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World CIO 200 Summit: Highlights of Oman Edition 2023: A Global Gathering of Tech Visionaries

On August 17th, the vibrant city of Muscat, Oman, played host to the highly anticipated Oman Edition of the World CIO 200 Summit. Held at the prestigious Hormuz Grand Muscat, a Radisson Collection Hotel, this event brought together some of the brightest minds in the tech industry. It was a remarkable celebration of knowledge exchange, collaboration, and achievements in the world of technology. The summit provided an unparalleled platform for networking and relationship-building, fostering a sense of community among CIOs and tech leaders.

Setting the Stage

The event began with a warm welcome from Jai Kumar, Project Specialist at GEC Media Group, who set the tone for the summit. He shared the core purpose of The World CIO 200 Summit, which is to identify technological advancements and thought leadership, recognizing like-minded technology leaders and their groundbreaking innovations in the IT landscape.

Theme: Rise of the Power:

This edition of the World CIO 200 Summit revolved around the theme “Rise of the Power.” It aimed to empower IT leaders by helping them develop and enhance qualities such as leadership, power, vision, and focus. Throughout the summit, industry leaders engaged in thought-provoking panel discussions and speaking sessions that delved deep into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Keynote Addresses:

  • Dr. Salim Al-Shuaili, Director of AI & DT at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology – Oman, inaugurated the event with his insightful country inaugural keynote.
  • Sujay Patil, Regional Sales Director MEA at Kissflow, shared his vision on the topic of ‘ERP Orchestration With The Power Of Low-Code & No-Code,’ offering valuable insights into this transformative technology.

Panel Discussion: Rise of the Power:

A dynamic panel discussion titled “Rise of the Power” featured esteemed participants:

  • Amjid Ali, CIO at Al Ansari Trading Enterprise LLC
  • Hanan Al-Salmi, Change Management Lead for Government Digital Transformation Program at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology – Oman
  • Khalid Al-Hoqani, Head of IT Department at Alizz Islamic Bank
  • Thuraya Al-Harthi, Acting Director, Government Digital Services Unified Portal at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology – Oman

The panel was expertly moderated by Abdullah Al Barwani, CISO at Omantel, sparking engaging conversations about the evolving role of CIOs in the digital era.

Honoring Excellence:

The Global CIO Forum took the opportunity to recognize and honor exceptional contributors to the tech industry with The World CIO 200 Awards. Here are the distinguished awardees:

Dr. Salim Al-ShuailiMTCITDirector of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies
Micheal Selva Kumar KDBarcelo Mussanah ResortIT Manager
Laila Al HarthiMALKS groupCo-founder CTO
Haitham ALHajriOman CERTExecutive Cyber Security Projects
Thuraya Al-HarthiMinistry of Transport, Communication & ITActing Director- Government eServices Unified Portal
Fahaz MarzookENHANCE GROUPManager – Systems
Meslum AlKindiIHG, OmanArea IT Director
Nishad Karukappadath Abdul SalamMuscat Overseas GroupChief Technology Officer
Hanan Al SalmiMinistry of Transportation, Communications and Information TechnologyChange management lead for government digital transformation program
Sulaiman Al KhatriOmantelSecurity Analyst
Ahmed AlmalkiAlila Jabal AkhdarIT Manager
Naeem AlBreikiCrowne Plaza MuscatIT Manager
Jayaram MSAl Madina InsuranceIT Manager
Naji AlwahaibiOman Flour MillsICT Manager
Maher Sulaiman AlmaskariKHIMJI RAMADAS GROUPHead – Operational Technology
Bhupendra PantOTE GROUP ( Oman Trading Establishment)CIO
Shravan SinghSwiss Bel Hotel OmanHead of Information Technology
Abdullah Al BarwaniOmantelCISO
Aasim GholeShangri-La Barr Al Jissah, MuscatIT Director
Khalid Al BarwaniOman Arab BankIT Audit Manager
Hussain Al LawatiNational Bank of OmanHead of IT Change & Innovation
Najeeba Al-BelushiMinistry of Transportation, Communication and Information TechnologyCentral Solution Head Department
Amjid AliAl Ansari GroupCIO
Khalid AlHoqaniAlizz Islamic BankHead IT
Tariq BakoorOman Development BankManager IT Department
Kawthar Al HinaiMinistry of Transport, Communication and Information TechnologyHead of Digital Transformation programs

The Oman Edition of the World CIO 200 Summit was a resounding success, uniting tech visionaries, and serving as a catalyst for innovation and collaboration in the tech world. It reaffirmed the vital role that CIOs play in driving digital transformation and leading organizations toward a brighter technological future. As the summit came to a close, it left a lasting mark on the tech landscape, inspiring all attendees to continue their journey towards excellence in the ever-evolving world of IT.

The World CIO 200 Grand Finale – Baku

The World CIO 200 Grand Finale, set to take place from September 17 to 19, 2023, at the Baku Marriott Hotel Boulevard, is the world’s largest CIO excellence and leadership program. Baku, the vibrant capital city of Azerbaijan, provides the perfect backdrop for this extraordinary event, bridging the gap between East and West with its rich history, stunning architecture, and warm hospitality. As we gather for this grand celebration, attendees can expect a truly unforgettable experience. With over 300 top minds in technology and business from 50+ countries, this event promises unmatched opportunities for networking, learning, and growth. Engage in thought leadership sessions, participate in expert workshops led by renowned experts, and explore strategic partnerships with vendors and service providers to drive your organization’s growth. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in Azerbaijan’s rich culture and heritage through captivating performances and experiences while discovering the beauty of Baku’s landmarks and savoring its world-class cuisine. Join us for this never-before-seen CIO celebration, and be part of a global community dedicated to excellence and innovation.

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