Fernando Wangila receives CIO of the yearaward from Harry Hare. PHOTO | HILARY KIMUYUFernando Wangila receives CIO of the yearaward from Harry Hare. PHOTO | HILARY KIMUYU
By HILARY KIMUYU

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) head of IT Fernando Wangila has won the CIO of the year award in East Africa.

This year’s awards, which were themed Digital Transformation, was preceded by a two-day’s symposium held at Enashipai Resort and Spa.

It was attended by more than 400 senior IT and business executives who congregated to learn, share knowledge and recognize their peers who have performed well, according to Joseph Sevilla, Director at iLab, a research Centre within Strathmore University.

NTSA scooped the top accolade following its brilliance in implementing Transport Information Management System (TIMS).

TIMS is a self-help portal where any Kenyan can access any services offered by NTSA anywhere as long as they have internet connection.

HIGH LEVEL SUBMISSIONS

Sevilla pointed out that the adjudication team had been marveled with the high level of submissions forwarded by various corporate firms who filled in the CIO survey.

“We noticed that emerging technology isn’t merely a conjured-up report but they represent a series of already rolled-out initiatives – in pure capital, time and energy – that have massive implications for the enterprise. We noticed that emerging technology isn’t merely a conjured-up report but they represent a series of already rolled-out initiatives – in pure capital, time and energy – that have massive implications for the enterprise,” said Sevilla.

Laura Chite, CEO CIO East Africa, congratulated the NTSA Team for scooping the 2017 award and adding value in Kenya’s transport system by effectively rolling out the TIMs project.

More than 650 companies from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia participated in this year’s CIO100 competition, with entries from all the economic verticals including education, health, logistics, banking and financial services, insurance and agriculture.

Last year saw, EABL scooped the coveted award through its Distributor Management System (DMS), a sales force solution that automates the distributor activities and enables the performance tracking of its entire sales force.

Below is the list of winners in the other categories:

Financial Service Sector  – Barclays Bank of Kenya
Manufacturing Sector –  Longhorn Publishers
Media Sector Award –  MultiChoice Award
Health Sector Award –  Gertrudes Hospital
Public Sector –  NSSF Uganda
Local Government –  Kitui County

CIO Special Awards
Leadership Award – -Huduma Kenya
CIO Green Edge Award – Sarova Hotels (The Sarova Project)
Infrastructure Award – MultiChoice Kenya (Fundi Task)
CIO of the Year Award – Fernando Wangila, CIO, NTSA
Overall Winner – NTSA
Industry Service Award – Access Kenya