NME Awards judges announced

The judging panel for the third annual NME Innovation Awards has now been finalised, ahead of the ceremony on 2 April.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  February 19, 2007

The judging panel for the third annual NME Innovation Awards has now been finalised, ahead of the ceremony on 2 April. The judges will be: Derek Holland, head of Emirates Media’s IT centre; Mohammed Shah, senior technical adviser to the Knowledge Economic City project in Saudi Arabia; Todd McGregor, managing director of Forrester Middle East; and Kandasamy Ganesan, district chair of BICSI Middle East and Africa. And late addition Ghazi Atallah, senior advisor at the neXgen Advisory Group, will complete the panel. Between them the judges bring a wealth of experience to the awards process, and will ensure entries are judged from a range of viewpoints. Holland is a two-time winner of NME Awards in the past and has transformed Emirates Media’s IT infrastructure, while Shah has been tasked with creating the IT framework for one of Saudi Arabia’s key Economic City projects. McGregor has commentated on many aspects of the regional IT industry, while Ganesan has worked to build up BICSI in the Middle East to a formidable standards body. Atallah has worked as Cisco's VP/MD for telecoms service providers in Emerging Markets, and earlier as MD at Cisco for the Middle East Attendees to BICSI can attend the gala dinner free of charge; transport will be available from the conference at the Habtoor Grand hotel, to the awards ceremony at the nearby Grosvenor House. Early-bird discounts are still available for BICSI – the discounted rates are valid until the end of February.

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