by James Henderson

Introducing CIO50: ASEAN’s 50 most innovative tech leaders

Sep 12, 2019
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Nominations are free to enter and close on Friday 18 October

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CIO is proud to launch the inaugural CIO50 list in ASEAN, recognising the top 50 senior technology executives driving innovation and influencing rapid change.

Reflective of IDG’s increasing commitment to the region, CIO50 is aligned to a global awards program and viewed as a mark of excellence within the enterprise.

CIO50 – in association with IBM – will be judged on two core pillars of Business Innovation and Leadership, honouring transformational and disruptive CIOs at both in-country and regional levels within Southeast Asia.

Under the Innovation pillar, the nomination will describe the technology innovation/s introduced over the past two years that have changed the way the business operates.

Under the Leadership pillar, the nomination will describe the ways in which the technology leader has collaborated and influenced the organisation and its leadership team.

The role of technology leaders – whether CIO, CTO, CSO or CDO – continues to change at pace, driven by the emergence of new technologies and business models. CIO50 will capture this change through highlighting the innovative work of individuals and organisations across the region.

Whether a small project or large company-wide initiative, entrants are encouraged to document the positive impact of technology and the business benefits of disruptive thinking.


The inaugural CIO50 is open to the top technology leader within an organisation, who has overall responsibility and control of the IT vision and direction of the company.

This C-level executive will provide innovation within their organisation, while also being at the forefront of decision-making and strategic change.

Specifically, the CIO50 questionnaire seeks to determine:

  • The technology innovation/s that have changed the way an organisation operates
  • Why the innovation/s are unique in the marketplace
  • How the C-level executive collaborates and influences the organisation and its leadership team
  • The role technology plays in helping the organisation achieve its objectives


Nominations are now open and run until Friday 18 October. Submissions are free to enter and can be self-nominated or nominated on behalf of someone else, with all entries set to be reviewed by a select and independent CIO50 judging panel, who will rate each section of the questionnaire in order to determine the final list.

After 25 highlighted CIOs and organisations, the remaining 25 honourees recognised are listed alphabetically by company. Submissions will also form the basis of written profiles of all 50 technology leaders.

The more powerful nominations will be the ones that can provide real-world examples of where technology and digital chiefs are successfully providing value to their organisations, driving innovation, and leading their teams.

The word count for responses to questions under each of the two pillars – Business Innovation and Leadership – should be no more than 800 words (1600 words in total for both pillars).

CIO50 will be revealed at an exclusive cocktail reception on 28 November in Singapore.

For more information, click here, or contact James Henderson, Editorial Director of CIO ASEAN, via