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Professional of the Year Sydney Award (2014)

Professional of the year Sydney Award winner Erdal Ozkaya
Professional of the year Sydney Award winner Erdal Ozkaya

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 Awards provide the opportunity to recognize the best of best in the professionals regardless of their sector in Australia and New Zealand. These coveted awards are among the most prestigious in the sector and highlight the true outstanding achievers operating in the space. This year there were a number of opportunities across a wide field of categories so that all areas of a recruitment business can be acknowledged.

Congratulations to all the winners for your unwavering leadership, especially during such a difficult time.

Promoting excellence and inspiring scientific creativity

As part of the strategy to promote excellence, the Board of Trustees has created a variety of awards for a range of activities to encourage scientific creativity and to reward individuals for substantial contributions to the Society.


We aim to advance basic and clinical sciences concerned with the function and dysfunction of the urinary tract, bowel, and pelvic floor, and to promote multi-disciplinary continence care and encourage the development of continence services in less economically developed countries.

The CIO 50 Middle East Awards 

by IDC and CIO Online.


Technology Leader Award

IDC Technology Leader Award

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 technology 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!

Global Enterprise CIO Winner


It’s a great honor for me to awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and to be called “Microsoft MVP ” again. (2021 -2022)

Beside being an MVP I am still a Microsoft Regional Director (community leadership award) , and to be clear no I am not back to work for Microsoft, but they’re kind enough to recognize my community contributions by way of their award programs .

Thank you for everyone for their support, especially Deepak Rajendran, Ann Johnson and many others…

Dr Erdal Ozkaya

PS : I was awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional first time in 2008 and I hold the title until I joined Microsoft as Full Time Employee in 2016. After resigning from Microsoft in 2018, I was first awarded as Microsoft Regional Director in 2020 and now I am re-awarded as MVP again.

Who are MVP’s ?

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional’s, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries/regions and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart.

What is the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award?

For more than two decades, the Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying “Thanks!” to outstanding community leaders. The contributions MVPs make to the community, ranging from speaking engagements, to social media posts, to writing books, to helping others in online communities, have incredible impact. Key benefits to MVPs include early access to Microsoft products, direct communication channels with our product teams and an invitation to the Global MVP Summit, an exclusive annual event hosted in our global HQ in Redmond.

They also have a very close relationship with the local Microsoft teams in their area, who are there to support and empower MVPs to address needs and opportunities in the local ecosystem. Other benefits include an executive recognition letter, a Visual Studio technical subscription, and an Office 365 subscription.

What does it take to be an Microsoft Most Valuable Professional?

There are 3 very simple steps: Be an expert, do lots of what you love, and let us know! Really, there isn’t a long checklist of things you need to do to become an MVP. The best MVPs really excel in step #2: they LOVE what they do. And we can tell! Whether you’re a great speaker, have a talent in blogging, lead a top technical community, are a social media superstar, a top GitHub or Stack Overflow contributor or have a totally different and cool way to share your passion for our products and services, we’d love to know more!

How can YOU become an Microsoft Most Valuable Professional?

Microsoft wants to award the best and brightest technical community leaders! To place yourself into consideration for the MVP Award, a nomination referral must be first submitted on your behalf by either a Microsoft Full Time Employee (FTE) or Microsoft MVP. Following this referral submission, a link to complete the award nomination will be sent to you. Once you have completed the nomination form, we will review your nomination. As you can imagine, sometimes we receive a lot of applications, this process can take up to 90 days. If you have any questions, please contact the MVP global support channel.

For more information about MVP program :

To see my MVP Profile at Microsoft : 

Microsoft Most Valuable Professiona


Awarded as Microsoft MVP 7th time

Erdal MVP Reconnect Medal