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Reseller ME hails excellence in IT channel leadership and innovation

Reseller Middle East’s Partner Excellence Awards celebrated and recognised accomplishments in the regional IT channel community.


The ninth edition of the awards kicked-off at Jumierah Emirates Towers and was attended by over 250 industry stalwarts, and recognised 30 organisations and IT channel leaders for their exemplary efforts in accelerating the channel industry.

At the Bollywood Glam-themed awards event, guests got to enjoy a colourful and glamorous gala evening filled with conversations with peers and leaders.

The 2018 edition of Reseller ME’s Partner Execellence Awards received an overwhelming number of 200 nominations spanning across various categories from vendors, distributors and reseller companies.

Winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges who have evaluated the set of nominations from across the region in a ten-day process to decide the most-deserving candidates. The panel comprised of Nehul Goradia, co-founder, Enabler One; Philip Hughes, managing director, Eventcloud DMCC; and Sudhir Nair, CEO, SOL Analytics.

The evening also saw a number of special awards given away including Readers’ Choice for Vendor and Distributor, which was decided by Reseller ME readers via online voting and was won by D-Link Middle East and Africa and Westcon-Comstor accordingly.

Two attendees were also chosen as the winners for Best Dressed during the course of the evening. Gareth Hansford from Gulf Software Distribution and Nadia Jawad from AGC Networks, bagged two Bollywood Parks tickets each, sponsored by Finesse.

Channel personalities were recognised for their leadership in boosting the IT industry from both vendor and distributor’s side, winners include: Outstanding IT Executive (Channel) – Jose Menacherry, managing director, Bulwark Technologies; Outstanding IT Executive (Vendor) – Alaa Elshimy, MD and VP, Huawei Enterprise Business Group; Partner Champion of the Year –       Mohamed Khan, channel head, SAP Global Partner Organization, MENA, SAP; and Woman Executive of the Year – Nandini Sapru, director sales, emt Distribution

The most prestigious category of the evening, Best Partner Excellence Programme, both from a vendor and a distributor was awarded to Dell EMC and Ingram Micro respectively.

Dell EMC were the platinum sponsors for the evening with Redington Value as the strategic VAD partner and AlJammaz Distribution as the disruptive technology partner for the event.

Gold partners included SonicWall, VAD Technologies and Veritas while the Silver partners were Cambium Networks, Ivanti and Barracuda, StarLink, EnGenius and Gulf Software Distribution.

Attendees also won spot prizes from Raffle sponsor Touchmate.


Here’s the full list of winners:

Vendor categories
Cloud Vendor of the Year NetApp
Consumer Vendor of the Year Linksys
Peripherals and Accessories Vendor of the Year Western Digital
SMB Vendor of the Year Avaya
Readers’ Choice Vendor of the year D-Link Middle East and Africa
Reseller categories
Cloud Reseller of the Year TransSys Solutions
Enterprise Reseller of the Year Intertec Systems
Professional Services Reseller of the Year Raqmiyat
Security Reseller of the Year Nanjgel Solutions
SMB/Consumer Reseller of the Year Quality Computers
Solutions Provider of the Year AGC Networks
System Integrator of the Year GBM
Distributor categories
Volume Distributor of the Year Redington Gulf
Cloud Distributor of the Year AlJammaz Distribution
Cybersecurity Distributor of the Year Spire Solutions
Emerging Distributor of the Year Gulf Software Distribution
KSA Distributor of the Year FVC
Specialised Distributor of the Year StarLink
Value-added Distributor of the Year Redington Value
Readers’ Choice Distributor of the year Westcon-Comstor
Editor’s Choice
Editor’s Choice: Best Product Innovation EnGenius
Editor’s Choice: Emerging Networking Vendor of the Year Cambium Networks
Editor’s Choice: Emerging value-added distributor of the Year VAD Technologies
Editor’s Choice: CRM Vendor of the Year Centra Hub
Personality categories
Outstanding IT Executive (Channel) Jose Menacherry, Managing Director, Bulwark Technologies
Outstanding IT Executive (Vendor) Alaa Elshimy, MD and VP, Huawei Enterprise Business Group
Partner Champion of the Year Mohamed Khan, Channel Head, SAP Global Partner Organization, MENA, SAP
Woman Executive of the Year Nandini Sapru, Director Sales, emt Distribution
Best Partner Excellence Programme of the Year Dell EMC
Best Partner Excellence Programme of the Year Ingram Micro



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