Opening Panel: The Era of Disruption - CIOs as the Drivers of Digital Transformation

According to IDC, 40 percent of all technology spending will go toward digital transformations, with enterprises spending in excess of $2 trillion through 2019. CIOs are at the heart of digital disruption, driving both IT transformation and modernization strategies, tackling technology for competitive advantage and identifying new growth opportunities. Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda report revealed duties of 84% of CIOs at top-performing digital businesses have dramatically expanded beyond the IT function, with innovation and transformation being their prime responsibilities now.  CIOs have to understand and anticipate future business needs and create efficient plans to deliver business value to customers, delivering a seamless customer experience while also ensuring the stability of the existing system in a rapidly evolving environment. This panel will explore the leading role of CIO as the driver of digital transformation in different industries. It will also dive into the challenges they are facing in this rapid era of disruption.


Ali Alomran, Chief Information Officer, Arab National Bank
Raid Bakri, Chief Information Officer, Solidarity Saudi Takaful
Andrea Prazakova, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience & Design- MEA, Mastercard

Moderator: Ziad Matar, Partner and Co-Founder, Meditari