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Publication date: 20 Jul 2023

Finalists Named for 2023 New Zealand CIO Awards


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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 21 July 2023 – IDC and Brightstar tonight announced this year’s finalists in the CIO Awards which recognise individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to the digital transformation of both ICT and business functions.

Finalists were selected based on the judging review of their written submissions. Judging focuses on the intersection of business and technology for both individuals and teams that have significantly contributed to driving outstanding digital transformation initiatives for the companies they work for.

All finalists are interviewed by the independent judging panel representing the top echelon of New Zealand’s ICT and business community, from former CIO of the Year winners to leaders in Aotearoa's digital economy.

The winners will be announced at the CIO Awards Gala Dinner on 15th August, 2023 at Spark Arena in Auckland. The CIO Awards are supported by ClearPoint, Juniper Networks, Sharp, CompTIA, Younity, Workday and 2Degrees.

IDC New Zealand Country Manager, and awards judge, Louise Francis extended her congratulations to all the finalists, saying, “The calibre of finalists this year has been outstanding, with a record number of nominees in several categories. It is extraordinary how fast Aotearoa's organisations are transitioning to a digital business with the finalists of the 2023 CIO Summit Awards illuminating the pathway to success for their peers. The most striking observation from this year's nominations has been the emphasis on how the wellbeing of people, community inclusion and environment are central to the consideration of what digital business looks like in Aotearoa and its thriving digital economy. We congratulate each of the finalists and look forward to celebrating the achievements amongst the industry on 15th August 2023.”

The 2023 finalists, in six categories, are:

‘New Zealand CIO of the Year’, for how they have positioned the role of CIO strategically within the company and for demonstrating innovation and success in the past 12 months and into the future that and showing how it fits with the company's overall business strategy.

Sponsor: CompTIA


• Sean Bishop, Chief Digital Officer, Chapman Tripp

• Miles Fordyce, Chief Digital Officer, Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ)

• Angela Nash, Chief Information & Technology Officer, New Zealand Rugby Commercial

• Michael Oulsnam, Chief Digital Officer, University of Canterbury

‘Emerging ICT Leader’ recognises and encourages exceptional ICT talent by professionals under 33 years of age.

Sponsor: 2degrees


• Farhein Akmal, Ministry of Health

• Alex Corkin, Datacom

• Tom Caunce, University of Canterbury

‘Community Tech Champions’ honours and showcases outstanding initiatives promoting digital inclusion with the goal of educating, introducing, and engaging New Zealanders underrepresented in the ICT sector.

Sponsor: Workday


• Manaiakalani Education Trust

• Te Aka Toitū Trust

• Te Kei o Te Waka Tainui

• University of Canterbury

‘Best ICT Team Culture & Inclusion’ recognises outstanding ICT team culture, recruitment, inclusion, and diversity practices that contributes to the team's success.

Sponsor: Juniper Networks


• Corys Electrical

• Fisher & Paykel Appliances

• Southern Cross Travel Insurance

‘Business Transformation through Digital and ICT’ honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a Business Transformation initiative, or initiatives, using digital and disruptive technologies. By using technology to innovate and transform their business they have produced a range of benefits for the organisation.

Sponsor: Clearpoint


  • Auckland Council
  • Fisher & Paykel Appliances
  • ProCare Network Limited
  • Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ)

‘Sustainability through Technology’ honours the achievements of organisations that have successfully planned and executed a sustainability initiative through technology. Using technology and innovation to drive a sustainable initiative within an organisation that has produced a range of benefits for the organisation and/ or communities. The initiative or project could address any/all three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social (profits, planet, and people).

Sponsor: Younity


• Christchurch City Council

• Quadrent

• ONE New Zealand

The recipient of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to ICT in New Zealand’ award, sponsored by Sharp, will also be named at the Awards gala dinner in August.

This award is given to a high-profile person, or team, whose contribution has significantly and uniquely impacted the greater New Zealand or global business/tech community, through technology, over the course of their career.

The CIO Summit is New Zealand’s premier professional development forum for senior ICT executives. See the full programme More about the judges can be found at

For more information on this event, contact Sharlitte Cordero at For media inquiries, contact Michael de la Cruz at  or Miguel Carreon at

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