Sixteen winners were honoured at CEO Middle East Awards, a gala black tie event at Waldorf Astoria DIFC, including Adel Mardini, founder and CEO of Jetex. Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman of Aster DM Healthcare, received the Visionary CEO of the Year Award in recognition of his contribution.
Other winners honoured at the event include:
- Telecoms CEO of the Year: Ali Al Zahid, CEO of Zain Iraq
- Banking CEO of the Year: Sunil Kaushal, Standard Chartered bank’s regional CEO for Africa and the Middle East
- Turnaround CEO of the Year: Chris Roberts, CEO of Eltizam Asset Management Group
- Young CEO of the Year: Oweis Zahran CEO of OWS Automotive & Managing Partner and Managing Partner of Rafid Automotive Solutions
- Retail CEO of the Year: Mohammad A. Baker, Deputy Chairman & CEO at Gulf Marketing Group
- Media CEO of the Year: Maaz Sheikh, co-founder and CEO of Starz Play
- Legal CEO of the Year: Farah Zafar, Chief Legal Officer for Amaala - The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia
- Investment Banking CEO of the Year: Hisham Alrayes, CEO of GFH Group
- FM CEO of the Year: Jamal Abdulla Lootah, Group CEO of Imdaad
- Leadership Coach of the Year: Kelly Eide, Equus, CEO of TrueYouMe
- Transport CEO of the Year: Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the Traffic and Roads Agency
- Property CEO of the Year: Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers
- Automotive CEO of the Year: Ralph Debbas, founder of W Motors
The event partners included Dunhill, Exclusive Fashion Partner and the Waldorf Astoria DIFC Hotel, the ceremony’s Exclusive Hospitality Partner.
“We would like to thank our Gold Sponsors, Dubai International Financial Centre, Gargash Group and ESAT, and our Silver Sponsor STC, for joining forces with CEO Middle East this evening,” said Shane McGinley, Arabian Business’ editorial director during the award ceremony.
“For over a decade, CEO Middle East has shone the spotlight on leadership in the region. Ten years is a long time in business, but feels a lot longer in a region where change happens at such a stratospheric rate,” Jola Chudy, editor-in-chief of CEO Middle East magazine, said in a speech at the event.
“The purpose of CEO Middle East has always been about sharing inspiring stories of achievement in the business world and reporting on key issues, trends and challenges. Ten years ago, these trends were very different from those that leaders grapple with today, and CEO has evolved to reflect this.
"We delve into issues such as sustainability, artificial intelligence, crypto-currencies and the changing geopolitical landscape, which many of you will know from our recent interviews. Something that I don’t think has changed at all, however, are the characteristics of great leadership. Integrity, passion, courage, tenacity, creativity and vision have always been the hallmark that drives true success, and they are abundant in the room this evening,” she added.