Why IBC 2016

Are you tired of run-of-the-mill awards and find yourself questioning the criteria and process of selection? Wouldn’t you love to learn from winners, rather than just recognize their excellence?


IBC 2016 is a unique awards initiative that disrupts the status quo:

The only initiative to enable invaluable learning from the best CIOs and Startup CTOs across India

A first in the history of awards, this year’s nominations will be made through videos

An end-to-end process that is completely undertaken through the digital medium

Nomination and evaluation processes made transparent by conducting the process solely via digital media

IBC 2016

IBC is a quest to discover, honor, and learn from the best IT leaders in India. Our journey this year will bring out the best talent in technology across the following segments:


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      • CIOs and Startup CTOs will nominate themselves through videos. The IBC team will also travel to different cities to help participants make videos for the self-nomination process.
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      Stage 2
      • The nominations will be open for peer voting through digital media
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      Stage 3
      • On the basis of peer evaluation, Top 50 CIOs and Top 5 Startup CTOs will be selected and recognized at the Grand Finale
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      Stage 4
      • An eminent jury will select the Top 3 CIOs and Top 2 Startup CTOs, who will be honored at the Grand Finale of IBC 2016.

IBC 2013

In 2013, the CIO Association of India and Dell jointly launched India’s first ever community-driven CIO awards in Mumbai. The IBC trophy was unveiled by Mr Alok Ohrie, President and MD, Dell India and Mr Brian Charles Lara. The initiative introduced the ground-breaking concept of peer voting, enabling the CIO Community to choose the very best among themselves. The winners were felicitated by Mr Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief at Times Now, in January, 2014.

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IBC 2014-15

The second edition continued the legacy of disrupting the CIO Awards space in India. A dedicated IBC platform was created for CIOs to showcase their achievements, garner votes through the power of social media, as well as vote for their deserving peers. A new category – ‘India’s most Eminent CIO’ – was instituted to enable participation from all members of the Enterprise IT Industry, including non-CIOs. Mr Sourav Ganguly, Mr Arvind Gupta (National Head – IT, BJP), and Mr Gaurav Chand (VP, Marketing, Commercial, Dell Inc.) presided over this event in July 2015, Mumbai.

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Meet Our Previous 'Top Winners'

In the previous two editions of India’s Best CIO Awards, we recognised some of the country’s most eminent CIOs.

Meet Our Jury

Mr C N Ram
Ex-Group President & CIO at Essar Group

Mr Ashok Wahi
Ex. Group CIO at Spice Corporation Ltd. Currently Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Jaypee Business School, JIIT.

Mr Lalit Sawhney
Ex-SVP (CIO) at Reliance Communication and Ex- Head, Information Systems: Hindustan Unilever Ltd (formerly Hindustan Lever)

Mr. Suneel Aradhye
Ex Group CIO RPG Enterprises, Management Consultant and Member CIO Angel Network

Mr Porus Munshi
An Innovation Expert and Author of a best-selling book: ‘Making Breakthrough Innovation Happen – How 11 Indians Pulled off the Impossible’

Meet Our Previous Jury

Mr Sandeep Phanasgaonkar
Ex-President & CTO at Reliance Capital Ltd

Mr Pravir Vohra
Ex-President and Group CTO at ICICI Bank

Mr Atul Jayawant
Senior President Group IT and Group CIO at Aditya Birla Group

About Us

Dell EMC brings innovation to people everywhere and organizations of all types and sizes so they can transform and thrive in the digital economy. Becoming a digital business means transforming operating models, people, and process as well as IT. We uniquely power this digital transformation by delivering best-in-class technology for applications, data, infrastructure and security – from the edge to the core to the cloud. Collectively under the banner of Dell Technologies, Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware align to deliver a singular goal: helping our customers transform for the future.


The CIO Association of India (CAI) was established in 2008 with a vision to connect every CIO across the country. Since its inception, CAI has been credited with many firsts – from launching India’s largest online social network of CIOs (GreatCIO.com) to initiating the first CIO Book Club and even conducting India’s first multi-city CIO Boardroom (via Telepresence). It is this spirit of initiation in engagement that sets CAI apart.

CAI works towards enriching the CIO’s Leadership Journey. The CIO Academy was established as a first-of-its-kind initiative that works in partnership with the esteemed Indian School of Business (ISB). Realizing the need for a platform that helps CIOs network professionally, CAI instituted the CXO Golf Learning program spread across 7 cities. Also being a knowledge-driven organization, CAI founded the CIO Research Center (CRC), to help CIOs make informed technology choices.

