CIO Middle East is proud to unveil the expanded CIO50 Middle East Awards in 2022, recognizing the top 50 technology executives who are driving innovation, building resilience and influencing rapid change across the Middle East.
The CIO50 Middle East Awards align with Foundry’s global awards program and are considered a mark of excellence within the company. Last year, CIO Middle East launched the first edition of the CIO50 Awards in the region, judging four fundamental pillars of innovation, diversity and culture, workplace and data intelligence, honoring transformational, inspiring and sustainable CIOs at national and regional level. levels across the Middle East.
Technology leadership in numbers and words
Leaders of CIO50 Middle East award winners are collectively responsible for over 40,000 IT employees across the Middle East, averaging over 500 staff per organization. The list covers a range of technology roles, covering CIO, CISO, CTO and CDO, in addition to transformation, business and leadership roles in five countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
More than 15 industry sectors were also represented, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, banking, real estate, telecommunications, aviation, government, transportation, utilities and labor.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, technology leaders have remained resilient and continued to act as agents of change, resulting in a transition from mere gatekeepers in IT to entrepreneurs driving new ideas and strategies.
The list of CIO50 Middle East winners highlights technology executives focused on creating and developing, building first-to-market projects capable of weathering the pandemic and preparing the company for future growth.
Such work also cements CIO50 Middle East as the premier awards program for technology leaders in the region, part of a larger global initiative alongside the CIO50 Australia, CIO50 New Zealand, CIO75 ASEAN and CIO100 India awards. . These are in addition to the CIO100 awards in the US and UK.
Ali & Sons’ Shumon Zaman takes top honors
The top-ranked technology leader in 2022 is Shumon Zaman, CIO and CDO at Ali & Sons. Saman and his team lead a digital-focused program, enabling Ali&Sons’ digital transformation journey while supporting the efficient and profitable operation of the business
Over the past year, Ali & Sons has embarked on its digital transformation journey called Quantum, which is revolutionizing the way the group operates and is a key catalyst for its long-term double-digit growth. Quantum is ready to help the company innovate, transform and lead the industry with its multiple phases. In the initial phase, for example, they have developed several different data collection platforms (structured and unstructured data collection) which have already unlocked operational efficiency to exceed more than AED 14 million this year and provide now new insights to help predict the future of our employees using integrated AI and ML tools.
Top 10 CIO50 Middle East winners:
1. Shumon A. Zaman, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer at Ali & Sons (UAE)
2. Jason E. Roos, CIO, KAUST University (KSA)
3. Mario Foster, CIO, Al Naboodah Group (UAE)
4. Veneet Purushotaman, Group IT Director, Aster DM Healthcare LLC (UAE)
5. Anthony Lynsdale, Vice President of Information Technology, Atlantis Dubai (UAE)
6. Abeer Khedr, Head of Cyber Security, National Bank of Egypt (Egypt)
7. Heide Young, Head of Cyber Strategy and Engagement NEOM (KSA)
8. Murat Özkan, Information and Digital Director, Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
9. Sirin Aktas, CIO, Edenred Turkey (Turkey)
10. Mohamed Al Doseri, CISO, Tasheel Finance (Saudi Arabia)
The full list of CIO50 Awards winners in alphabetical order:
Ahmad Yahya, COO/CIO, American Hospital Dubai (AHD).
Ali Juma Alajme, Director of Department of Digital Health, Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates.
Aliasgar Bohari, Senior Director – IT, Zulekha Hospital.
Arul Jose Vigin, IT Manager, DIFC Courts.
Atul Aggarwal, Regional IT Manager, Caesars Palace.
Aysegul, CIO, Index Group.
Damian O Gara, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Kent.
Dr. Reem Faraj Alshammari, CISO, Kuwait Oil Company.
Erol Ozguner, CIO, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
Fusun Borluq, Director of Agile IT, Robotic Process Automation and Quality Management, IGESA.
George Eapen, Group IT Director, Petrofac Limited.
Germin Abuel, CIO, The British University in Egypt.
Gigi Matthew Thomas, Group Head – IT and Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment LLC.
Hajar Al Maazmi, SVP – Head of Information Technology, Ajman Bank.
Hana Fareed Alsaleh, IT Manager, Al Jabr Finance.
Hayriye Karadeniz, CIO and CDO, Ford Otosan Turkey.
Hesham Daabes, CIO, Bank of Cairo.
Hisham Mohamed Aly, CISO, Emirates NBD Egypt.
Hoda Alkhzaimi, director of the Cybersecurity Center at New York University Abu Dhabi.
Jacob Matthew, IT Manager, Government of Abu Dhabi.
Jijish Gopi, CSO, Dubai Department of Finance.
Krishnan Gopi, Group Disruption Manager, GEMS Education.
Lars Gerhmann, Group Chief Digital Officer, Qatar Insurance Group.
Mai Bader Alowaish, Head of Data and Innovation, Gulf Bank of Kuwait.
Maisa J Shunnar, Group Digital Transformation Manager, Bahrain Islamic Bank.
Manal Allam, IT Manager and Business Partner, Merck
Muath Alhomoud, CISO, Smart Digital Payments Holding.
Mubarik Hussain, IT Director, Bloom Holding.
Nani Mohammed Butti, Director of Information System, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bahrain.
Nicole Webb, Chief Information Officer, Atlantis Dubai.
Pankaj Bajaj, Chief Technology Officer, Capital Health Abu Dhabi.
PhD Mohamed Hamed, CIO, Platino Group.
Shahrin Oli Mohamed, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Shell LNG Trading.
Sreedhar Suragouni, CIO, Oman Insurance Company.
Sunil Nair, Group Information Director, GMG.
Umesh Moolchandani, CIO, Bin Dasmal Group.
Venkatesh Mahadevan, CIO, Dubai Investments PJSC.
WILFREDO PÉREZ RIVERO, CIO, Infinity of Lights.
Wissam Al Adany, Group CIO, ADES Arabia Holding.
Yahyah Pandor, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Fine Hygienic Holding.
CIO of the year
Shumon Zaman, CIO and CDO at Ali & Sons
Leader in innovation
Veneeth Purushotaman Group CIO at Aster DM Healthcare LLC
Leadership in culture and diversity
Shahrin Oli Mohamed, Head of IT and Digital at Shell LNG Trading
Leadership in the workplace
Umesh MoolchandanI, CIO at Bin Dasmal Group
Data Intelligence Leadership
Ahmad Yahya, COO and CIO at American Hospital Dubai
Leadership in cybersecurity
Abeer Khedr, head of cybersecurity at the National Bank of Egypt
IT Team of the Year
The criteria of the CIO50 Middle East Awards
CIO50 Middle East was judged on the core pillars of Innovation, Culture and Diversity, Workplace, Data Intelligence and Cybersecurity, honoring transformative, inspiring and sustainable CIOs nationally and regional in the Middle East.
All entries were reviewed by a selected and independent jury of the CIO50 Middle East, John Barton, ex-CIO of Abu Dhabi Airports, Shafique R Ibrahim, ex-Chief Information Digital Officer, Debbie Botha, Women in AI Global Chief Partnership , Carmen Marsh, President and CEO of United Cybersecurity Alliance, Mario Moreno del Toro, Editorial Coordinator Computerworld and CSO Foundry Spain and Victoria Mendes, Research Manager at IDC MEA, who evaluated each section of the questionnaire to determine the final list. The most powerful nominations provided concrete examples of where CTOs successfully deliver value to organizations, drive innovation and lead teams.
Foundry congratulates all winners and finalists of the IOC50 Middle East in 2022.