Inaugural CXO DX Future Workspace Summit & Awards witnesses a fitting grand finale

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An engaging Virtual Summit highlighted the defining  role of technology in enabling and securing the future of work,  followed by a physical awards ceremony applauding IT stalwarts

A spectacular Awards gala brought up a fitting grand finale to the inaugural Future Workspace Summit & Awards, held on the 28th of July at the Mandarin Oriental in Jumeriah, Dubai. The event organized by Leap Media Solutions, publishers of CXO DX, the region’s leading content platform for the CXO community, was a hybrid format event with a virtual summit in the day followed by a physical Awards ceremony in the evening.

The virtual summit held via an engaging online platform through the course of the day and through several sessions of keynotes and panel discussions addressed the significant topic of the role of Technology in reimagining the future of work, at the office or from anywhere as the workforce becomes more distributed. The virtual 3d event Platform also featured exhibitor booths and several other features, enhancing the opportunities for interaction between attendees and speakers as well as exhibitors.

The Panel discussion ‘Workspace Transformation – Best Practices and Challenges’ looked at how workspace transformation is a long term change being accelerated by the unprecedented challenges since the initial days of the pandemic. The speakers of the discussion included Piyush Chowhan, CIO, Lulu Group; Alisagar Bohari, Senior Director IT, Zulekha Hospital; Umesh Moolchandani, Group IT Head, Bin Dasmal Group; Mubarik Hussain, Director of IT, Bloom Holding; Vaidy Panchabikesan, Regional Sales Director, Kissflow and Prem Anand, Regional Manager, MEA at Zoho Corporation.

The panel discussion on ‘Strategies for Multi-cloud Adoption’ highlighted how organizations are looking at leveraging the best of the cloud by cherry picking best cloud services from different cloud vendors and how they are implementing and consolidating their multi cloud infrastructure. The speakers of the session included  Dr. Nasser Almurqab, COO, University Of Dubai; Gigi Mathew Thomas, Group Head – IT & Digital Transformation, Ittihad International Investment LLC; Vinay Sharma, Group IT Director, Gulftainer; Jaleel Rahiman, Director – IT & PRIME Digital, PRIME Healthcare Group LLC and Amjad Boka, Systems Engineer at Pure Storage.

The panel discussion ‘Role of Edge Computing in disrupting Key Industries’ brought into focus how Edge Computing with its distributed computing topology helps eliminate some of the bottlenecks of cloud computing and also addressed various aspects of how edge computing will a potential game changer for many industries in extending their services. The speakers at this session included Tamer Hamed, Group CIO, Ducab; George Akhras, CIO, AMSI; Arun Tewary, Strategy Advisor and Director, Finesse; Claude Schuck, Regional Sales Director Middle East, Veeam and Saymaad Mansoor, Head of IT, Siddco

The 4th and final panel discussed ‘Role of SASE, ZTNA and XDR in Redefining Security’ and the speakers at this session included Sultan Al-Owais, Director IT, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs; Dr.Lt.Col. Hamad Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Head of Telecommunications division, IT Center, Abu Dhabi Police General HQ; Dr. Mohammad Khaled, Safe Digital Though Leader  and Abhinav Guha, Senior Security Architect, Mindfire Technologies.

The keynote speakers were Ben McDonald, Middle East Marketing Lead, Dell Technologies; Ali Shabdar, Regional Director MEA, Zoho; Sameer Semaan, Channel Manager Middle East, Pure Storage; Claude Schuck, Regional Sales Director Middle East, Veeam; Vaidy Panchabikesan; Regional Sales Director, Kissflow; Ajay Nawani, Director Sales Engineering, MEA, Sophos; Abhinav Guha, Senior Security Architect, Mindfire Technologies; Rakesh Mathiselvan, Lead Solutions Engineer, Freshworks.

The Summit sponsors included Dell Technologies and Mindware as the Platinum sponsors. The event’s Gold sponsors included Pure Storage & VAD Technologies, Kissflow, Zoho, Sophos, Microsoft, Veeam, Redington, Mindfire Technologies as well as Freshworks. HCL, Knowlarity & Infoblox were the silver sponsors. D-Link was the Networking Partner, Finesse, the Awards partner and the Exhibition partners included Human Logic and Gamalearn.

Following the virtual summit, in the evening, awards were presented to stalwarts from the IT domain who are spearheading the IT initiatives of their respective organizations at the glittering ceremony.

