Middle East CIO Executive Summit

28 November 2023 | Fairmont Riyadh

28 November 2023
Fairmont Riyadh


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Middle East's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Understanding CIO & CISO’s Role to Communicate Cyber Risk and Maintain Business Resiliency

Converging IT & Digital Transformation to Increase Operational Efficiencies & Deliver Value

Distilling key Pillars of Leadership, Education and Culture to Ensure a Robust, Secure IT Ecosystem

Middle East CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.


Saud Al Dhawyani

Emirates NBD

Hamad Al-Qayed

Qatar Energy

Khalid AlMutairi


Sabri Albreiki

Group CIO & CTO

Mohammed Chaara

Abdul Latif Jameel
Group Chief Information and Digital Officer

Carlo Nizam

Emirates Global Aluminum
Chief Digital Officer

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Middle East CIO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


28 November 2023

08:15 - 09:15  Registration & Breakfast

09:15 - 10:00  Keynote

The Three Magic Ingredients of Transformation

Mary Mesaglio headshot

Mary Mesaglio

Distinguished VP Analyst


"I am not interested in transformation," said no CEO ever. Everyone is transforming, and so they should be. The problem is that transformations can feel like pushing water uphill, with leaders exhorting their people to change and despairing that they ever will. So, what is missing? Three ingredients, which Ms. Mesaglio will highlight in this keynote session.

10:00 - 10:15  Break

10:15 - 11:00  Breakout Session

Unifying IT Ecosystems to Accelerate Decision-Making

Taha Tkito headshot

Taha Tkito


Americana Foods

 More details coming soon!

11:00 - 12:00  Networking Break

11:10 - 11:30  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

12:00 - 12:45  Executive Boardroom

Leverage Collaboration to Demonstrate IT’s Business Value

The CIO has become the catalyst for digital business and plays a key role in driving the enterprise forward. IT leaders must influence business partnerships to demonstrate IT’s value to increase investment and resources.

Join this boardroom to discuss how to: 

  • Shift the IT mindset to quantify business value and devise methods to measure success
  • Leverage data as a stepping stone to illustrate IT’s value to the wider organisation
  • Communicate to the board to achieve leadership buy-in

12:45 - 13:45  Lunch Service

14:20 - 15:00  Break

15:00 - 15:45  Breakout Session

Reimaging the IT Operating Model to Accelerate Growth

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Khalid AlMutairi



 More details coming soon!

15:00 - 15:45  Executive Boardroom

The Reality of the Cloud Journey — Comparing Lessons Learned

As cloud infrastructure strategies become more complex, a structured approach with space for flexibility is paramount to execute blueprints. CIOs must streamline efficiencies, invest smartly and improve resiliency. As the journey progresses, what are the lessons learned that will make for smoother transitions in the future?

Join this boardroom to discuss how to:

  • Balance the pros and cons of hybrid vs. on prem. Is cloud an OPEX or CAPEX expense?
  • Advocate for larger IT budget to mitigate for unforeseen cloud costs
  • Streamline cloud and application strategy to minimise delays in transition of workload

15:45 - 16:15  Networking Break

15:50 - 16:10  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

16:15 - 16:50  Keynote

The Future of Cybersecurity - How Can Cybersecurity and R&D Work Together?

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Mesfer Almesfer

Group CISO


More details coming soon!

16:50 - 17:30  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

28 November 2023


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Venue & Accommodation

Fairmont Riyadh

Your Community Partners

CISO Thought Leader

Community Programme Managers

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contacts.

Mohamad Joumaa

Community Programme Manager

Chloe Stevenson

Senior Community Programme Manager

+44 (0)7701 308 236