IDC CIO Summit Accelerating Your Journey to a Digital-First World

HYBRID Event | February 22 - February 24, 2022

IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022


With digital agendas accelerating significantly over the last two years, the result has been a continuously changing, digitally driven world.  IDC research shows that 49% of Middle East CIOs have brought forward their digital agendas by at least one year – and 14% by almost two years – following the upheaval of 2020. Many of these CIOs are now actively reviewing and exploring new digital business models and ecosystem partnerships for the long term.


Whether they're building resilient digital infrastructures or addressing the unique demands of a distributed workforce, CIOs are adapting their organizations to meet a new set of challenges and rethinking their leadership practices for a digital-first world. They are accelerating their digital investments and building organizations that adapt to evolving business requirements and capitalize on change.


The 2022 edition of the IDC Middle East CIO Summit will explore the increasing pace of innovation, examine the region's evolving technology landscape, and present best-practice strategies that will help organizations transform themselves into digitally resilient future enterprises.


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Masterclass Arena 2022

(Digital Edition - February 24)

The CIO Masterclass Arena is back for a second year with the same promise of enlightening and educating business leaders on various technologies. The event will give delegates the chance to learn from high profile speakers and gain a better understanding of how these solutions can help promote innovation in their organizations and drive forward their digital transformation objectives.. 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 Middle East CIO Summit 2022 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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Aliasgar Bohari

Senior Director – Information & Communication Technology, Zulekha Healthcare Group

Hamad Al Mutairi

Director of The Archives Department, National Archives of the UAE

Ramakrishnan Natarajan

Vice President Information Technology, Emirates Hospitals Group

Lareb Sabir Poonawala

Chief Information Officer for Saudi Arabia, Procter & Gamble

Binoo Joseph

Group CIO, Emaar

Gopi Krishnan

Group Chief Disruption Officer, GEMS Education (UAE)

Mohamed Sabah Al Khalaf

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Dubai Holding

Tim Youngblood

Former CISO, McDonald's (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

Manager IT Security Operation, Saudi Airlines (KSA)

Ahmed AlRifai

Group IT Director, Al Muhaidib (KSA)

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

Group Manager, Security Governance, Allianz Turkey

Samresh Ramjith

Deputy CISO, ABSA Group (South Africa)

Masterclass Arena Speakers 2021/22



The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 features a tailored agenda filled with handpicked topics, discussions, panel sessions, and keynote presentations from regional and global technology experts that will explore all of today's hottest ICT issues.

The 2022 edition will be hosted as both a physical event on Days 1 & 2 (February 22 - 23) and as a digital event on Day 3 (February 24). Here's what you can expect:

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The Ritz-Carlton
Dubai International Financial Centre
Al Samaya Ballroom


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Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

+971 4 391 2747

Taher Hamdan

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


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