Perfect planning

His first days as an international student in Ann Arbor, Michigan were a bit trying. However, it was his determination to move outside his comfort zone that made Alaeddin Al-Badawna, Manager – IT, ADMA-OPCO, the detail-oriented professional he is today.

Port authority

Yousif Almutawa, CIO, DP World, has seen some ups and downs. From a start-up in California during the Internet boom and subsequent crash, to the surge in construction in Dubai in the mid-2000s, Almutawa has learned a few things about success and failure.

Strong hold

Although he didn’t start out as a techy, Ajay Rathi’s passion for technology has eventually shone through. Meraas Holding’s Head of IT has enjoyed long tenures in the Indian oil and gas industry and the Dubai property scene, and his commitment for driving business through technology has endured.

Hospitality headhunt

With a wealth of hospitality IT experience under his belt, Prasanna Rupasinghe, Director of IT and AV, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, knows what it takes to keep his guests happy. His reputation for accomplished projects have ensured that he has always had an array of Middle Eastern companies chasing his services.

Digital dose

Vignesh Unadkat, Director of IT and Promotions, Thumbay Group, was exposed to computers at an early age. Since then, his zeal for technology has only grown. This interest has become a passion for him, and a key asset to Thumbay Group.

Sage strategy

With over a decade’s experience in the banking industry, Faizal Eledath knows that great results don’t come overnight. The National Bank of Oman Chief Information Officer has learned the value of comprehensively understanding a business and its employees before making rash decisions.

To boldly go

Ahmed Yahya, Chief Information Officer, Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, takes time out to speak to CNME about his career journey which led him to the Abu Dhabi firm.

Hot property

Abdulsalam Al Bastaki knows exactly what he wants from his employees. An eight year stint in the USA has enabled the Senior Executive Director of Information Management at Dubai Properties Group to teach them how to operate independently, and has helped him to implement new IT infrastructure at a range of top companies.

IT on all fronts

Khalifa Fund IT Director Dr. Zuhair Lardhi has been a mainstay of the Middle East IT industry, but in the midst of his career progression he found the time to satisfy his passion for academia.

In the driving seat

Benvir Padda has never been one to take things easy and see where he ends up. From a young age, the Legatum IT chief always made sure that things were never left to chance.

Broadcast the passion

Striving to keep up with a high-achieving family, Ali Radhi, Head of IT, MBC, has relied on his relentless passion for technology to find professional success.

Thirst for knowledge

Neil Menezes’ journey to becoming Group Director of Information Technology Operations at Jumeirah Group was a series of personal highlights, which saw an initial interest in computer games transform into a thirst for networking expertise.


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