Celebrating digital pioneers

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In an age defined by digital transformation, the public sector in the region has been leading the way, reshaping the future of governance through digital technologies. The second edition of the GovDX Leadership Awards was held last evening, celebrating the achievements of government agencies and individuals leveraging technology to better our society.

Ahmed Ali, solutions architect at Help AG, started the event with an insightful presentation about OT and IoT security challenges. ‘We are witnessing increasing sophistication in malware targeting OT/IoT environments. Security is not the primary focus in OT devices or IoT sensors. Fortunately, we now have regulations and standardization related to OT and IoT, which are driving us to enhance the security of our infrastructure,’ he said.

This was followed by a presentation by the former CIO and innovation coach, Terence Sathyanarayan, who delved deep into value-driven economics. ‘Digital transformation needs to achieve three key business objectives: transforming the core business, creating new business, and modernizing the existing business,’ he emphasized.

The winners of GovDX Awards 2023:

Digital Transformation Project 

Fujairah Finance Department 


Speed Vehicle Testing and Registration Center of Ajman


Emerging technologies project:  Dubai Municipality

Cybersecurity Project 

Department of Health, Abu Dhabi

Sharjah Customs

Dubai Municipality

Government mobile app

Ministry of Health and Prevention

Smart city project


Dubai Municipality

Transformation team

Dubai Holding Asset Management 

Transport Authority, Ajman

Editor’s Choice

Anas Eltahir from Dubai Rulers Court

Fahem Al Nuaimi from Anakbut

Jijish Gopi from the Dubai Department of Finance

Ahmed Al Madani, Horizon Terminals

Government Security Leader

Khalifa Al Zaabi, the Director at Dubai Holdings Asset Management

Hamda Almaazmi from the Ministry of Health and Prevention

Government Transformation Leaders

Ghanim Al Falasi from Dubai Silicon Oasis

Basem Easa Belal from Dubai Sports Council

Government woman CIO of the year: Inas Abousharkh from Ajman University 

Government CIO of the year

Abdalla Al Ali from DMCC

Aiman Othman from Union Coop

Abdulrahman Saif Al Nuami from Transport Authority Ajman



Innovation Excellence Award – Paessler AG

Product excellence award – Allied Telesis

Government digital transformation SI award – Finesse

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