2023 Saudi edition of Future Workspace Summit & Awards held successfully  


Leap Media Solutions organized the 3rd Saudi edition and the overall 5th edition of the Future Workspace Summit & Awards in Riyadh on May 17th at the VOCO hotel. The event was attended by over 300 IT decision makers from leading enterprises of the Kingdom.

The Future Workspace Summit has been designed as a platform to continue discussion around key technologies and trends that are playing a key role in redefining the workplace. This year, the discussions included new topics creating the possibility of better shared understanding of how the workplace in general is evolving and accelerating towards a well optimized hybrid model.

Yousef Mhana, Principal Systems Engineer at Pure Storage presented a Keynote session on ‘Uncomplicate Data Storage Forever’.

He was followed by Akashdeep Singh, Chief Strategy Officer, Tech First Gulf who presented ‘Beyond Conventional: Redefining IT Distribution with a Vision’. ‘



Omar Elsawi, Territory Manager KSA Egypt Levant Kuwait – MX at Barco presented  on the topic ‘The Evolution of Meetings and Meeting Rooms in the Post-COVID Era’. Harish Menon, CEO of Accops Systems Pvt. Ltd gave a keynote on ‘Towards a Sustainable Future’.

The first panel discussion group discussed  ‘Optimising the hybrid workplace with best technology practices.’ Aijaz Regoo, CTO, MIS Forward moderated this panel and the panellists were

  1. Ali Saif, Deputy Head of IT, Al Marai
  2. Imran Hashim, Director of IT Infrastructure, Medgulf
  3. Mousa Al-Anizi, VP Digital Health and Director E-Health KSMC at Riyadh Health Cluster One
  4. Harish Menon, CEO, Accops
  5. Abdullah Al-Baz, Country Manager, Pure Storage
  6. Osama Merghani, IT Consultant

Kickstarting the proceedings in the afternoon, Aamir Mushtaq Shaikh, Lead – Channel Partnership and Alliance (Middle East), Freshworks spoke on ‘Elevate Employee experience using Freshservice’

Following him, Imran Hussain, Country Manager Saudi Arabia & Pakistan at Sophos, the next speaker of the day presented on the topic’ Security as  a Service’.

The next keynote address of the day was delivered by Rejeesh Kumar, Chief Technology Officer, Mindfire Technologies. He spoke on ‘Reimagining Threat Response: Embracing Fresh Perspectives with Skilled Resources and Managed Programs’

Dr. Raed AlHazme, Executive Director, Information Technology Department, Ministry of National Guard – Health Affairs delivered the final keynote address of the day. He presented on ‘How DX rescued healthcare during COVID-19”.

Following the final keynote, there were three panel discussions.

The second panel discussion of the day discussed the topic ‘Managing technology skill gaps for the hybrid workplace.’ Eng. Mohammed Mahnashi, Digital Transformation & Data Management Advisor, Saudi Electronic University moderated the session.

The panellists of this session were

  • Hazem Jarrar, CTO, King Faisal Foundation
  • Aiman AlJabr, Head of IT at Havelock One Interiors
  • K.S. Parag, MD of FVC
  • Ramesh Murugesan, CIO, Al Gihaz Holding
  • Suhail Akhtar, CIO, Al Kifah Contracting Company

The third panel of the day discussed ‘Addressing the cybersecurity challenges of today and the future’. This session was moderated by Abdullah Biary -CIO, United Coperative Assurance.

The panellists included

  1. Abdelmajed A Saeed- EC-Council Advisory Board Member for CCISO
  2. Abdulrahman Al-Nimari, VP-cybersecurity, confidential
  3. Anas Mosa, Director of Information Technology – PIF Projects
  4. Moayad Alghanmi, Director of Information & Cyber Security at Emaar, The Economic City
  5. Mustafa Farag, Business Development Manager & Presales Engineer at Paessler AG
  6. Charbel Ghostine, Regional Cloud Alliance Manager at Barracuda Networks – Middle East
  7. Jishant Karunakaran, CEO at Mindfire Technologies

The final panel discussion of the day delved into the  ‘Role of AI in the evolving hybrid workplace.’ The session was moderated by Awais Ahmad Director of technology at SolexPLUS.

The panellists included

  1. Kamal Farag, CTO, Speedi
  2. Krish J., Director of ITDirector of IT, ARASCO
  3. Ahmed Darwish Elsayed, Head of Digital Delivery at Bank AlBilad
  4. Veenu Jain, Senior Manager, Director Operations Impresapro Serviziz

The platinum sponsors of the day were ‘Dell Technologies and Redington’. Gold sponsors included Pure Storage and VAD Technologies, Logitech and Tech First Gulf, Barco and FVC, Freshworks and Impresapro, Accops and Bulwark Technologies, Sophos, Mindfire Technologies, Barracuda Networks, Paessler.  The Silver sponsor of the day was Finesse.