Winners List:

CIO of the Year Awards Winner’s Name & Designation
CIO of the Year (Healthcare) Jaleel Rahiman, Director – IT & PRIME Digital, Prime Healthcare Group
CIO of the Year (Healthcare) Aliasgar Bohari, Senior Director – IT, Zulekha Hospital
CIO of the Year (Healthcare) Mubaraka Mubarak Ibrahim, Acting CIO of the Information Sector – Director of Health Information Systems Department
CIO of the Year (Healthcare) Mustansir Aziz, Head Of IT, Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital
CIO of the Year (Healthcare) Ali H Ghunaim, CIO, IT Director, Canadian Specialist Hospital
CIO of the Year (Education) Dr. Nasser Almuraqab, COO and Director of IT, University of Dubai
CIO of the Year (Education) Joseph Aninias, Director – Information Management & Technology, Abu Dhabi University
CIO of the Year (Education) Shabeer Mohammed, Head of Technology at GEMS Education
CIO of the Year (Education) Nithin Geo Thomas, Head of IT at Amity Education Middle East
CIO of the Year (Education) Sunil Nair, IT Head, Al Falah University
CIO of the Year (Manufacturing) Saji Oommen, CIO, RAK Ceramics
CIO of the Year (Manufacturing) Samit Jha, Director of IT, Laticrete International
CIO of the Year (Manufacturing) Tamer Hamed, CIO, DUCAB
CIO of the Year (Manufacturing) Saymaad Mansoor, Head of IT, Speed House
CIO of the Year (Retail) Piyush Kumar Chowhan, CIO, Lulu Group
CIO of the Year (Retail) Shailesh Mani, GM-IT at Flemingo International
CIO of the Year ( Aviation) Fadhel Mandani, Group Head of IT at Air Arabia
CIO of the Year ( Aviation) Sumith Poolappan, Head – IT Operations, Strategy & Governance, flydubai
CIO of the Year (Facilities Management) Wael El Khatib, Executive Director of Digital & IT at Enova
CIO of the Year (Facilities Management) Javeria Aijaz, Senior Director – Technology & Innovations at Farnek Services
CIO of the Year (Diversified Group) Venkatesh Mahadevan, CIO Dubai Investments and GM-TechSource

 

CIO of the Year (Diversified Group) Manish Bindra, Group CIO at Galadari Brothers
CIO of the Year (Diversified Group) Sumit S Bathla, IT Director – Dubai Holding
CIO of the Year (Diversified Group) Umesh Moolchandani, Group IT Head at Bin Dasmal Group
CIO of the Year (Diversified Group) Gigi Mathew Thomas, Group Head – IT & Digital Transformation at Ittihad International Investments LLC.
CIO of the Year (Real Estate) Mubarik Hussain, Director of IT, Bloom Holding
CIO of the Year (Media & Entertainment) Anindo Banerjee, Head of Information Technology, Dubai Holding Entertainment
CIO of the Year (Government Services) Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, , General Director of Artificial Intelligence Department at Dubai Police
CIO of the Year (Government Services) Younis Othman, CIO/Director of IT Department, Dubai Customs
CIO of the Year (Government Services) Khalfan Matar Al Hassani, Director, Monitoring and Control Centre
CIO of the Year (Government Services) Sultan Al-Owais, Director IT,Ministry of Cabinet Affairs
CIO of the Year (Government Services) Hamad Alnuaimi, Head of Telecommunications division, IT Center, Abu Dhabi Police General HQ
CIO of the Year (Government Services) Sheeba Hasnain, IT Head at confidential

 

CISO of the Year Awards Winner’s name
CISO of the Year (Education) Finto Thomas, Head of Security at Alef Education
CISO of the Year (Manufacturing) Mohannad Hennawi, IT Manager at NAFFCO
CISO of the Year (Banking) Amar Prakash, Information Security Manager at First Abu Dhabi Bank
CISO of the Year (Payments) Prashant Nair, Group CISO, Network International

 

Workspace Transformation of the Year Awards Winner’s name
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Healthcare) Zulekha Hospital
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Education) University of Dubai
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Education) Abu Dhabi University
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Manufacturing) Dubai Cable Company
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Manufacturing) Laticrete International Inc
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Government Services) Smart Umm Al Quwain
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Government Services) Sharjah Finance Department
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Government Services) ACTVET
Workspace Transformation of the year (Diversified Group) Galadari Brothers
Workspace Transformation of the Year (Retail) Lulu Group

 

Future Accelerators of the Year  Name & Designation
Future Accelerator of the Year (Automotive) Seham El Behissy, Product & Connected Services, GM Renault Africa India Middle East Pacific, Groupe Renault
Future Accelerator of the Year Dr. Mohammad Khaled, SAFE Thought Leader

 

Vendor Awards categories  Winner
Enterprise Vendor of the Year Dell Technologies
Business Software Vendor of the Year Kissflow
Data Management Vendor of the Year Veeam
Cybersecurity Vendor of the Year Sophos
Enterprise Storage Vendor of the Year Pure Storage
SMB Networking Vendor of the Year D-Link
CX Vendor of the Year Freshworks
Cloud Telephony Vendor of the Year Knowlarity

 

Distributor Awards categories  Winner
Remote Work Solutions VAD of the Year Logicom
Cybersecurity VAD of the Year Ingram Micro
Storage Distributor of the Year VAD Technologies
Cloud Aggregator of the Year Redington Value
Enterprise VAD of the Year Mindware
Retail Distributor of the Year Redington Gulf

 

Managed Security Services Provider of the Year Mindfire Technologies

 

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