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Get to Know: Mustafa Gangardiwala, Industrial Bank of Kuwait

On the lighter side of things we ask to Mustafa Gangardiwala, Head of Information Security Unit, Industrial Bank of Kuwait, about what makes him tick. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? During my career, I have gain technical expertise in different technical areas. Even though I have a core technical understanding, I […]


Kuwait IT Director on why the CIO role is essential

On the lighter side of things, we ask Mohammad Alotaibi, Director Of Information Technology – Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority, what makes him tick in and outside of the office. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I have to admit that my strength comes from my solid technical background, I started my […]


Get to Know: Sahem Azzam, Orange Business Services

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. Here we speak to Sahem Azzam, Vice President Middle East and Africa, Orange Business Services What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? From a career perspective, being promoted to lead a services business unit in the Middle East […]


Get to Know: Luis Ortega, Managing Director, MEA at Pagero

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. Here we chat to Luis Ortega, Managing Director, MEA at Pagero. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I feel proud of many things in my professional career but I am especially proud of having built scalable and […]


Get to know: Jason Wells, VP and GM EMEA at Cradlepoint

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. Intelligent CIO speaks to Jason Wells, VP and GM EMEA at Cradlepoint. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? Personally, fathering two children. Professionally, setting up the EMEA-geo for a global SD-WAN vendor from scratch and taking it to a […]


Moving past the hype of Artificial Intelligence to deliver business value

Responsible for leading SAP Ariba’s Product and Innovation team, Darren Koch, Chief Product Officer – SAP Ariba and SAP Business Network, is one of the company’s key global players. Intelligent CIO spoke to him at SAP Ariba Live in Barcelona about his career highlights and the current state of the industry, as well as the […]


Get to know: Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Middle East at Veeam

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. Intelligent CIO speaks Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Middle East at Veeam. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? I am a person focused more about giving then receiving. So my most memorable achievement … I have many moments I […]


Get to Know: Gihane Mourad from ‎Gemalto

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. Intelligent CIO speaks to Gihane Mourad, Sales Director, Financial Services and Retail for MENA, ‎Gemalto. What drove you to get into tech and your first role in the industry? I would have to say that technology found me. After I […]


Get To Know: Gautam Kumar, COO and Co-Founder, of FarEye

On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry-experts what makes them tick. Here we talk to Gautam Kumar, COO and Co-Founder, FarEye. What would you describe as your most memorable achievement?  After completing graduation, we made a product called Suraksha. Suraksha was meant to make the usage of gas cylinders more secure. In […]


Get to know: Mohamed Helmy, MD for SAP Kuwait

Intelligent CIO gets to know what makes Mohamed Helmy, MD for SAP Kuwait, tick inside and outside the office.  What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? My most memorable achievement was while at SAP, my entire team was named to the global SAP Winner’s Circle, which recognises the top-performing sales and solutions teams from […]


‘UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain have begun digitisation but there are challenges’

Here we speak to Amir Kanaan, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, to find out what makes him tick in and outside the office. He tells us: “Although many Middle Eastern countries such as the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain have already begun the implementation of core digitisation initiatives, there are […]


Managing change in the cybersecurity industry

It was two decades ago that Jeff Ogden, General Manager, Mimecast ME, first considered a career in cybersecurity. “I was working at a company called Ifor (I for internet) with two friends in 1998. It was a web hosting business in the .com era and we grew it to 25 people in two years,” he […]


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