The World CIO 200 Summit 2021 continued with the third virtual event of the Oman, Kuwait, Qatar edition on 22nd September with a theme “#Change” at the GCF Virtual Arena. Carrying forward its legacy of the past five years, this year, the roadshow is going to cover 36+ countries and provide a platform for 200+ exhibitors with 300+ engaging sessions. Over 4,000 C-Level executives will be recognised in the 2021 edition.
The event partners of The World CIO 200 Summit were Infoblox, F5, Exclusive Networks, BMB, Laserfiche Veritas, Finesse and Arcon.
The World CIO 200 Summit- Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar edition was opened by CEO Ronak Samantaray and Gurleen Rooprai, Project Lead, GEC Media Group.
During the event, there were four keynote speakers, and one panel discussion was moderated by Arun Shankar. The event was followed by The World CIO 200 awards. The event was streamed live from the GCF virtual arena and on Vimeo.
The World CIO 200 Summit has four award categories including Legend CIO, Leader CIO, Master CIO, and Next-generation CIO:
- Legend CIO: Lifetime achievement awards.
- Master CIO: Experience of more than 15-20 years and unparalleled technological experience in a career life span.
- Legend CIO: Experience of 10-15 years and multiple domain expertise.
- Next-generation CIO: Experience of 5-10 years or less and undertaken mammoth projects in a less span of time.
World CIO 200 Summit have four categories legend CIO- lifetime achievement awards, master CIO- Experience of more than 15-20 years and unparalleled technological experience in a career life span, legend CIO- experience of 10-15 years and multiple domain expertise and next-generation CIO- Experience of 5-10 years or less and undertaken mammoth projects in a less span of time.
Here are the highlights of the various speaker keynote presentations.
World CIO 200 Country IT Outlook
In the opening keynote address, Hussain AlNakkas, CIO, National Assembly of Kuwait highlighted how the roles and responsibilities of CIOs post Covid pandemic.
Andy Malone, MVP, MCT said that the coronavirus has a major impact on the way of doing business and the way we work now. Andy Malone highlighted some of those changes and impacts in his speech and said, “Products like Zoom, Microsoft team exploded and working in the cloud becomes a new normal and for companies you have hybrid solutions.”
Technology Outlook 2022
Ahmed Farid, Territory Account Manager, Infoblox talked about the reason of customers embracing digital, security and operational challenges and improve incident response times through extensive integration.
Ahmed Farid said ransomware is everywhere and somewhere it is raising, and it is a natural result of where we reach. Now it is easier to attack on penetrates.
Leadership in Post Pandemic: A cross-border view
A cross-border panel discussion was moderated by Arun Shankar, Editor, GEC Media Group along with top panelists including Dr Sunil Kumar Pandey, Praful Thummar, Umesh Moolchandani, and Zubair Elahi.
Businesses led by their technology heads are revamping their infrastructure and application stack looking at vastly improved customer experience, higher returns from sales, business resilience and business continuity. Failed organisations and industries are experiencing consolidations, shakeouts, and exits for being laggards in technology adoption. The panelists answered three rounds of discussions as below:
- In your opinion, based on your organisation’s experiences and the market sector that you operate in, which specific technologies and applications have helped your organisation build resilience, agility, and leadership in the last 18 months.
- As the head of technology decision making, responsible for pulling your organisation through the challenges of the last 18 months, tell us about your engagement with business and other peers, who worked closely to revamp operations and processes, and facilitate further digitisation and cloud migration.
- As we move into the recovery phase of the pandemic and further, many business opportunities are appearing ahead. In your opinion, what technology initiatives should organisations put in place to further build leadership and resilience in their markets and industries.
Srihari Moningi, Territory Account Manager, Infoblox Qatar talked about Zero-Trust Model and DNS- Demystifying the concept for advancing security of infrastructure. Srihari Moningi said Infoblox has those solutions who can mitigate risk and briefed the old concept of architecture and new architecture including Cloud, SaaS, SD-Wan and WFH.
