A tribute to the visionaries and pioneers of IT in the Middle East

A tribute to the visionaries and pioneers of IT in the Middle East

There is no business without IT today and technology has an impact on every aspect of how any business operates. However, harnessing the full potential of IT requires vision and ingenuity, and laser-sharp focus on innovation.

CXO Middle East is hosting its inaugural awards to recognise IT leaders who have achieved operational excellence with best practices, new methodologies and right technology resources. The award is designed to honor innovative and forward-thinking IT executives whose actions have had an impact on their own organisations and the industry they work in.

The awards are open to IT executives anywhere in the Middle East and all entrants for CXO 50 Awards will be evaluated by a judging panel comprising industry stalwarts. So, if you are an IT pro who has demonstrated innovative leadership with real-world results we would like to hear from you.


09:00am - 10:00am Registration and networking
10:00am - 10:10am Welcome note
Jeevan Thankappan, Managing Editor, Insight Media and Publishing
10:10am - 10:30am Decoding digital transformation
(Venkatesh Mahadevan, CIO, Dubai Investments)
10:30am - 10:45am The evolving CISO role
(Ayad (Ed) Sleiman, Information Security, Process and Technology Manager, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
10:45am - 11:00am Find your path to data compliance with Gemalto
(Lakhwinder Singh, META Technical Manager, Gemalto)
11:00am - 11:15am Coffee break
11:15am - 12:00pm Panel Discussion – Digital transformation in 2019 and beyond
 • Rami Dawoodi, Regional Sales Manager, GEMALTO
 • Osama Rasoul, Regional Sales Manager, FORTINET
 • Tarek Helmy, Regional Director-GULF ME and East & South Africa, NEXANS
 • Jonathan Wood, General Manager-IMEA, INFOR
 • Sunil Paul, Co-Founder & Executive Director, FINESSE
 • Ashith Piriyattiath, Group Head of IT, AL MASAH CAPITAL LIMITED
12:00pm - 01:00pm CXO 50 Award Ceremony
01:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch

As part of our awards, 50 winners will be selected by the judging panel based on the information provided in submission forms


Ajay Rathi

Ajay Rathi, CIO
Meraas Holding

Jassim Haji

Jassim Haji, President
Artificial Intelligence Society of Bahrain

Sebastian Samuel

Sebastian Samuel, CIO





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Jeevan Thankappan
Managing Editor
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