About the Country

Bahrain is emerging as a regional frontrunner in digital transformation, having long recognized the important contribution of technology to its economy in propelling growth, accelerating economic diversification and generating jobs. The Kingdom has been quick to implement reforms to enhance the operating environment for technology-driven businesses. One of the key drivers of Bahrain’s growth is its positive business environment. It offers a tried-and-tested legal and regulatory environment and has the least restrictions on foreign ownership. Bahrain is also the proud home to a respected financial services sector with more than four decades of experience. According to government figures, the number of Bahraini tech start-ups has grown to 75 companies, which highlights the growing importance of entrepreneurship to the kingdom’s economic growth.

In line with this vision, The World CIO 200 Summit 2020 will bring together the digital leaders who have gone the extra mile in living up to the expectations of their organization and thereby the nation. Join the country’s top CIOs at The World CIO Summit 2020 as we divulge industry pivotal areas through our focused keynotes, TECHTalk and expert panel discussio

About the Event

The role of a CIO is one of the most criticalone in today’s business and industry. Today, CIOs hold the future of innovation, productivity and competitiveness in their hands. At the GLOBAL CIO FORUM, we not only provide our members with an exchange forum for best IT leadership strategies and practices to enhance business results, but we are also developing a strong voice to ensure that CIOs are represented at key industry and government decision tables. In other words: Integrate. Influence. Impact.


The GLOBAL CIO FORUM represents IT Executives and CIOs globally. Currently working in META region and with expansion plans globally, the GLOBAL CIO FORUM is a non-profit community of CIOs and IT leaders whose mission is to facilitate networking, sharing of best practices and executive development, and to collaborate on issues faced by the CIOs/IT Executives.





02.00 pm

CIO 200 Welcome note GCF

Anushree, Global Head – Content & Strategic Alliances, UAE

02.10 pm

Country Opening KeyNote

Dr. Jassim Haji, President, AI Society Bahrain

02.25 pm

AI changing life.

Mr. Horst W. Gonska, Managing Partner – Evidence-Based Interaction Germany

02.40 pm

How AI will play a pivotal role in post-pandemic workplace’  – Empowering organizations to build a resilient infrastructure with AI.

Dr. Zahra Rashid Al Rawahi, Director of Innovation Capacity Building & Support, Ministry of Higher Education


02.55 pm

Leaders of the Future: Dealing with Uncertainties in the Present and Post Pandemic world

Mrs. Ektaa Sibal, India’s No 1 Inner-Self Transformation Specialist India

03.10 pm

On the importance of having a multicultural approach of technology ethics

Emmanuel Goffi, PHD Director – Observatory of Ethics & AI France

03.25 pm

Cross Broder Pannel Discussion

Aliasgar Bohari, Zulekha Hospitals Director IT UAE | Ashish Khanna, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Deputy Vice President – IT India | Adam Lalani, Westminster City Council EUC Manager United Kingdom & Khalid Jalal, GARMCO Senior Group ICT Manager Bahrain

04.15 pm

The World CIO200 Awards

Anushree, Global Head – Content & Strategic Alliances, UAE

04.15 pm

Closing Note

Global CIO Forum

04.15 to 06.00 pm


Booth visits, Lounge meetings, Meetings and call scheduling

Speakers 2020

Dr. Jassim Haji,

Dr. Jassim Haji,

President, AI Society Bahrain
Mr. Horst W. Gonska

Mr. Horst W. Gonska

Managing Partner - Evidence-Based Interaction, Germany
Dr. Zahra Rashid Al Rawahi

Dr. Zahra Rashid Al Rawahi

Director of Innovation Capacity Building & Support Act. Director of Information & Communication Technology Research Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation, Oman
Ektaa Sibal

Ektaa Sibal

International Speaker & Counselor Inner - Self Transformation Specialist
Emmanuel R Goffi

Emmanuel R Goffi

Philosophe de l'IA | Directeur de l'Observatoire Éthique & Intelligence Artificielle, de l'Institut Sapiens | Professeur d'éthique de l'IA à aivancity, School for Technology, Business & Society Paris, Île-de-France, France
Aliasgar Bohari

Aliasgar Bohari

Director IT, Zulekha Hospitals
Ashish Khanna

Ashish Khanna

Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Deputy Vice President – IT India Bahrain
Khalid Jalal

Khalid Jalal

Senior Group ICT Manager, GARMCO
Adam Lalani

Adam Lalani

Westminster City Council EUC Manager United Kingdom

Event Partner 2020

AI Society Bahrain-210x75px
Ministry of Higher Educatiion 210x75px