The day also included award recognitions for several outstanding Technology leaders from different industries who are playing a key role in leading or facilitating digital acceleration and technology led workspace transformation.

Awards were presented in the category ‘Technology Accelerator of the day’ to IT Managers and several senior non CIO and CISO IT leaders who have made significant contribution to their organizations towards their digital transformation programs. CIO of the Year and CISO of the Year Awards were presented to Technology Leaders who in their designated roles have been overseeing initiatives towards embracing workspace transformation within the ongoing digital transformation pursuit.

Besides, vendors, distributors and solution provided also received awards of recognition in the final segment of the day before the event drew to a successful conclusion.


Winners list

‘Technology Accelerator of the Year ‘- Winners
Adeem AlMurayi Muhammad Mohsin Amjad
Ahmed Al-Marhoon Muhammad Umar Rasul
Akram Al-Wardany Nadeem Aslam
Ashak Ali Khan Nugod Salem Alqarzai
Dr. Ahmed Darwish Elsayed Paslin Vino Maria Francis
Imdath Nazim Shaik Musthaq
Imran Hashim Shaker Hashlan
Ismath Mohamed Rozmi SHEIK MOHAMEDALI
Leelakrishna Ananthan Sivakumar Ganesan
Mehmood Iqbal Surya P. Shankaran
Mervat Alrassan Tahani I. Aldosemani
Mohammad Siddique Tanekar Javeed
Mohammad Yousuf Zakir Wael Mohamed Abdelaal
Mohammed Abdul Raheem Waseem Ahmed
Mohammed Nizamuddin Yazeed Alghamdi
Mohammed Shoyeb Zaheer Shaikh
Muhammad Kashif Munir Zeeshan M. Syed


‘CIO of the Year’ category – Winners list
Abdallah Gafar Irfan Ul Haq
Abdullah Alfahaid Jayesh Maganlal
Ahmed Taman Kamal Farag
Aijaz Regoo Krish J.
Aiman Aljabr Mashari Al AlMusad
Alaa Gharbawi Mohammed Mahnashi
Ali Saif AlQahtani Mousa al-anizi
Anas Mosa Mubarak Marie AlShahrani
Awais Ahmad Qasim Nadeem
Dr. Arwa Alrawais Rafik Wassef
Dr. Mustafa Hasan Qurban Ramesh Murugesan
Dr. Raed AlHazme Saud Alabdulaziz
Gaurav kole Sayyed Jameer
Hany Almansour Suhail Akhtar
Hazem Awni Jarrar Syed Fakruddin Albeez
Hilal Ud Din Usama Alhamoud
Imran Hashim Yousef AbdulRaqeeb


CISO of the Year category – Winners
Abdelmajed Fadol
Abdullah Biary
Abdulrahman Al-Nimari
Ala I. Asali
Ashleigh Watson
Auoob Aldakael
Jamal J Felemban
Mansour alzahr
Mirza R. Baig
Moayad Alghanmi
Mohammed Al-Doseri
Nugod Salem Alqarzai
Saghir Ahmad Khan


Vendor awards 
Vendor name Award name
Dell Technologies Hybrid Transformation Vendor of the Year
Pure Storage Enterprise Storage Vendor of the Year
Paessler Enterprise Network Monitoring Vendor of the Year
Barco Hybrid Collaboration Solutions Vendor of the Year
Freshworks Digital Workspace Software Vendor of the Year
Logitech Collaboration Hardware Vendor of the Year
Barracuda Cloud Applications Security Vendor of the Year
Accops Hybrid Work Security Vendor of the Year
Sophos Endpoint Security Vendor of the Year
Cisco Enterprise Networking Vendor of the Year


Distributor Awards
Distributor name Award name
Al Falak Software Solutions VAD of the Year
Mindware Cloud Solutions VAD of the Year
Logicom Digital Transformation VAD of the Year
Redington Enterprise VAD of the Year
Bulwark Cybersecurity VAD of the Year
FVC Hybrid Collaboration VAD of the Year
VAD Technologies Enterprise Storage VAD of the Year
Tech First Gulf AV Solutions VAD of the Year


SI Awards
SI Name Award name
Finesse Digital Transformation SI of the Year
Mindfire MSSP of the Year
Impresapro CX Solutions Provider of the Year


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