20 Sep 2021

IDC Announces Winners of Saudi Arabia Excellence Awards as It Hosts Kingdom's Premier ICT Leaders for Virtual CIO Summit

Riyadh – International Data Corporation (IDC) last week announced the winners of its IDC Excellence Awards 2021 for Saudi Arabia. The awards marked the culmination of the digital edition of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021, which took place on September 15th with more than 400 of Saudi Arabia's most influential ICT leaders gathering on IDC's industry-leading virtual platform for the 11th annual installment of the event.

Running under the theme 'Innovative Digital Strategies: Evolving to the Demands of a New Reality', the Summit offered an unrivaled immersive experience for all participants as they seamlessly engaged in content-rich presentations and panel discussions, connected with exhibitors via video chat, and interacted with IDC analysts and key industry players in dedicated networking zones.

The IDC Excellence Awards 2021 sought to recognize the efforts of Saudi Arabia's foremost IT leaders in conceptualizing and successfully delivering game-changing transformation initiatives for their organizations across four different categories. The winners were as follows:

Top 5 CIOs of the Year

Raed AlHazme. Saudi National Guard Health Affairs (Winner)

Ihab Y. Hawari, Aljabr Holding Company

Waheed Y. Khayyat, United Cooperative Assurance

Mohammed I. AlMogherah, Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development

Mohammad Alharbi, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.

Top 4 CISOs of the Year

Yasser Al Swailem, STC Group (Winner)

Ziad Mohammed Alabboud, Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development

Zeyad Tariq AlHusainan, Marafiq Power & Water Company

Khalid A. AlQuliti, YASREF

Top 5 Women in Technology & Business

Dr. Alia Omar Bahanshal, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (Winner)

Dr. Moudhi Al Jamea, STC Group

Hana AlSaleh, Al Jaber Finance

Inji Jaber, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Nouf Aljalaud, a leading aviation & aerospace organization

Top 5 Organizations for Excellence in Digital Innovation

Saudi Industrial Development Fund (Winner)

Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority

King Fahd Military Medical Complex

Dar Al Arkan

International Medical Center

The judging panel for the IDC Excellence Awards 2021 included senior IDC figures and the following esteemed members of IDC's CIO Advisory Council for Saudi Arabia:

Dr. Mishari Almishari, Deputy Director of the National Information Center (NIC) and CEO of the Strategy Management Office, Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA)

Eng. Haithem Al Faraj, Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations, STC

Eng. Ghada Albugami, CIO and President's Advisor for Digital Transformation, Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University

Saleh Saleh, CIO and Executive Vice President of the IT Shared Services Group, Saudi National Bank

Abulaziz Al Afaleg, Managing Director, Saudi Payments

Jason Roos, CIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

Ibrahim Almoqbil, Chief Support Services Officer, General Entertainment Authority

IDC would like to thank the following partners for their invaluable contribution to the success of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021 : the Saudi Data & Artificial Authority (SDAIA) as Strategic Partner; the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) as Government Partner; VMware, Red Hat, Salesforce + Tableau, Oracle, and Avaya as Summit Partners; IBM, Blue Prism, Fortinet, Trend Micro, Nintex, Cisco, NetApp / MDS, Dell Technologies, and IST Networks / Automation Anywhere as Platinum Partners; Zoho Corporation, MicroStrategy, Incorta, Darktrace, Veeam, FireEye / Mandiant, BlackBerry, Nozomi Networks, DigiCert, Rackspace / Google Cloud, and Commvault as Technology Focus Group Partners; Lenovo / Microsoft / Intel, VMware, and T2 as Dinner Partners; and Zoom as Exhibit Partner and International Business Magazine as Media Partner

To learn more about the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@id.com  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #IDCSAUDICIO.

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