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CIO 50 Middle East Award

CIO 50 Middle East Awards 

I am really honored to be selected in the TOP 50 Technology Leaders by IDC and CIO Online.

I thankfull to  CIO Online, IDC Middle East, the judges as well as my family for their unconditional support, my team for making this happen…



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The CIO50 Middle East awards criteria

The 2021 CIO50 Middle East awards were judged on three core pillars: innovation, leadership, and resiliency.

  • Under the innovation pillar, nominees were asked to describe the technological innovations introduced over the past two years that have changed how the business operates.
  • Under the leadership pillar, nominees outlined the ways in which they collaborated and influenced the organisation and its leadership team.
  • Under the resiliency pillar, CIOs were recognised for ensuring continuity of operations and systems during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, before kick-starting efforts to reposition for growth during such a challenging and unpredictable period.

Open to the top technology leader in an organisation—the person with the overall responsibility and control of the IT vision and direction of a company—the CIO50 Middle East awards acknowledged CIOs who operate at the forefront of decision-making to drive strategic change through technology.

Specifically, the CIO50 Middle East awards sought to determine:

  • Technology innovations that changed how an organisation operates.
  • Why innovations were unique in the marketplace.
  • How executives collaborated and influenced their organisations and leadership teams.
  • The role technology played in helping organisations achieve their objectives.

All entries were reviewed by a select and independent CIO50 Middle East judging panel formed by: James Henderson, editorial director at CIO ASEAN; Shumon Zaman, CIO at Ali & Sons; Nasser Alawad, ex-CIO at Sidra Medicine; Marc Ferranti, CIO regional executive editor and editor in chief, IDG News Service; Nagia El-Mary, country manager at IDC Egypt; Barbara Simon, managing director at IDG New Zealand; and Yogesh Gupta, editorial director at CIO India. The judges rated each section of the questionnaire to determine the final list. The most powerful nominations provided real-world examples of how technology and digital-transformation leaders are successfully providing value to organisations, driving innovation and leading teams.

IDG congratulates all 2021 CIO50 Middle East nominees and finalists!

CIO Middle East is proud to introduce the first CIO50 Middle East awards, recognising the top 50 senior technology executives driving innovation, strengthening resiliency, and influencing rapid change in the region.

Reflecting IDG’s increasing commitment to the region, the CIO50 Middle East awards are aligned with a global awards programme and viewed as a mark of excellence within the enterprise.

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The CIO50 Middle East awards this year were judged based on three core pillars — innovation, leadership, and resiliency — and honour transformational, inspiring, and enduring CIOs at both in-country and regional levels in the Middle East.

We received more than 80 submissions from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar in a record-breaking year for the awards programme. Winners were unveiled during a celebration ceremony hosted virtually and attended by more than 400 technology executives from across the region.

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Technology leadership in numbers and words

Leaders of the CIO50 Middle East award winners collectively hold responsibility for more than 40,000 IT employees across the Middle East, averaging more than 500 staff members per organisation. The list covers a range of technology positions, spanning CIO, CISO, CTO, and CDO, in addition to transformation, business, and executive roles across five countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain

More than 15 industry sectors were represented, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, banking, real estate, telecommunications, aviation, government, transport, utilities, and trade unions.

CIO50:  Top 50 tech leaders

The 2022 CIO50 will celebrate the achievements of the top 50 senior technology and digital executives in this country who are driving innovations, building good cultures, and influencing leadership teams across their organisations.

This year, the top 50 will be judged based on responses provided by entrants under two pillars: Innovation and Influence.

For two-and-a-half-years, CIOs and their teams have delivered new hybrid work environments for their organisations. In many sectors such as healthcare and education, senior technology executives have more power and influence than they ever have, largely due to their performances during the devastating pandemic.

In 2022, we are also introducing four Best Project awards that highlight the achievements of technology teams in the following sectors: Financial Services, Healthcare, Government, and Not-For-Profit.

Also in 2022, CIO will present our first Hall of Fame inductee, seven years after the CIO50 program began in

Nominations are now closed. Nominations will be reviewed and marked by our CIO50 judging panel (see the Judges’ section for biographies and backgrounds) who will rate each section of the questionnaire to determine the final list.

Your responses will also form the basis of written profiles of our top 50 list, which will be revealed at an exclusive dinner in Sydney in November.

The profiles will be written by CIO ’s editor-in-chief, Byron Connolly, and associate editor, David Binning.

Stay tuned for more story announcements and updates on the CIO50 for 2022.

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