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Transformational Insights and Innovation the World CIO 200 – Oman Edition

The World CIO 200—Oman Edition, an integral part of the global series recognizing and celebrating the top 200 CIOs worldwide, successfully concluded its event in Oman. Hosted by the GEC Media Group, and supported by Omantel, the event gathered top technology leaders, experts, and visionaries from various industries to discuss and explore the latest trends and challenges in digital transformation and innovation.

The event commenced with Abdullah Al Barwani, CISO of Omantel, delivering the country’s inaugural keynote address. Al Barwani shared his expert insights on the current cybersecurity landscape and the strategies essential for safeguarding organizational assets in an increasingly digital world.

The highlight of the morning was the panel discussion titled “Unleash the Might: Creating a Unified Vision,” moderated by Amjid Ali, CIO of Al Ansari Group. The session stressed the importance of aligning diverse stakeholders around a shared vision for transformation. Esteemed panelists included Bhupendra Pant, CIO & General Manager IT at Oman Trading, Maher Sulaiman Almaskari, Head of Operational Technology at Khimji Ramdas Group, Hussain Al Awati, Head of IT Change & Innovation at National Bank of Oman (NBO), Laila Al Hadhrami, Executive Director of Oman IT Society (OITS), and Sanjeev Madavi, a Digital Transformation Expert. Each shared their perspectives on achieving unified goals amidst diverse organizational structures.

Imran Abdulla, GM for the Middle East and Africa at Orbus Software, followed with a compelling presentation on “Accelerate Enterprise Transformation with Practical AI” Abdulla provided actionable insights into leveraging AI for driving enterprise-level transformations.

The next session, “Empowering Global Talent,” moderated by Dr Salim Al-Shuaili, Director of the AI & AT Projects Unit at MTCIT, emphasized the critical need for fostering a diverse and globally capable workforce. Panellists Dr. Amjed Al-Thuhly, CEO of FutureTech, Dr. Sulaiman Al-Hasni, Deputy Dean of Global College of Engineering and Technology, and Dr. Younis Al-Anqoudi, Senior Manager-Head of ICT at TRANSOM Handling, discussed strategies for nurturing talent that can drive transformational change irrespective of geographical boundaries.

The event concluded with a thought-provoking session titled “SynergAIze Your Digital Transformation,” presented by Nicholas Tay Chee Seng, Chief Technology Officer EMEA at SANGFOR TECHNOLOGIES. Seng’s insights into integrating AI with digital transformation strategies provided attendees with innovative approaches to enhance their digital initiatives.

The World CIO 200 – Oman Edition was a resounding success, offering a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among the region’s leading IT professionals. The GEC Media Group looks forward to continuing this momentum and further contributing to the global CIO community through the following editions of the World CIO 200.