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Leading CIOs attend Enterprise Transformation Summit & Awards


The inaugural Enterprise Transformation Summit  & Awards held on the 12th of December, saw a large turnout of many of the UAE’s leading CIOs and Senior IT leaders from both government and private sector enterprises. 

DELL EMC and Aptec were the Platinum sponsors of the summit while D-Link, Redington and SEWA were the silver sponsors. Finesse and Epicor were Exhibition partners.

The day’s program divided into two halves saw a summit high on content, in the  first half of the day. The Awards gala followed in the latter part of the evening and saw many high achieving CIOs and senior IT leaders recognized for their outstanding efforts in driving IT initiatives across their organizations.

The summit  put the spotlight on several pertinent themes that are part of the ICT driven transformation in the enterprise segment through keynotes by eminent industry speakers and panel discussions that saw participation from several industry IT stalwarts from different enterprise verticals.

The keynote presentation by Mohammed Shael, CEO of Corporate Strategic Affairs Sector, DED on Blockchain for the Enterprise gave a snapshot view of how Dubai in particular and the UAE are paving the rod to the future by authenticating, speeding up and utlizing the city resources. He emphasized how blockchain will be a key driver in increasing the competitiveness of the city. 

Charbel Zreiby, Sr. Manager, Channel Specialty Sales, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Dell EMC in his presentation detailed how the roadmap to digital transformation is enabled by IT transformation, workforce transformation an security transformation.

Khalid Almansouri, CISO, Department of Energy - Abu Dhabi through his address spoke of various aspects of digital transformation. He highlighted that digital transformation is not just about changing the IT infrastructure but about bringing in a change of the Business model. The ability to do more with less, enhanced customer centricity through more touch points and customer analytics were some of the other insights shared as fundamental to the digital transformation journey.

Dr. Mohammad Khaled Cyber Security Expert and Futurist outlined the need for data security to be interconnected across various private to public facilities. In an era of smart city infrastructure, he outlined the need for cyber resilience by integrating and synchronizing data into actionable information for continuity on a common platform to keep out disruptive threats.

Ajay Rathi, Senior Director Information Technology, Meraas gave a unique perspective through his presentation on enterprise 3.5, and brought into focus how various aspects inclusive of empowering employees, engaging customers, optimizing operations and finally transforming the product and services are  key drivers of transformation. 

Akshay Lamba, CIO, Deloitte gave the final presentation of the day and shared some interesting facets of industry 4.0.

The summit also included three panel discussions which saw participation from some of the top CIOs. A discussion on enterprise transformation and on best practices of Enterprise security were followed by one on blockchain in the enterprise. Each of the discussions saw some great insights being shared with the attentive audience. The panel discussions were moderated by R. Narayan, Editor in chief and publisher of BMI, the organizer of the Enterprise Transformation Summit. Ajay Rathi, Senior Director Information Technology (Meraas),  Herbert Fuchs, CIO / CDO at ASGC,  Eng. Eman Alkhayyal,CIO, SEWA and Nadine Samra, VP Digital Business – Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limite partipcated in the first panel discssuin. The second panel on Best Practices of Enterprise Security was attended by Fatema Ahmed Almalki, Head of Information security,RAK E-Government; Nehal Al Hemeiri,  Head IT Strategy & Quality Assurance Section, ADNOC; Ankit Satsangi, Cyber Security expert as well as Khalid Almansouri, CISO, Department of Energy - Abu Dhabi and Dr. Mohammad Khaled.

The panel on Blockchain in the Enterprise included participation from Adam Lalani, Group Head of IT, Tristar Group,  Kumar Prasoon, Group CIO at Al Safeer Group, George Akhras, CIO, AMSI, Mohamed Roushdy, Head of Technology,Dubai Asset Management as well as Sunil Paul, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Finesse International.

Following the summit, later in the evening, an impressive Awards gala saw an impressive galaxy of CIOs and senior IT leaders being presented with Transformation Maestros and Transformation Accelerator Awards in their respective verticals.  A segment of Awards for Government CIOs and an exclusive one for women IT leaders in government sector were of the highlights of the Awards.

Winners list:

Enterprise Transformation Maestros

Healthcare Transformation Maestro - Ali Ghunaim, CIO, Canadian Specialist Hospital

Hospitality Transformation Maestro - Mohammad Shahzad, CIO , RDK Group

Manufacturing Transformation Maestro - Ahmed Hasan Ali Mohamed, Director, Information Technology, Emirates Global Aluminium

Education Transformation Maestro- George Akhras, CIO, AMSI

Media Transformation Maestro, Nadine Samra, VP Digital Business, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited

Retail Transformation Maestro - Madhava M S Rao, CIO, Lulu Group International

Managed Services Transformation Maestro - Mansoor ALMarzooqi, CIO, MDC Business Management Services

BFSI Transformation Maestro - Ghanem El Shahry, SVP, ADIB

Construction Transformation Maestro - Ramy Mahmoud Abdelwahab, Head of IT, National Marine Dredging Company

