Transformational Leadership Awards: Honouring excellence and innovation

CPI Media Group and have hosted the Transformational Leadership Awards, a first-of-its-kind virtual awards ceremony on Monday, 20th July.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed organisations across multiple industries to re-think the way they operate to ensure business continuity. While many continue to struggle in adapting to this paradigm shift, there are some who have turned the challenges brought by the pandemic into an opportunity to fully embrace the digital era.

Transformational Leadership Awards honoured 15 IT vendors and 35 end-users, who have leveraged their expertise and knowledge to equip businesses with the tools to cope and reshape the world post COVID-19.

In line with the ‘new normal’, the event was virtually attended by over 200 industry players, who joined the celebration in honouring the success of business and IT leaders who have shown excellence in championing the transition to new working models and in accelerating digital transformation amid these challenging times.

The virtual event also featured an exclusive panel discussion with some of the most prominent figures from the IT ecosystem in the Middle East.

Moderated by CNME Editor Mark Forker, the discussion focused on the topic of COVID-19, and panelists examined the role their companies played in maintaining ‘businesses continuity’ during the crisis, the transition to working remotely, the security challenges that presented, the opportunities that will arise from the situation – and the economic impact the pandemic has had on the UAE.

The panel consisted of Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President- Digital Industries Strategy, Huawei; Savio Tovar Dias, Senior Director – Sales Engineering, Avaya International; Oussama Bachoour, Senior Systems Engineer, Fortinet; Anas A. Abdul-Haiy, Director and Deputy CEO of Proven Consult; Samer F. Hani, Sales Director, Middle East, Ivanti; James Harvey, EMEA CTO at Cisco AppDynamics; and Rajesh Ganesan, Vice President, ManageEngine.

You can watch the event here:


Here’s the full list of winners:

Vendor categories

Hikvision AI Innovation Vendor of the Year
Raqmiyat Best Automation Solutions Provider
Sophos Best Evolved Cybersecurity Vendor
D-Link Best Remote Connectivity Solutions
Rackspace Cloud Solutions Provider of the Year
Avaya CSR Leader of the Year
Fortinet Cybersecurity Vendor of the Year
Huawei Digital Transformation Partner of the Year
Eufy Security Innovative Home Security Technology of the Year
Barco Innovative Meeting Experience of the Year
Huawei Innovative Vendor of the Year
NetApp Leader in Hybrid Multi-Cloud Experience
Micro Focus Security Transformation Leader of the Year
IFS Service Management Leader of the Year
Cybereason Next-Gen Cybersecurity Vendor of the Year


Transformational Leaders 2020

  • Ahlam Al-Sarheed, KFMC
  • Ahmed Salman, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
  • Aliasgar Bohari, Zulekha Hospital
  • Amani Aljassmi, Dubai Health Authority
  • Andre Wyss, Emirates Group IT
  • Anindo Banerjee, Meraas Holding
  • Anshul Srivastav, Emirates Post
  • Arul Jose Vigin, DIFC Courts
  • Don Surrao, Aujan Group Holdings
  • Ellis Wang, Mashreq Bank
  • Erik Dudman Nielsen, Virgin Mobile, Middle East & Africa
  • Faisal Ali, The Gargash Group
  • Ghanem Khalfan Ghanem Al Mehairbi, Statistics Center, Abu Dhabi
  • E. Noor AlNoman, Department of eGovernment, Sharjah
  • Hadi Anwar, Group 42
  • Hussein Mohammed Elmehdi, University of Sharjah
  • Jaleel B Rahiman, Prime Healthcare Group
  • Jassim Haji, Artificial Intelligence Society, Bahrain
  • Jayesh Maganlal, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
  • Khalfan Matar Al Hassani, Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre (ADMCC)
  • Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, Dubai Police
  • Matar Sulhail Salem Al Mehairi, DEWA
  • Mohamed Hamed Abdel-Hameed, Ceramica Platino Group
  • Mohamed Al Maeeni, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management
  • Mubarik Hussain, Bloom Holding
  • Nithin Geo Thomas, Amity Education Middle East
  • Sabir K.V. Cupola,
  • Samir Abi Frem, Rotana Group of Hotels & Resorts
  • Shah Room Khan, Emirates College of Technology, Abu Dhabi
  • Shanawaz Kakkot Kallery, Enhance Group (AWJ Towell Group Company)
  • Warren Price, Dubai Petroleum
  • Wissam Messarra, Mazrui International
  • Yuri Misnik, First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Mohammed Sleeq, Aramex
  • Haitham Ak Khiary, Al Rajhi Bank
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