CIO of the year 2022
LEFT TO RIGHT: dx5 CEO and Co- Founder Kelly Bentley, Moses Okundi, Chief Technology Officer (CIO), Absa Bank Kenya, Angela Waliaula, Network Infrastructure Engineer, Absa Bank, Kenya and Vincent Ngai, Head of Change, Absa Bank Kenya, Angela Waliaula, Network Infrastructure Engineer, Absa Bank, Kenya during the awards ceremony.

DIANI, KWALE: Moses Okundi, the Chief Technology Officer (CIO) at Absa Bank Kenya has been named The CIO Of The Year 2022 at the annual dx100 Symposium and Awards (formerly CIO 100 Awards). The CIO of the Year Award is awarded to the CIO who has deployed technology that has transformed the business.

Moses Okundi topped from a selection of over 350 applications across Africa said: “This is just amazing. It is unbelievable. The thing about this event is the interactions; the engagements – hanging out with people who have the same challenges as you daily are just amazing. Thank you very much dx100. Thank you, everyone.”

The Digital Transformation (dx100) Awards recognises 100 organizations (and people within them) in Africa using technology in interesting, innovative ways that add business value.

Applications were reviewed, evaluated, and scored by a panel of judges led by Prof. Louis Fourie, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Technology Services at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, while the CIO of the Year was selected by industry experts, academics, business executives and former CIOs.

“Many people were merely changing from analogue to digital. What we were looking for was a real innovation. Remember that digital transformation touched your whole company. It touches the organisation, the supply chain, your customer relations, the business model – everything. It changes your business. We saw that in several companies and were impressed by that,” said Prof Fourie.

The dx⁵ Group CEO Kelly Bentley said that it was an all-around success as it converged tech leaders from across the continent. “We need to share ideas and practical steps on how we can leverage technology to help grow the continent. dx100 is a platform for innovation leaders to connect and have discussions on how to work together for the benefit of Africa. Connection is our passion at dx⁵. We are super proud of all the participants and congratulations to the winners,” she said.

Before the awards, the event involved a symposium where key technology leaders in Africa shared their thoughts on how the continent can leverage digital transformation for growth. The symposium involved discussion around different technology topics including cybersecurity, Software as a Service, FinTech, smart data, and smart infrastructure to brainstorming Ideation sessions.

Tech leaders who had all submitted their projects for consideration also got a chance to share how their firms have taken technology more seriously after seeing its effects of it. They also shared how they are working together among the C-suite to continue using digital transformation to further grow their companies and bring change to the continent.

Winning the CIO of The Year award has opened doors for previous winners such as 2018’s George Njuguna, CIO, Safaricom and 2016’s Kenneth Ogwang’ who have gone on to rise in their careers.

Here is the list of all the winners of the various awards in multiple sectors.

LIST OF WINNERS 2022

Manufacturing Sector Award        BAT Kenya PLC

Hospitality Sector Award              JAVA House Africa

Public Sector Award                      Agricultural Finance Corporation

Education Sector Award                Shule Pepe Ltd

Infrastructure Award                     Absa Bank Kenya Plc

Banking Sector Award                    Equity Bank, Kenya

Sacco Sector Award                        Stima Sacco DT Society Ltd

Health Sector Award                       Amref Health Africa

Retail Sector Award                        Naivas Ltd

Insurance Sector Award                Jubilee Insurance

Green Edge Awards                        Ministry of Water and Environment (Uganda)

Technology Partner Awards         Safaricom Plc

Overall Company of the Year       Diageo Plc – Africa

CISO of the Year                             Thelma Kganakga, Group CISO, Equity Bank (K) Ltd

CXO of the Year                               Hector Tamez, Head of Manufacturing East Africa, BAT

BIOS

Lead Judge

Prof. Louis Fourrie, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Technology Services Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Louis Fourie was born in Cape Town, South Africa and is presently an extraordinary Professor in Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape after he retired as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Technology Services at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

He obtained a doctorate at the University of Stellenbosch in 1991 and an MBA degree (cum laude) at the Potchefstroom University (now University of the North West) in 1999 where he received the Old Mutual Gold Medal for exceptional achievement and the best MBA student.

Louis lectured in Information Systems and Technology at several universities and business schools in South Africa, Africa, Europe, USA and Australia. He has been involved in various research projects regarding human-machine cognition; business intelligence, e-business, e-learning, cyberlaw, digital transformation, and digital inclusion. He supervised numerous M and PhD theses and at the end of 2009 he was rewarded as the CSSA Western Cape ICT person of the year for his contribution to the ICT industry. His consultation work spans various industries and disciplines, and he frequently presents papers at national and international conferences, and has published several papers in academic journals and books.

Lead C-Suite Executive

Kelly Bentley, Co-Founder & Group CEO of dx⁵

Kelly Bentley is Co-Founder & Group CEO of dx⁵ previously the Co-Founder and Chief Rebel at The Rebel Element, a team talented in business optimisation and stakeholder engagement. With a sales and marketing leadership background in the technology industry working across the USA, Europe and Africa for over 20 years, Kelly has experience working in B2B agencies, a successful co-owned event agency and on the other side in enterprise tech, building direct and channel go-to markets.

Kelly is custodian of the company vision and growth with a focus on partnerships and the organisation’s unique humancentric engagement model. Passionate about building connection, Kelly focuses on the human element and specialises in enabling optimisation and building awareness, collaboration, and trust to safeguard long-term loyalty and sustainable business growth for her clients.

An international speaker and connection enthusiast, Kelly is widely regarded for building impressive B2B networking platforms and successfully connecting senior stakeholders across the globe to facilitate multi-million dollar technology deals. Kelly has built her business and relationships around a few key values including authenticity, reliability, innovation and inclusion.

Kelly brings people together, a broker of sorts – building communities around their unique needs leveraging skill, experience, and influence to drive value and help people make better business decisions. Selling, but mostly I help her clients sell. A marketeer as per dictionary.com but in reality, a relationship artist. Kelly creates engagement opportunities to help buy or sell digital solutions by understanding the demand and building effective customer experiences.

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