India’s Best CIOs, is yet another successful attempt by CAI in partnership with Dell EMC to disrupt the CIO and Start-up CTO recognition programs in the country. These awards focus more on community participation and peer learning, alongside acknowledging talent, which is the spirit of CAI itself.


  • Mr Vijay Sethi
    VP & CIO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.
    (winner of indias best cio for the second year in a row)

    “Being awarded the Best CIO for the second consecutive edition is a very humbling experience. IT innovation to ensure that IT investments deliver high value consistently to the business especially in today’s times of a very demanding business landscape is the key differentiating factor of a successful IT team. My colleagues at Hero and my family have played a key role in helping me achieving this title once again and my sincerest thanks to all of them. I am also grateful to the CIO Association of India and Dell for this initiative.”

  • CN Ram
    Winner of Konrad Zuse Medal of Honor; Ex-Group President & CIO at Essar Group.
    (ibc jury member 2013)

    "It is a great honor to be chosen by your peers. They fully understand the trials and tribulations of being a CIO and can be truly appreciative of your achievements. Your vote is invaluable in recognizing the best among the best and serves as encouragement for the future."

  • Mr G Radhakrishna Pillai
    CIO, SRL Ltd.

    ‘’Thank you for selecting me for the second time with ‘India’s Best CIOs’ Top 50 awards. Indeed, it is an honor and privilege to be part of the TOP 50. I think it is a very unique and innovative idea to honor and recognise the CIOs through peer voting. This will ensure more and more CIOs come forward to share their knowledge and experience, which will not only benefit CIOs at large but will also help recognize the contribution made by their peers.”

  • Mr V Subramaniam
    Director - IT (Transformation) (EMEA), UTC Building & Industrial Systems.

    “ ‘India's Best CIOs’ is a great platform created for rewarding and recognising CIOs. It has been an excellent and outstanding event. Very well organized; gratitude of thanks!”

  • Mr MG Raghuraman
    Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Mphasis.

    “The uniqueness of this Best 50 CIOs program is the concept of peer voting, which lends so much credibility and value to the CIOs value to the selection process. CIOs like me cherish this recognition and feel deeply honored to be selected to this elite group.  I must thank you and the CAI team for institutionalising this process and wish you continued success in the years to come.”

  • Alok Ohrie
    President and Managing Director, Dell India.

    "In a dynamic environment like India, the CIOs need to keep up with evolving trends to ensure their organisations continue to grow. At Dell, we recognize that this is a huge responsibility and understand the complexities they face when balancing budgets with business imperatives. India's Best CIO, is a great developing platform which aims to recognize India's top CIOs who have shown exemplary performance evaluated by their peers. I would like to congratulate the winners and wish them the very best in their roles as leaders of the industry."

  • Mr Sandeep Phanasgaonkar
    Ex-President & CTO at Reliance Capital Ltd.
    (ibc jury member 2013 2)

    "There is no greater recognition for a CIO than a peer CIO recognition. it is an anonymous vote, which spells secret admiration from the voting CIO for a fellow CIO whose achievements are truly praiseworthy. CIOs are technologists and business leaders who do not hold back their respect for a CIO who has delivered business success through the successful deployment of technology. India's Best CIOs will be truly worthy of the recognition and will work doubly hard in the future to sustain their membership of this hallowed club."

  • Mr Ajit Manocha
    Associate Vice President & CIO, Syngene International Ltd.

    “It is indeed an honor to be selected for the 'India's Best CIO' award 2015.  In today’s competitive business environment IT plays a vital role in delivering business value. It is imperative for IT to partner with business and go beyond just serving them as an internal customer. I am grateful to have found such an opportunity within Syngene to ensure a cohesive partnership between the business and the IT department. This award is dedicated to my entire IT team and business colleagues who stood by me at all the times.”

  • TG Dhandapani
    CIO, TVS Motor.

    “I am happy to be chosen as Second best CIO of the country and very happy that the recognition has come from the CIO community. I have pleasure in dedicating this award to my IT team and ever demanding customers.”

  • Mr Anjani Kumar
    CIO, Safexpress Private Limited.

    “It was really a nice event and really different from typical events and award ceremonies which we attend regularly. I would rate this event pretty high. A big appreciation for you and your team!!”


Reach Out to Us:
Amarinder Singh
Email: amarinder@cioindia.org
Mobile: +91 9343171420

CIO Association of India
P-1, Gem Wellington, Old Airport Road, Bangalore – 560078


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