The region’s top 50 CIOs honoured at CNME awards

A selection of CIOs were honoured as the top 50 in the region today at CNME’s annual CIO 50 Awards and Forum event at The Address Hotel, Marina, in Dubai.

The award ceremony recognises the head decision maker of 50 organisations who have shown innovation, intelligence and intuition over the past 12 months.

The event kicked off with a selection of end user presentations, including Joe Tesfai, CIO at Atlantis, The Palm, Ali Almazrooei, CIO at Emal, Arun Tewary, CIO at Emirates Flight Catering, Muhammad Ali Albakri, CIO at Saudi Arabian Airlines and Ali Sajwani, CIO at Emirates NBD.

The main themes addressed by each speaker were the consumerisation of IT and its effect as a business enabler, the challenge of mobility and BYOD and IT expenditure.

“The big five IT trends of the next half decade are mobile, social, cloud, consumerisation, and big data,” said Tesfai.

“Today, IT faces many challenges, but each challenge is an opportunity to innovate,” said Almazrooei.

As well as presentations and the awarding ceremony, CNME also announced the launch of the new CIO Council, an exclusive online platform for the region’s CIOs to connect and collaborate on IT challenges, and CPI Analytics, CPI’s new research venture which will target local resources to gain vital local data for the area, something currently unavailable in the Middle East.

“I’ve been in some pretty big jobs, and all these survey results come out, but I don’t know where from, they’ve never asked me,” joked Tewary, during his presentation.

Albakri delivered a case study on the King Abdullah Economic City currently under construction in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Following the presentations, the awards were handed out to the winners, they were as follows:

1) Aliasgar Bohari Zulekha Hospitals
2) Ali Nimer IRENA
3) Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi General Civil Aviation Authority
4)Saeed Ali Muaili Emarat
5) Jay Daga Topaz
6) Esam Alfalasi Ministry of Economy, UAE
7) Nadeem Busheri Dubai Islamic Bank
8) Sabri Ali Yahya Etisalat
9) Ali Sajwani Emirates NBD
10) Mohammed Abdulla AlZaffin Dubai Municipality
11) Saeed Al Dashti Jumeirah Group
12) Patrick Naef Emirates Airlines
13) Ghazi Qarout Al Hilal Bank
14) Alok Srivastava Masdar
15) Dr. Hazem Turki El Khatib Abu Dhabi Department of Finance
16) Ali Mohd Ali Health Authority – Abu Dhabi
17) Madhusudhan Sarangi Port of Fujairah
18) Ronald D’Sa OSN
19) Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa King Hamad University Hospital
20) Nasser Almojel Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University
21) Muhammad Ali Albakri Saudi Arabian Airlines
22) Joe Tesfai Atlantis, The Palm
23) Suresh Rajagopalan Qatar Islamic Bank
24) Razi Amin First Energy Bank
25) V Suresh Jumbo Electronics
26) Ahmad AlHaddad DP World
27) Robert Pickton Abu Dhabi Health Services Company
28) Osama Abushaban Al Fahim Group
29) Terence Sathyanarayan Drake & Skull
30) Madhav Rao EMKE Group
31) Younis Othman Dubai Customs
32) Arnab Debroy Metito Overseas
33) Dr. Jassim Haji Gulf Air
34) Arun Tewary Emirates Flight Catering
35) Imad Taha Belhasa International Group
36) Wael Abdel-Qader Al Rostamani Group
37) Faud Al-Ansari Takreer
38) Matar Al Qamzi TDIC
39) Amer Kazim Dubai Airports
40) Ali Almazrooei Emal
41) Khalid Tariq Higher Colleges of Technology
42) Amin Al-Zarouni Bee’ah
43) Mahmoud Kamal Habtoor Hotels
44) Samir Abi Frem Rotana Hotels Management
45) Joseph Aninias UOWD
46) Leo de Sousa American University of Sharjah
47) Maisam Zaidi Al Jaber Engineering & Contracting
48) Samir Alamari Alshamel Travel
49) Einstein Johnson Rozario MedNet UAE
50) Fady Sleiman General Electric



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