A celebration of business resilience and leadership

Covid-19 is an unprecedented challenge for IT leaders as they have to rethink their business continuity strategies to ensure employees have all the tools they require to work remotely.

With technology becoming integral to business continuity, and downtime not an option, the role of the CIO in an organisation’s crisis management team is more important than ever. Besides the technical challenges, they have to navigate the cultural challenges of remote work, plan for network performance and capacity, and ensure the business is running smoothly without hiccups.

The unfolding crisis has tested the BC and DR plans of many organisations in the Middle East, and potential fault lines. And we are going to celebrate the outstanding achievement of CIOs, who have turned challenges into opportunities during this pandemic crisis by adapting their IT systems to transform the workforce and keep businesses humming as usual.

As IT organisations engage with employees and customers in new ways, CIOs are also increasingly turning to their vendors to help them shape their response to the pandemic and meet operational continuity challenges. Business Continuity Champions Awards 2020 will also turn the spotlight on vendors and service providers, providing tools, systems, and guidance to their customers to tackle this crisis and build resiliency.



10:30am - 10:40am Welcome note
Jeevan Thankappan, Managing Editor, Insight Media and Publishing
10:40am - 10:55am Leading through the pandemic - Lessons learned
Sebastian Samuel, CIO, AW Rostamani
10:55am - 11:10am Bracing for the new normal
Mubarik Hussain, director of IT, Bloom Holding
11:10am - 11:40am Panel Discussion Technologies shaping the post-pandemic new normal
Abdulrehman Tariq, regional sales director, Pulse Secure
Filip Verloy, EMEA field CTO, Rubrik
Taj El-Khayat, regional director, Citrix
Tony Zabaneh, manager-systems engineering, Fortinet
11:40am - 12:30pm Business Continuity Champions awards ceremony



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For nomination enquiries:
Jeevan Thankappan
+971 56 415 6425
For sponsorship enquiries:
Merle Carrasco
+971 55 118 1730