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IDC CIO Summit 2019 Logo

The Race to Reinvent: Connecting Leaders
to Empower Digital Transformation

The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, UAE

Honorary keynote on Day 1 to be presented by



The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, UAE | February 27 - February 28, 2019

Honorary keynote on Day 2 to be presented by



The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, UAE | February 27 - February 28, 2019

Featuring Pioneering Insights from



The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, UAE | February 27 - February 28, 2019

Introducing IDC's

CIO Advisory Council

Driving Innovation Across the Region

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What's It About?

As digital transformation continues to reshape the global economy, CIOs across the Middle East are coming under mounting pressure to recalibrate their organizations and drive meaningful innovation that keeps pace with continually evolving customer demands.

At IDC, our aim is to help the region's ICT leaders break through the digital deadlock by assembling a roster of renowned industry experts to present pioneering strategies for thriving in an era of multiplied innovation and automation.

High-impact speakers will provoke you to envision a digitally enabled future for your organization, guiding you on strategies for optimizing your technology investments and taking your customer experience to previously unimaginable heights.

The professional stories shared by industry pioneers at this interactive event will inspire you to not only grow professionally and personally, but also to transform the role of CIO from tech enabler to digital innovator.

And with participants able to tailor the agenda to meet their own unique requirements, the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2019 is guaranteed to deliver the perfect blend of expert opinions, practical solutions, and networking opportunities for your organization.

What's New for 2019


Key Topics

The IDC CIO Summit Series 2019 will provide essential guidance on:



Digital Leadership


Integrated DX Strategies



Living with digital

Advisory Board


Featuring presentations, panel discussions, focus groups, and workshops, our agenda has been designed to help CIOs rethink the way they leverage information, harness emerging ICT solutions, and facilitate organization-wide innovation, with the ultimate aim of making their enterprises more agile, efficient, and productive than ever before.

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CIO Survey

IDC is committed to serving the ICT industry with the most up-to-date technology insights. In order to do this, we regularly perform surveys to gauge the challenges and trends shaping the investment priorities of the region's most influential ICT leaders. If you would like to assist us in this process, please click below to take part in our CIO Survey.

Take the Survey

Why Attend?

Combining informative presentations, interactive panel debates, and extensive peer-to-peer networking, the IDC CIO Summit Series 2019 promises to deliver game-changing insights into the industry's biggest issues. By attending the event, you will be able to:

Leverage insights from respected industry leaders

Tailor your agenda to meet your own unique needs

Get hands on with the industry's latest innovations

Explore dedicated industry and focus group tracks

Participate in briefings for CEOs, CFOs, and CHROs

Engage 1-2-1 with the region's foremost ICT pioneers


Jyoti Lalchandani

Group Vice President, Regional Managing Director, Middle East, Africa, & Turkey, IDC

H.E. Wesam Lootah

CEO, Dubai Smart Government

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC

Zubair Ahmed

Chief Information Officer,Emirates Islamic Bank

Mohamed Fanichi

CIO, Landmark Group

Mohammed Shah

IT & Smart City Director, Knowledge Economic City

Ismail Abed

CIO, Agility

Matthew Eastwood

Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure & Datacenters, IDC

Steve Lewis

CTO, Emerging Markets, EMEA, Hitachi Vantara

Megha Kumar

Research Director, Software (META), IDC


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General Information


The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
Al Samaya Ballroom


Tuesday, February 27-28, 2019



8:30 am




For more information, please contact: Sughand Tolani - 04 3642189 / 056 4145987 /


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CIO Excellence Awards

The 'IDC CIO Excellence Awards 2019' have been designed to recognize the efforts of the region's foremost IT leaders in conceptualizing and successfully delivering game-changing digital transformation initiatives for their organizations.
With a focus on the tangible benefits brought about by such initiatives, awards will be handed out in the following categories:

CIO of the Year

Spearheading digital transformation initiatives, optimizing IT-business alignment, and delivering disruptive improvements that facilitate tangible business outcomes are all traits of a well-rounded CIO. Do you fit the bill? Nominate yourself today!

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

CISO of the Year

Have you successfully positioned security as an enabler for digital transformation, while simultaneously enhancing the resilience and compliance posture of your organization? Tell us more and you could be the winner. Nominate yourself today!

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

Best Customer Experience Transformation

Have you leveraged digital technologies and business process reengineering to achieve greater customer loyalty and seamless customer engagement? Tell us more about your customer centricity. Nominate yourself today!

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

Best Business Operations Transformation

Have you successfully transformed your supply chain to enhance business agility, while driving quantum improvements in the efficiency of back-office functions? If so, you deserve to be recognized. Nominate yourself today!

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

Best IT Service Transformation

Implementing new standards, processes, and technologies that transform the organization's IT service delivery model is what sets a true IT leader apart. If this sounds like you, we want to hear more. Nominate yourself today!

Download Nomination Form
Online Submission

To learn more about the nomination criteria and judging process, please click here.

Knowledge Hub

Discover more about IDC's latest research focus and the insights that will shape discussions at the CIO Summits 2019.



Digital Transformation

3rd Platform

IT Market Update

Meeting Room: Al Samaya Ballroom

The Ritz Carlton, DIFC


Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, Middle East, Turkey & Africa

+971 4 391 2747

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