The announced winners of The World CIO 200 Summit – Oman, Kuwait and Qatar edition include:
|Kuwait||Ibrahim Riachi||Mabanee Company||Legend|
|Kuwait||Hussain A. AlNakkas||National Assembly of Kuwait||Master|
|Kuwait||Praful Thummar||Jazeera Airways||Legend|
|Kuwait||Thangaswamy Jacob||National Real Estate Company K.P.S.C||Legend|
|Kuwait||Dr Anis Mattur||Al-Hasawi Group||Master|
|Kuwait||Mansour Ahmed Al Methen||The Public Authority of Civil Information||Master|
|Kuwait||Basil Al-Suwaidan||Kuwait International Bank||Master|
|Kuwait||Thalaya Alfozan||Kuwait University/ Ministry of Finance||Master|
|Kuwait||Osama Al-Shahrani||National Bank of Kuwait||Master|
|Kuwait||Fahad Al Fahad||Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority||Master|
|Kuwait||Lamya Barrack Altabtebai||Kuwait Finance House||Master|
|Kuwait||Chandrashekhar Nene||Wataniya Airways||Master|
|Kuwait||Kurien Varghese||Burgan Bank||Master|
|Oman||Laila AL Hadhrami||National Energy Center||Master|
|Oman||Sanjeev Madavi||Khimji Ramdas LLC||Legend|
|Oman||Mahesh Bhatt||The Chedi Muscat||Next Generation CIO|
|Oman||Micheal Selva Kumar KD||Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel||Master|
|Oman||Nouman Al Monthri||Ministry of Civil Service – Oman||Master|
|Oman||Asila Mohammed Sultan Al Kabani||Ministry of Manpower – Oman||Master|
|Oman||Hamad Al Wahaibi||ACWA Power Barka SAOG||Master|
|Oman||Hamed Salim Rashid Al Hinal||Ministry of Defence||Master|
|Oman||Faizal Eledath||NBO – Oman||Master|
|Oman||Tariq Al Balushi||Public Authority for Electricity and Water||Master|
|Oman||Abdullah Al Raqadi||Ministry of Health||Master|
|Oman||Omar Al Mazroul||Ministry of Health||Master|
|Oman||Rashid Al Riyami||Muscat Municipality||Master|
|Qatar||Mohammed Ishtiaq Hussain||UTI Cybersecurity Cloud and IT LLC||Legend|
|Qatar||Anto Pius||ASTER DM HEALTHCARE||Master|
|Qatar||Saheem Ibrahim Al Balushi||Doha Bank||Legend|
|Qatar||Ali Nouman||Doha Bank||Master|
|Qatar||Faizal Babu Kavungal Thodika||Gulf Drilling International Q.S.C||Legend|
|Qatar||Mohammed P.A||Transind Holding||Next generation CIO|
|Qatar||Samir Pawaskar||Q-CERT/Ministry of Transport and Communication||Legend|
|Qatar||Pasantha Walpola||Four Points by Sheraton Doha||Master|
|Qatar||Fayez Al Khatib||Al Qamra Holding||Legend|
|Qatar||Joanes Mulyo||The Ritz-Carlton Doha||Master|
|Qatar||Rahul Mistry||Kempinski Qatar||Master|
|Qatar||Mohammed Jaouni||Arab Bank||Master|
|Qatar||Adiy Adnan Shariff||North Oil Company||Master|
|Qatar||Adel Al-Malki||Qatar National Bank||Master|
|Qatar||Mohammed Khalid Abushawish||Commercial Bank of Qatar||Master|
|Qatar||Ammar Albaik||La Cigale Hotel||Master|
|Qatar||Hareesh K||Regency Group||Master|
|Qatar||Adel Al Maraghi||Qatar Customs||Master|
|Qatar||Joanes Mulyo||The Ritz-Carlton Doha||Master|
|Qatar||Bassam Alyafei||Ministry of Culture and Sports||Master|
|Qatar||Aladdin Saqer||Head of Information Technology||Master|
Critical Elements of World CIO 200
- BOTS- The Annual CIO Handbook.
- Grand Finale with 2 days of networking, collaboration, knowledge sharing and CAC.
- Tech Talk: The most novel way of making your presentations come alive.
- DX Inspire Awards: Global 20 Recognition for the most Transformative Projects and Solutions.
What is new this year
The 2021 edition is ready to build roadmaps for strategic decision making and identify yardsticks that are the key drivers of growth in the digital world. While CIOs can pick on sessions to help them fast-track their growth, the solution providers can build their brand, present their solutions and network with 500+ relevant C-level IT decision-makers flown in from 14 countries.
The top CIOs from respective countries will arrive in the United Arab Emirates for the grand finale in an all-expense-paid trip, on 5-6th December 2021 at Topaz Ballroom, Fairmont Ajman. The event will also be part of the Dubai Expo 2020.