10 Sep 2021

IDC Reveals Lineup of CIO Advisory Council for Saudi Arabia as Kingdom's ICT Community Prepares to Gather for Virtual Summit

Riyadh – As preparations gear up for the virtual edition of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021 on Wednesday (September 15), International Data Corporation (IDC) is delighted to formally reveal the lineup of this year's Saudi Arabia CIO Advisory Council. The Council is an independent industry body tasked with spurring collaboration, incubating innovation, and accelerating the proliferation of new technology trends across the Kingdom.

The CIO Advisory Council provides strategic direction in terms of research coverage, assisting IDC in its quest to supply the Kingdom's ICT professionals with a trusted, neutral, and secure source of information, advocacy, and resources for enhancing their organizations' processes. Its members for 2021 include the following esteemed leaders, whose influence on the Saudi Arabia's ICT environment extends far beyond the pioneering organizations they represent:

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

"The IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021  will provide an ideal platform for advising the Kingdom's businesses and government organizations on enabling competitive business models and exploiting opportunities for growth and sustainability by leveraging the power of disruptive technologies," says Hamza Naqshbandi, IDC’s associate vice president for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. "The Saudi government has been steadily increasing its focus on digital transformation in recent years, and this focus is expected to intensify as the Kingdom accelerates its drive to attract new investors, bridge the digital divide, and further enhance citizen satisfaction and trust whilst meeting the needs of rapidly changing demographics."

The event will combine presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and individual technology tracks to drive an in-depth exploration of the very latest technological innovations. It will also feature exclusive insights from Dr. Mishari Almishari, CEO of the SDAIA's Strategy Management Office and deputy director of the National Information Center, as he presents the Summit's keynote speech. "The SDAIA seeks to establish Saudi Arabia as a global center that turns the best of data and AI into reality," says Dr. Almishari. "We aim to achieve this by developing an innovative national infrastructure, unlocking the potential power of data using AI technologies, and building a national system that stimulates emerging companies in the field."

Delegates will also be able to hear from Mohamad Ibrahim Almogherah, deputy CIO at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, as he discusses the latest developments in the Ministry's own digital transformation journey. "The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development is steadily progressing towards its digital transformation goals to create a new and enhanced customer experience," says Almogherah. "We are continuously adapting new business modules to simplify and improve processes across the Ministry’s divisions, and we are drawing on our capabilities and the support of our strategic partners to reach our goal of digitizing 100% of our services in the near future. We look forward to another successful edition of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit, which has become a proven platform for connecting public- and private-sector organizations in the Kingdom."

IDC is honored to have a wide range of partners on board for the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2021, including: 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@idc.com  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #IDCSAUDICIO.

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