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World CIO 200 Summit in Bahrain: A Day of Digital Transformation and Innovation

The Bahrain leg of the World CIO 200 Summit was held today at the Art Hotel in Amwaj Islands. The event was graced by the presence of HH Shaikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, VP of the General Sports Authority, who presented the awards to the CIO 200 winners.

The summit was kicked off by Dr. Jassim Haji, president of IGOAI, who spoke about the digital transformation trends in the country and the increasing adoption of emerging technologies such as AI.

This was followed by a panel discussion on ‘digital transformation – pioneering innovation and achieving sustainable growth.’ The discussion, moderated by Ahmed Saleh Albalooshi, Managing Director of Fintech IT Consultations, explored various facets of digital transformation, featuring Humood Al Humood, Director of Information Technology at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy; Anas Kamaluddin, Head of Technology for Strategic Operating Business Units at Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo; and Tareq Abdulrahman Mejhem, Head of IT at the Ministry of Interior. The panelists unanimously agreed that digital transformation strategies need to keep evolving and driving business growth.

As part of the sponsor keynote, Imran Abdulla, GM for the Middle East and Africa at Orbus Software, spoke about how dashboards use AI for the translation of business questions into queries and for chart code generation.

The final panel of the day focused on GenAI use cases with leaders from the academic world. Moderated by Mahmood Aladraj, Chief Executive of VirtuThinko, this panel featured Dr. Fadheela Abbas Hussain, Assistant Professor with a PhD in Computing and Information Sciences at the University of Technology Bahrain; Dr. Hassan Kadhem, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the American University of Bahrain; and Sini Raj, Tutor in BICT – Database at EDICT Polytechnic. Fousing largely on the disruptive impact of GenAI in the education sector, panelists debated about the way to adopt this transformative technology with policies around governnance and monitoring.


CIO 200 winners of the Bahrain edition included:


Abdulaziz Binsafar HH SHK Nasser Vocational training center NEXT-GEN
Tariq, Al Issa Royal Medical Services – MKCC Leader
Tareq, Mejhem Ministry of Interior MOI Leader
Husain, Abdullatif National Space Science Agency Leader
Walaa, AlHashimi Bahrain Chamber Leader
Khalid, Alkhalufi Ministry of Youth Affairs Leader
Shk Hamad bin Ahmed Al Khalifa Ministry of Labour Leader
Mohammed, Al Sharqawy Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Company (ASRY) Master
Amjad, El Nayal Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Master
Ahmed, Alshehabi Bahrain Airport Services Master
Sohaib, Alabdi University of Bahrain Master
Mohamed, Niroz Almerbati International Co. W.L.L Master
Nani, Butti Supreme Council for Youth & Sports Master
Humood, Al Humood Ministry of Finance and National Economy – Bahrain Master
Dalal, Al Noaimi Custom Affairs Master
Abdulla, Aljowder Tamkeen Master
Husain, Sabt Solidarity Bahrain Master
Mohamed Khalifa Albenjasim Bahrain Airport Services Master
Hussain, Aljamri Bharain Bourse Legend
Khalid, Jalal GARMCO Legend
Anas, Kamaluddin Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Legend
Hasan, Murad Royal Humanitarian Foundation Legend
Prem, Prabhakaran Foulath Holding Company Legend
Hamed, Abulfatih Survey and Land Registration Bureau Legend
Ali, Abdualla Ministry of Oil and Environment Legend
Aiman, Aljabr Havelock One Legend
Hasan, Alahmed Government Hospitals Legend
ERKAN, AYTURK Ebrahim Khalil Kanoo B.S.C (EKK) Legend
Alka, Srivastava Ibn Al Nafees Hospital Legend
PRADEEP KUMAR, MUTHAYYA Al Hekma International School Legend
Ali, Naser Gulf University Legend
Aref, Abdulla Bapco Upstream Legend
Thajba, Aljowder Education & Training Quality Authority Legend
Osama, Nasr GFH Group\Khaleeji Bank Legend
Hind, Aljawder Al-iman School Legend
Jasim, Algannas Council of Representatives Legend
Dr. Bradley J. Cook American University of Bahrain (AUBH) Legend
Dr. Hassan Al Hajhiuj Kingdom University Legend