IDC Excellence Awards Winners, Announced as Over 1,000 of the Middle East’s Most Influential Tech Leaders Gather for CIO Summit

Dubai -More than 1,000 of the region’s most influential IT and business decision makers gathered online and at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center last week (February 22-24) for the 15th annual installment of IDC Middle East CIO Summit. Hosted in person and on IDC’s industry-leading virtual platform, the event brings together senior business leaders, influential IT leaders, and respected industry analysts to share their collective expertise on around the theme ‘Speeding Up Your Journey in a Digital-First World’.

With more than 60 leading IT vendors, service providers, and professional associations partnering at the event, IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 featured keynote presentations, real-life case studies, and dedicated tracks of technology that explores the latest developments in the areas of cloud, artificial intelligence, digital trust, business continuity, and the future of employment, to name just a few.

The event also hosted a series of fireside chats, best-practice sessions, technology focus groups, panel discussions, and a dedicated CIO Masterclass Arena, showcasing exclusive insights from 30 regional and international industry pioneers.

The main highlights from this year’s hybrid edition of IDC Middle East CIO Summit including:

• An opening keynote from His Majesty Wesam LootahCEO of Smart Dubai Government, Digital Dubai

• Exclusive insights from His Majesty Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti |head of cybersecurity for the UAE Government

• A meaningful statement from Dr. Peter DiamandisNew York Times Bestselling author of three books and founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, on the subject ‘The Future is Faster Thank You Think’

• Contributions from Khalid Al Ameri |renowned Emirati blogger, columnist, motivational speaker, and social media influencer, who participated as master of ceremonies of the event

• IDC Keynotes from there Crawford Del Pretethe global president of IDC, on ‘Transformation in a Digital-First World’ and from Steven FrantzenIDC senior vice president for the EMEA region on ‘Reimagining Tech Strategies for a Digital-First World’

Speaking at the event, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the META region, Jyoti Lalchandani, highlighted the key areas that IDC believes are set to influence the CIO agenda in the coming years.

“The pandemic has led many organizations in the Middle East to carry their digital road maps for up to two years and increasingly move towards a digital-first approach,” Lalchandani said. “Although this is a critical first step, it is not enough on its own. In fact, at IDC, we believe there are three broad themes that shape the tech investment decisions of regional CIOs and the organizations. they represent until 2022 and beyond – the implementation of a digital -first strategy, the search for digital resiliency, and the pursuit of hybridity. ”

The personal portion of the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 concluded with a ceremony marking The IDC Excellence Awards 2022. Designed to recognize the efforts of the region’s top technology executives in driving change, building resilience, and shaping of rapid change, individual awards are distributed to winners in the following categories:

CIO of the Year: Mohammed Al Hashmi, Expo 2020 Dubai

CISO of the Year: Nitin Shingari, Daman Health

  • IT and Business Woman of the Year: Hanan Huwair, Dubai Holding Asset Management

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

SIYA Wesam LootahCEO, Smart Dubai Government, Digital Dubai

Jason RoosCIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Ahmad M. AlmullaFormer Executive Vice President of Corporate Services, Emirates Global Aluminum

Ellis Wang |Chief Head of Technology, Innovation and Information, Mashreq Bank

Eng. Haithem Al FarajSenior Vice President of Technology & Operations, STC

Eng. Albugami GhadaCIO and Presidential Advisor for Digital Transformation, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University

Dr. Ammar H. AlhusainiDeputy Director General, Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) of Kuwait

Ghinwa BaradhiCIO, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, HSBC

Naif Sheshah |Assistant Deputy Governor, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) of Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Al Khayyat |CTO, Al Baraka Islamic Bank

To learn more about IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022, please contact Sheila Manek at [email protected] or +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #IDCMECIO.

IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 is supported by the Cyber ​​Security Council UAE, Dubai Police, Saudi Data and AI Authority, and several leading companies from across the region, including: Strategic Partner: GBM; Digital Transformation Partners: Tech Mahindra and Oracle; Innovation Partners: Injazat; Smart ICT Partner: Dynatrace; Summit Partners: Riverbed, TATA Consultancy Services, Unifonic, SoftServe, Lenovo, Red Hat, Turbonomic, VMware, Mideast Data Systems, and AWS; Platinum Partners: CyberKnight, Mastercard RiskRecon, BlackBerry, Tenable, BluePrism, Qualys, ServiceNow, Nutanix / Salesforce Tableau, Wizards, Armis, Denodo, Apptio, HCL, and Cloud4C; Technology Focus Group Partners: Outsystems, Equinix, Aruba, Netapp / Logicom, Informatica, Mandiant, Zoom, Nintex, ManageEngine, Confluent, Entrust, Mendix, Microfocus, SUSE, Glass House, Trellix, Freshworks, and Udacity; Fireside Chat Partner: Workato, and KYNDRYL; Dinner partner: Symphony SummitAI; Associate Partners: the UAE Banks Federation, the Dubai Business Women Council, the Emirates Digital Association for Women, Women in AI, and Women in Cyber ​​Security Middle East.

About IDC

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For the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region, IDC maintains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage combines local insights with international insights to provide a comprehensive understanding of the markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently employs more than 130 analysts, consultants, and conference partners across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA.


Covered Companies

Rogers Associate Financial Partners Inc., Meta Platforms Inc., Smart Dubai Government Establishment, OutSystems SA,, Inc., Tech Mahindra Limited, SANTANDER GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY AND OPERATIONS SL, Mendix Inc., NetApp, Inc., Twitter, Inc . ., Dubai Holding LLC, Apptio Inc., SUMMIT PARTNERS, LP, AL BARAKA ISLAMIC BANK BSC – CLOSED, LEERINK TRANSFORMATION PARTNERS LLC, Armis Inc., Lenovo Group Limited, Qualys Inc., Platinum Partners, Mideast Data Systems, TRELLIX CORPORATION, FireEye, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, MasterCard Incorporated, The New York Times Company, Informatica LLC, VMTurbo, Inc., Equinix Inc., Nutanix, Inc., GOMEZ INC., ServiceNow, Inc., SoftServe Inc . ., VMware, Inc., Amazon Web Services Inc., Udacity Inc., Micro Focus International plc, MASHREQBANK PSC, LinkedIn Corporation

Regions Covered


Topics Covered

Digital transformation, Failover and failback, Management

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