more than 350 of the region's most influential ICT leaders in attendance, the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019 closed last week with a ceremony to mark the second edition of the IDC CIO Excellence Awards. At a time when innovation is becoming the hallmark of competitive success, IDC sought to recognize the efforts of those individuals and organizations that have excelled in conceptualizing and delivering game-changing digital transformation initiatives across the Middle East.

"CIOs are coming under mounting pressure to disrupt their organizations in a meaningful and constructive way, reinventing the experiences of customers, partners, and employees alike with the help of innovation-accelerating technologies like artificial automation, robotics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things," says 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, so it's only right that the pioneering efforts of the region's most successful and innovative digital leaders are highlighted and publicly acknowledged in this way."

IDC had been accepting nominations across 5 categories since November and received a total of 135 submissions from 86 different organizations. These submissions were whittled down to a shortlist that saw senior IDC analysts conduct interviews with all 86 organizations as part of the judging process. IDC's CIO Advisory Council for the Middle East then reviewed the nominations, with the winners and finalists in each category revealed below:

CIO of the Year

Winner: Ghinwa Baradhi, CIO, HSBC, MENA & Turkey

Finalists: 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

Commenting on her experience at the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019, IDC's CIO of the Year, Ms. Ghinwa Baradhi, stressed the importance of facilitating greater collaboration between IT teams and their line-of-business counterparts. "It's been an amazing two days and we learnt a lot," said Baradhi. "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."

IDC would like to thank the esteemed members of the CIO Advisory Council for being part of the judging process:

  • H.E. Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government
  • Fuad Al Ansari, Vice President of IT, ADNOC Refining
  • Brigadier 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
  • Dr. Salim Al Ruzaiqi, CEO, Information Technology Authority, Oman

IDC's valued partners for the Middle East CIO Summit 2019 included Oman's Information Technology Authority as ICT Partner; MicroStrategy, Genesys, Forcepoint, and UiPath as Platinum Partners; Injazat as CEO Session Partner; Quinnox, Attivo Networks, FireEye, Honeywell, Hitachi Vantara, Automation Anywhere, BlackBerry, ServiceNow, Nutanix, Sage, OpenText, Commvault, Nexthink, and Alpha Data with HPE as Focus Group Partners; Robotik World and Digital Communication as Innovation Partners; Freshworks, OutSystems, Equinix, ManageEngine, Plantronics, MDS ap, Huco, and Qlik with SquareOne Technologies as Exhibit Partners; ZephyrTel and Veeam Software as Breakfast Partners; and FintechNews Network as the event's official Media Partner.

For more information about the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019, please visit  www.idcciosummit.com/dubai. You can also search for news or tweet about the Summit using the hashtag #IDCMECI