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Throughout his career, ‘startup specialist’ Surendra Shetty has had a knack for building technology from the ground up. The UAE Exchange CIO cut his teeth at a range of financial organisations across India, and is now relishing the challenge of sitting in the company’s IT hotseat.
Determined to combine business and technology acumen in his role, Akshay Lamba took on the position of CIO at Deloitte Middle East in May last year, and now oversees the firm’s IT operations across 16 countries in the region.
Gopi Krishnan’s impressive CV in banking technology has earned him significant credibility in the region. Now chief information officer of Al Hilal Bank, he hopes to fulfil the board’s aim of becoming the most technologically advanced firm in Islamic banking.
Heading a group that was recently named IT Team of the Year at CNME’s ICT Achievement Awards, Anthony Tomai believes in bringing a human touch to the office. Since his move to the Middle East two years ago, the AECOM EMEIA CIO is already enthused with the opportunities the region can bring.
With a strong CV spanning a range of industries and geographies, Dr Tariq Taha now finds himself at the core of Bank Dhofar’s agility drive, and has already received national recognition for his work.
From the Dead Sea to the Dalai Lama, Suhayeb Jaabo has taken in a lot in his career. The Magnolia RM Investment Group Head of IT has developed a fresh outlook on business and life, through an impressive CV that has spanned several of the Middle East’s prime locations.
Hussam Al Nowais’ cultured background befits a media industry pro. The twofour54 IT director’s upbringing in Japan and Egypt has prepped him well for a career that now sees him delivering IT services to some of the world’s top production companies.
Rotana Hotel Management Corporation’s corporate vice president of IT Samir Abi Frem speaks about the sharp trajectory of success in his career, and how he has played a key role in the multiplication of the company’s hotel portfolio.
For an IT decision-maker, Sebastian Samuel’s values are somewhat polarised. The AW Rostamani Group CIO is determined to be at the fore of digital and business-driving projects, but retains a soft spot for all things green…
After moving to Dubai in 2013, NSN Murthy is thriving in his new role. Armed with a passion for compliance and watertight IT security, AVIVO Group’s IT head is now relishing the opportunity to build a formidable tech team.
With hotel experience across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, hospitality is Jeroen Wisse’s passion. The Accor Hotels Middle East IT Director draws on experience from a series of regional management roles, and tells CNME about his love of blending technical expertise and hotel know-how to drive guest satisfaction.
At the age of 11, Hatem Manawy, now Regional IT Director, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at the food and hospitality giant Americana Group, fell in love with technology. More specifically, it was the unboxing of his first Atari game console that sparked what would become a life-long relationship with all things tech.
After a long wait, Mario Foster has finally secured his long-desired move to the UAE. The Al Naboodah Group Enterprises CIO has spent his career working in Canada and Saudi Arabia, both as […]
From improving his US house to revamping the IT department at Abu Dhabi University, Mazen Chilet is always looking to upgrade.
Bilal Husain needs a keen eye for detail. The Head of Technology, Finance and Operations for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has honed his broad capabilities at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been called upon countless times to act in an advisory capacity for his country’s government.
Enamoured with futuristic technology, Esam Hadi has a passion for innovation. Aluminium Bahrain’s Senior IT Manager has used the power of IT automation to convince the firm’s senior management of calculated tech risks, and is determined to empower a new crop of the company’s rising stars.
Abdulla Al Bastaki has been an ever-present in Dubai’s Smart te transformation. RTA’s Director of IT has been a mainstay of public sector technology, from the emirate’s e-Gov to Smart City phases, and has learned the value of customer satisfaction en route.
For Akshaya Gaur, technical acumen alone has never been enough to succeed in IT. The Mashreq Bank Chief Information Officer has garnered a wealth of international experience across innovative projects, but has never lost his love of getting the best from his teams.
George Yacoub, CIO, SEHA, has spent more time than he would have liked commuting – to the point that an airport became his temporary office. Now that he has found a home in Abu Dhabi, he reflects on his many successes, his love of helping people, and what it takes to be one of the region’s top CIOs.
Madukar Chaturvedi has seen a great deal in his career. From programming through punch cards to the modern era of computing, Chaturvedi reflects on his accomplishments.
Clive Haswell’s 25 year tenure at Standard Chartered Bank has encompassed a range of senior business and IT roles in London, Singapore and China. Now CIO for the MENAP region, his diverse journey within the company has cultivated a sharp, holistic philosophy of propelling the company’s regional operations into the digital age.
Patrick Naef, Divisional Senior Vice President of IT, Emirates Airline, did not spend his entire career in the aviation industry. However, when he was offered a position at Emirates, he knew he had found his new home.
His first days as an international student in Ann Arbor, Michigan were a bit trying. However, it was his determination to move outside his comfort zone that made Alaeddin Al-Badawna, Manager – IT, ADMA-OPCO, the detail-oriented professional he is today.
Yousif Almutawa, CIO, DP World, has seen some ups and downs. From a start-up in California during the Internet boom and subsequent crash, to the surge in construction in Dubai in the mid-2000s, Almutawa has learned a few things about success and failure.
Although he didn’t start out as a techy, Ajay Rathi’s passion for technology has eventually shone through. Meraas Holding’s Head of IT has enjoyed long tenures in the Indian oil and gas industry and the Dubai property scene, and his commitment for driving business through technology has endured.
With a wealth of hospitality IT experience under his belt, Prasanna Rupasinghe, Director of IT and AV, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, knows what it takes to keep his guests happy. His reputation for accomplished projects have ensured that he has always had an array of Middle Eastern companies chasing his services.
Vignesh Unadkat, Director of IT and Promotions, Thumbay Group, was exposed to computers at an early age. Since then, his zeal for technology has only grown. This interest has become a passion for him, and a key asset to Thumbay Group.
With over a decade’s experience in the banking industry, Faizal Eledath knows that great results don’t come overnight. The National Bank of Oman Chief Information Officer has learned the value of comprehensively understanding a business and its employees before making rash decisions.
Ahmed Yahya, Chief Information Officer, Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, takes time out to speak to CNME about his career journey which led him to the Abu Dhabi firm.
Abdulsalam Al Bastaki knows exactly what he wants from his employees. An eight year stint in the USA has enabled the Senior Executive Director of Information Management at Dubai Properties Group to teach them how to operate independently, and has helped him to implement new IT infrastructure at a range of top companies.
Khalifa Fund IT Director Dr. Zuhair Lardhi has been a mainstay of the Middle East IT industry, but in the midst of his career progression he found the time to satisfy his passion for academia.
Benvir Padda has never been one to take things easy and see where he ends up. From a young age, the Legatum IT chief always made sure that things were never left to chance.
Striving to keep up with a high-achieving family, Ali Radhi, Head of IT, MBC, has relied on his relentless passion for technology to find professional success.
Neil Menezes’ journey to becoming Group Director of Information Technology Operations at Jumeirah Group was a series of personal highlights, which saw an initial interest in computer games transform into a thirst for networking expertise.