IDC CIO Summit Agenda

The Bahrain 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 an in-person event on May 18, 2022. Here's what you can expect:

Time Event & Speakers

Registration & Networking


Welcome Address

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC

Innovating in a Digital-First World

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC

As organizations strive to recover from the uncertainty wrought by the pandemic, they are taking a digital-first approach to build resilience into their operations. The journey to the future digital enterprise has accelerated, driven by significant investments in new customer experiences, new digital ecosystem business models, digital supply chains, and Future of Work initiatives. All of this must be supported by resilient cloud-enabled digital infrastructure and applications, rapid app development, digital platforms, data-driven and AI-enabled intelligence, and security and trust. Strong leadership, an appetite for innovation, and a sound strategy for addressing regulations will all be key to driving the digital agenda.


Harness the Potential of the Edge

Mohammad Mousa

Consulting Engineer, HPE


Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win an Exciting Gift)


Dynamic Resiliency in the Realm of Risk Fluctuation

Bilal Issa

Technical Leader, Trend Micro

Today, it is clear that the enterprise shift from digitization to digitalization and digital transformation is improving efficiency, productivity, and ultimately revenue. However, this shift has introduced significant challenges in terms of cybersecurity and cyber-risk. This session will explore how cyber-risks can be articulated as positive contributors to building cyber-resilient security architecture.


Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win an Exciting Gift)


Tea/Coffee & Networking


Modern Data Protection

Christian Kotze

Senior Systems Engineer, Veeam


Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win an Exciting Gift)


Distributed Cloud Services

Thamer Al Mudallal

Solutions Engineering Team Lead (KSA, Egypt & Bahrain), F5


Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win an Exciting Gift)


Healthy Bites Break


Panel Discussion: Vendor Selection and Management: Best Practices and What to Look Out For

Ali Beshara

Head of Risk & IT Security, The Benefit Company

Jawed Akhtar

CIO, Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo Co.

Sameera Alatawi

Director of IT, American University of Bahrain

Ahmed AlBalooshi

Deputy President, International Group of Artificial Intelligence

For the IT sourcing and procurement professional, demanding workloads and deadlines leave little time for an in-depth review of technology markets and vendors, sourcing best practices, and specific IT investment opportunities and partnerships. This session addresses key sourcing challenges related to digital transformation and the evolving role of vendor management within the enterprise, combined with actionable intelligence on best practice for driving better deals and reducing costs without risking vendor relationships.


Enhance Employee Experience Through Cloud IT Management

Karthik Ananda Rao

Chief Technical Evangelist, ManageEngine
The unprecedented changes in the work environment have set out organizations to invest in employee experience. Employee perception and experience can impact business profitability. Numerous studies have shown that there is a direct relationship between customer experience and employee experience. And hence in this talk, you will learn about how organizations can incorporate hyper-automation, and zero-touch management with hybrid and cloud-native solutions to drastically enhance employee experience.

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win an Exciting Gift)


Lunch & Networking


Close of Summit

Contact Us

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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