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Abu Dhabi, UAE , July 8, 2009 View All Press Releases

Gartner and University of Oxford Launch CIO Academy in Gulf Region

Two-day Intensive Executive Education Program Receives Encouraging Response from IT Leaders in United Arab Emirates

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Gartner Executive Programs, a unit of Gartner, Inc., today announced that they are to present their renowned CIO Academy in the Gulf Region. 

CIO Academy is a prestigious and unique management development programme for the most senior person with ultimate responsibility for an organization’s IT.  The programme has become established over several years at Oxford, helping many IT leaders to maximise the contribution of technology.

The CIO Academy programme will equip IT leaders in the United Arab Emirates to combine the insight and experience of the world’s largest IT executive community and find solutions to address challenges and changing demands in today’s competitive environment. 

United Arab Emirates, with its increased investment in infrastructure and ICT related development is one of the fastest growing regions in the Gulf.  The awareness to embrace technology and best practice the in United Arab Emirates is unmistakable as businesses continue to take advantage of new technologies to overcome bottlenecks and increase their efficiency and growth.

His Excellency Rashed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) will be a special guest speaker on the programme.  ADSIC is the governmental body responsible for delivering the UAE’s acclaimed e-government platform to match the best in the world.

“Delivering this programme in the Gulf is an exciting yet natural step for the University.  We have built valuable relationships with many prominent organizations and are pleased to further develop our commitment and offering to the region” said Professor Michael Earl, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (Development and External Affairs), University of Oxford.

The Gulf region programme, starting in Abu Dhabi will have a particular focus on business and technology leadership.  “CIO Academy delivers the ability to fully understand the demands of the executive board on IT, demonstrate the value IT creates, and lead IT divisions to success” said Roger Kemp, Group Vice President, Gartner.

Removed from the tactical concerns of the workplace, participants develop broader perspectives on strategic management, and how to deliver value to their organization.  They return with a renewed perspective and a tailored action plan for leadership success.  Close interaction with outstanding faculty, and an exclusive group of senior level IT executives results in highly personal, pragmatic learning for all attendees.

“Two elements of CIO Academy really impressed me: the outstanding quality of the speakers and the diversity of industries represented.  This provided a platform to focus on the real issues faced by IT” said Ali Sajwani, Senior Vice President, IT Applications and Enterprise Management, Emirates NBD and previous participant at CIO Academy at Oxford

“CIO Academy supports the long term vision of the UAE Federal Government and the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 to develop a highly skilled and highly productive workforce. CIO Academy is open to Nationals and Expatriates providing a platform for their development through executive education and personal on-site tuition. CIO Academy is an exciting step forward for Gartner in the region, said Myles Bird, UAE Country Manager, Gartner.

CIOs interested in taking part should visit or email

To talk to a Gartner expert about CIO issues, please contact Myles Bird, +971 4 391 3202 To explore the University of Oxford’s partnership in this program, email or telephone +44 (0)1865 422727. 

About Saïd Business School
Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and information management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders, inspired and enabled by teaching from one of the top three universities in the world. For more information, see

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