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Safaricom Director of IT services George Njuguna was named CIO of the Year 2018.

In its drive to steer digital transformation, dx5 (formerly CIO Africa) has released a shortlist for companies that will compete in the Digital Transformation (dx100) Symposium & Awards slated for 23rd to 25th of this year.

Now in its 14th year, the Digital Transformation (dx100) Symposium & Awards celebrate 100 organisations – and the people within them – that are using information technology in innovative ways to deliver business value.

The shortlist has been drawn from a pool of over 350 firms that had earlier submitted their applications to be recognized in the awards. The list will be trimmed down to 100 who will be awarded as the top 100 companies in Africa that have embraced digital transformation in their projects.

The companies will go through a rigorous adjudication process where a panel of judges will select the top 100 of the lot in different categories. The companies are drawn from different countries across the continent including Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Mauritius, Rwanda, Nigeria, Zambia and Egypt.

This edition of the Awards, which feature winners from different categories, include Healthcare, Government/ Public Sector, E*******n, Insurance, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Media, Transport, Banking, and SACCOs. New categories introduced this year include Retail, Telecommunications, Agriculture, and Non-profit.

The finalist companies that will be participating in the Digital Transformation Awards include:

  • The banking sector: Equity Bank, ABSA Kenya, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Gulf African Bank, and Sidian Bank.
  • The healthcare sector: MP Shah Hospital, Gertrude’s Children Hospital, and Dawa Lifesciences.
  • The manufacturing sector: Car & General, Mabati Rolling Mills, British American T*****o (BAT), Unga Holdings Group, and Isuzu East Africa.
  • The public sector: Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (KETRACO), Energy, & Petroleum Regulation Authority (EPRA).
  • The insurance sector: Jubilee Insurance, Motisure, Kenya Reinsurance Corporation, and Takaful Insurance.

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This edition of the awards has attracted companies outside Kenya, an indication how digital transformation has grown in the continent. The shortlisted companied that are outside Kenya include:

  • Weber Wentzel (South Africa)
  • Smart Africa (Rwanda)
  • Infobip (Project for Zenith Bank) – (Nigeria)
  • Jelurida Africa (Nigeria)
  • Thochima Enterprises Ltd (Zambia)
  • Inq Digital (Mauritius)
  • Platino Group (Egypt)
  • Billionaire Fund (Uganda)

dx5 Chairman Harry Hare, commenting on the shortlisted companies, said: “We have received applications from countries we never received from before and sectors we didn’t award in the past. This shows how technology continues to be adopted in the continent with countries like Mauritius, Zambia, and Uganda showing that they will not be left behind by the digital transformation bandwagon.”

The Digital Transformation (dx100) Symposium & Awards event will be hosted at Leisure Lodge, Diani, Mombasa. Some of the anticipated speakers include tech luminaries such as Jack Ngare, Technical Director Office of the CTO, Google, Ali Hussein, Chairman of the Association of Fintechs in Kenya, (AFIK) and CIO of the Year 2018, George Njuguna.

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