Real Estate Transformation Maestro - Ahmed Al Ahmad, CIO, Nakheel PJSC

Telecom Transformation Maestro - Saleem Al Blooshi, CIO, DU

Logistics Transformation Maestro - Adam Lalani, Group IT Head ,Tristar Group

Professional Services Transformation Maestro - Akshay Lamba, CIO, Deloitte, Middle East


Enterprise Transformation Accelerators

Healthcare Transformation Accelerator - Girish Varote, IT Head,  Alzahra Hospital

Hospitality Transformation Accelerator - Ahmed Shawky, IT Manager, Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Manufacturing Transformation Accelerator - Jayakumar Mohanachandran, IT Head, Precision Group

Education Transformation Accelerator - Firoj Kumar Rauta, IT Head, Skyline University College

Media Transformation Accelerator -Pradeep Shukla, Head of Technology, Belong Interactive

Retail Transformation Accelerator- Shailesh Mani, G,  Flemingo International

Managed Services Transformation Accelerator - Jaicil Mohammed, IT Director, Portingx Technology FZE

BFSI Transformation Accelerator - Jeremy Chellan, VP Technology Transformation, Mashreq

Construction Transformation Accelerator - A Raheem, Head Information Technology, AG MELCO

Real Estate Transformation Accelerator - Tabish Asifi, IT Governance Lead, MAF Holding

E-Commerce Transformation Accelerator - Shyam Kesarwani, Senior IT Manager,RAK Bank


Government Transformation Maestros

Urban Planning Transformation Maestro - H. E. Engineer Issa Al Mansouri, Head of the Land and Real Estate Sector,  Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities

E-commerce Transformation Maestro- Hamad AbdulRahman AlZaabi, Information Technology Director, Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi

Utilities Transformation Maestro- Raed Al Ahmed, CIO and Deputy CEO, Emicool

Cybersecurity Transformation Maestro -  Munther Bin Amor, CISO, Abu Dhabi Quality and Control Centre

BFSI Transformation Maestro - Hussain Al Harthi, CIO, Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund (ADRPBF)

Energy Transformation Maestro - Khalid Khamis Almansouri, CISO, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi

Innovation & Transformation Maestro - Dr. Youssuf Al Hammadi, Chief Intelligence Officer, GSEC & ECO, Abu Dhabi Government

Healthcare Transformation Maestro - Mohamed Jumaa Al Junaibi, Chief Support Services Officer, Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Education Transformation Maestro - Dr. Fadi Aloul, Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering – American University of Sharjah

Network Security Transformation Maestro - Khalfan Matar Al Hassani, ICT Director, Abu Dhabi Monitoring & Control Center

Youth Cyber security & Transformation Maestro - Dr. Mohammad Khaled, Cyber security & Digital Transformation Expert – Government

Aviation Transformation Maestro - Khalid Meshait Al Mazrouei, Head of IT Infrastructure, ADAC

Infrastructure Transformation Maestro - Ahmad Abdulsamad Alhamadi, CIO, Department Of Urban Planning And Municipalities

Infrastructure Sector Transformation Maestro - Ahmad Mohammad Darwish Al Emadi, CIO, Dubai Municipality


Government Transformation Accelerators

Cyber security Transformation Accelerator - Eng. Nouri Othman Agha, Senior Security Assurance Analyst,  Emirates Group

Healthcare Transformation Accelerator - Ahmed Alkindi, IT Manager, National Ambulance

Utilities Transformation Accelerator - Ahmed Alktebi, CISO, DEWA

Telecom Transformation Accelerator - Maj. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Head of Telecommunications, Abu Dhabi Police

IT Transformation Accelerator - Mohammad Khalifa Ali Khalfan AlQaizi, IT Director, Dubai Economy

Energy Transformation Accelerator - Faisal Mousa Ibrahim Al Bousi, Head of Cyber SOC, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Transformation Accelerator - Rashed Alshamsi Happiness, Deputy Director for Client Happiness Department, Abu Dhabi Police

Aviation Transformation Accelerator - Mohamed Saleh Aljaberi, Cyber Security Engineer, Presidential Flight


Women Transformation Maestros

Healthcare Transformation Maestro - Mubaraka M. Ibrahim, Director, Ministry of Health and prevention

Oil & Gas Transformation Maestro - Nehal Al Hemeiri, Head, IT Strategy & Quality Assurance Section, ADNOC

Customer Services Transformation Maestro - Suaad Abdulla Al Marzooqi, CIO, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Centre, Abu Dhabi

Utility Transformation Maestro - Eng. Eman Alkhayyal, CIO, SEWA


Women Transformation Accelerators

E-Governance Transformation Accelerator- Fatema Al Malki, Head of Information security, E Government Authority RAK

Oil & Gas Transformation Accelerator - Mariam Al-Braiki, Senior Analyst of Corporate Solutions, ADNOC

Cyber security Transformation Accelerator - Zainab Al Shehaimi, CISO, Ministry of Manpower, Oman

Energy Transformation Accelerator - Hanan Khamis, ICT Governance and Projects Manager – Nawah Energy Company

Utility Transformation Accelerator - Zaineb Al Amin, Assistant Manager- Projects & Communications – Dubai Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau



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