As a central hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, the UAE – and Dubai in particular – is ripe with companies …
The bigger picture: HSBC MENAT CIO Ghinwa Baradhi
Since moving to the UAE at the turn of the Millennium, Ghinwa Baradhi has fortified her position as a regional …
Mansour Al Ketbi unites IT teams for $125 billion Mubadala Investment Company
Following the historic merger of Mubadala Development Company and International Petroleum Investment Company into a $125-billion-asset behemoth, work needed to …
The new breed: National Bank of Kuwait CDO Tariq Al-Usaimi
Tariq Al-Usaimi is an undoubted rarity in the Middle East. Now occupying one of the few chief digital officer posts …
Ashith Piriyattiath’s diverse & transformative GCC career
Despite claiming to have “accidentally fallen into the technology industry,” Ashith Piriyattiath’s extensive CV has empowered him with a broad …
Surendra Shetty drives UAE Exchange’s digital transformation
Throughout his career, ‘startup specialist’ Surendra Shetty has had a knack for building technology from the ground up. The UAE Exchange CIO cut his teeth at a range of financial organisations across India, and is now relishing the challenge of sitting in the company’s IT hotseat.
Deloitte ME CIO Akshay Lamba’s journey across business and tech
Determined to combine business and technology acumen in his role, Akshay Lamba took on the position of CIO at Deloitte Middle East in May last year, and now oversees the firm’s IT operations across 16 countries in the region.
Gopi Krishnan’s digital drive at Al Hilal Bank
Gopi Krishnan’s impressive CV in banking technology has earned him significant credibility in the region. Now chief information officer of Al Hilal Bank, he hopes to fulfil the board’s aim of becoming the most technologically advanced firm in Islamic banking.
AECOM’s Anthony Tomai on the importance of people – and patience
Heading a group that was recently named IT Team of the Year at CNME’s ICT Achievement Awards, Anthony Tomai believes in bringing a human touch to the office. Since his move to the Middle East two years ago, the AECOM EMEIA CIO is already enthused with the opportunities the region can bring.
Bank Dhofar’s Dr Tariq Taha on business agility and Branson
With a strong CV spanning a range of industries and geographies, Dr Tariq Taha now finds himself at the core of Bank Dhofar’s agility drive, and has already received national recognition for his work.
Jeddah Municipality CIO Dr Arwa Yousuf Al-Aama defies all odds
Overcoming fierce opposition from the world’s most patriarchal government, dismissive colleagues and Saudi Arabia’s formidable religious police, Dr Arwa Yousuf Al-Aama now sits as a King Abdulaziz University computer science professor, CIO for Jeddah Municipality and a shining example for defying expectation.
Dead Sea to Dalai Lama: Magnolia RMI’s Suhayeb Jaabo
From the Dead Sea to the Dalai Lama, Suhayeb Jaabo has taken in a lot in his career. The Magnolia RM Investment Group Head of IT has developed a fresh outlook on business and life, through an impressive CV that has spanned several of the Middle East’s prime locations.
Hussam Al Nowais’ love of tech, Japan and Star Wars
Hussam Al Nowais’ cultured background befits a media industry pro. The twofour54 IT director’s upbringing in Japan and Egypt has prepped him well for a career that now sees him delivering IT services to some of the world’s top production companies.
Rotana Hotels’ Samir Abi Frem’s passion for hospitality and IT
Rotana Hotel Management Corporation’s corporate vice president of IT Samir Abi Frem speaks about the sharp trajectory of success in his career, and how he has played a key role in the multiplication of the company’s hotel portfolio.