IDC CIO Summit Innovative Digital Strategies: Evolving to the Demands of a New Reality

DIGITAL Event | September 15, 2021

Saudi Arabia's vision for a smart economy relies heavily on digital transformation (DX) initiatives — an area the government has long focused on – and invested in – even before the COVID-19 crisis. Emerging technologies will continue to play a critical role in the post-pandemic digital economy as IT and business leaders across the Kingdom embark on the execution phase of the landmark Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabia's commitment to placing digitization at the core of its pandemic response has validated the country’s strategic direction, serving as a catalyst for the adoption of emerging technologies. Indeed, the crisis has spurred 42% of CIOs in the Kingdom to bring forward their DX roadmaps by a year, while another 24% are pushing ahead as planned at the beginning of 2020. Some CIOs are also seeing an increase in their ICT budgets this year, with dedicated funding set aside for standalone DX initiatives.

The IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021 will demystify Saudi Arabia’s digital journey by analyzing the impact of next-gen technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and cybersecurity. It will contextualize the latest technological innovations and DX developments to help Saudi-based organizations unleash the power of digital technologies and adapt to the unprecedented realities of the post-pandemic 'New Normal'.

CIO Masterclass Arena

For the very first time, this year's edition of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit will feature a CIO Masterclass Arena. Here, you will find a selection of CXO best-practice presentations, fireside chats, and panel discussions as respected industry pioneers and thought leaders share insights into the successful digital transformation strategies applied within their own organizations.

Open to All Delegates

The CIO Masterclass Arena is open throughout the one day of IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021 to all delegates looking to maximize their learning and expand their organizational thinking.

A Wealth of Best Practices

CXOs from across the region and around the world will share first-hand experiences, strategies, and insights into their success stories.

Exchange Insights and Knowledge

This is your opportunity to share your very own journey with fellow CIOs to enhance collaboration and build long-term partnerships.

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Browse through a diverse library of videos on the topic of your choice. Just point and click!

Tim Youngblood

Former CISO, McDonald's (USA)

Mike Towers

CISO, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International (USA)

Rasha M. Abu AlSaud

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Leading Bank in Saudi Arabia

Saqib Chaudhry

Head of Digital Innovation and Development, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Mohammed Alenazi

CIO, Fawas Alhokhair Group

Jason Roos

CIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KSA)

Yuosof Al-Radi

System Manager IT Infrastructure, Saudi Airlines

Ahmed AlRifai

Head of Group IT, Al Muhaidib

Eng. Ahlam Al Sarheed

CIO, King Fahad Medical City (KSA)

Dr. Raed Al Hazme

Executive Director, Information Services & Informatics Division, National Guard Health Affairs (KSA)

Dr. Fawaz Alharbi

Deputy Chairman of the Board, The Saudi Cloud Computing Association (SCCA) (KSA)

Dr. Abdulrahman Al Khnaifer

CIO, King Saud University (KSA)

Dr. Salem Alelyani

Director of Center for Artificial Intelligence, King Khalid University (KSA)

Paolo Cinelli

Chief Information and Digital Officer, (KSA & Bahrain), Al Sulaiman Group, IKEA (KSA)

Hani Saif

CIO, United Electronics Company (EXTRA) (KSA)

Hany Almansour

GM Information Technology, General Authority of Awqaf

Ayman Alharbi

IT Director, The Red Sea Development Company (KSA)

Mohamed Abdel-Aal

Director, Digital Experience and Innovation (KAUST Smart), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) (KSA)

Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Besher

Dean of Computing & Informatics, Saudi Electronic University (KSA)

Eng. Majed A. Al-Shangiti

CIO, Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP)

Aytekin Güzeliş

Head of Security Governance, Allianz Turkey

Thamer S. Al Hamed

General Manager of Risk Management, Ministry of Human Resources & Social Development (Saudi Arabia)

Samresh Ramjith

Deputy CISO, ABSA Group (South Africa)

Kayıhan Altınöz

Senior Vice President of IT, Ministry of Interior (Turkey)

Advisory Board

Saudi Arabia CIO Advisory Council 2020/21

Eng. Ali Nasser Alasiri

CEO, Yesser (e-Government Program) (KSA)

Eng. Hisham Alsheikh

Deputy CEO, Yesser, e-Government Program (Saudi Arabia)

Ibrahim Almoqbil

Chief Support Services Officer, General Entertainment Authority

Saleh Saleh

CIO & Executive Vice President (IT Shared Services Group), The National Commercial Bank (KSA)

His Excellency, Esam Alwagait

Director, National Information Center

Jason Roos

CIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KSA)

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The event's dynamic agenda will take you through a series of presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and dedicated industry tracks, giving you a bird's eye view of the current market situation, the latest technological innovations, and strategies for propelling your organization to meet the unique challenges of these unprecedented times.

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Key Topics

The IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit gives you essential intelligence on a serices of strategic & tactical topics:

  • Capabilites for Scalability

  • Integrated DX Strategies & Roadmap

  • Priorities in Digital Leadership

Why Attend

Combining keynote speeches, panel debates, and peer-to-peer networking, the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021 will provide an unrivaled platform for high-level ICT executives to:

Gain exclusive insights into the region's biggest tech issues

Leverage insights from respected industry leaders

Get hands on with the industry's latest innovations

Interact with and get inspired by local and global experts

Engage in intense networking and one-to-one meeting

Be part of the debate on how to elevate the role of CIO

Contact Us

Shabana Mahadiwala

AVP Conferences

+971 56 414 5986

Taher Hamdan

Senior Sales Manager, Conferences, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa


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