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The 7th Burj CEO Awards

"Bridging Continents, Celebrating Excellence" aims to celebrate the outstanding achievements of CEOs and organizations who have made significant contributions to bridging global markets, fostering innovation, and driving economic growth. This theme reflects Istanbul's unique position as a city that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, symbolizing the bridging of diverse cultures and business practices.

"Bridging Continents, Celebrating Excellence" embodies the essence of global collaboration and the pursuit outstanding achievement in the business world. This theme celebrates the power of cross-continental partnerships that foster economic development and cultural exchange, highlighting the role of visionary leaders who bridge gaps between markets and cultures. By bringing together top executives from around the world, the 7th Burj CEO Awards aim to recognize and honor those who have not only achieved excellence in their respective fields but have also contributed to the global dialogue and collaboration that underpin modern business success.

Moreover, this theme underscores the importance of inclusivity and diversity in leadership. In an era where technological advancements and digital connectivity are reshaping industries, the ability to inspire and achieve excellence hinges on embracing varied perspectives and innovative ideas from across the globe.

The 7th Burj CEO Awards, spanning 5 days and 4 nights, showcases the pinnacle of global leadership excellence and innovation.

And The BURJ CEO Awardees and Business Delegations converge from different corners of the globe to attend the prestigious Red Carpet Award Ceremony every year. This grand event attracts an impressive turnout of 500 participants, including distinguished personalities from key nations such as the United States, China, the United Kingdom, India, UAE, and Canada, as well as other parts of Europe, Asia, GCC, and Africa.

Among the many other outstanding awardees, the following exemplary individuals and organzations were awarded the first-ever Burj CEO Award in 2016 by H.H. Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum

  • Dr. Reem Osman, CEO of Saudi-German Hospital- CEO of the Year (Women)
  • Mr. Herbert Zierl, MD of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise- Best Global Smart Cities Solution Provider
  • HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group CEO & Chairman of DP World- The Burj CEO of the Year
  • Sir Steven Saxton Chairman & CEO of Hollywood Studios Holdings- Best Hollywood Producer

In 2017, the 2nd Burj CEO Awards was held at The Dorchester in London,United Kingdom. H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia was present during the event. H.H. Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum was also there to grant the Burj CEO Award to the following:

  • Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group- British Entrepreneur of the Century
  • Viscount Waverly, Member of House of Lords- British Business Ambassador
  • H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of Namibia- The Visionary African Leadership
  • Mr. Konstantinos Konstantinopoulos, CEO of Coffee Island- Fastest Growing Company
  • Mr. Colm Mcloughlin, Executive Chairman & CEO of Dubai Duty Free-Burj CEO of the Year
  • Mr. Atif Rahman, Director & Partner of Danube Properties- Real Estate CEO of the Year
  • Mr. Mohammed Abdulla Shael Al Saadi, CEO of Business Development & Strategy Sector – The Smart Government Department
  • Mr. Mohamad Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Port - The Best Port of the Year

In 2018, the 3rd Edition of Burj CEO Awards was held at Hilton Hotel Shenzhen, China. The awards were handed out by H.H. Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum to the following:

  • Hanmac- Luxury Brand of the Year
  • Huawei – Excellent Contribution for Global Business
  • Guangzhou Renault Biotechnology Co. Ltd.- Most Innovative Company of the Year
  • Xianglong Pilot (Beijing) Aviation Technologies Co. Ltd- Best Civil Aviation Service

In 2019, the 4th edition of Burj CEO Awards took place at Sugar Beach Resort in Mauritius and H.E. Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory Interim President of Mauritius handed the awards to the following:

  • H.E. Saud Al Mazrouei, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone- (SAIF) –Best Global Free Zone
  • Mr. James Michael Lafferty, CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding- Middle East CEO of the Year
  • Mr. Les Male, CEO of Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange- Global Exchange of the Year
  • Mr. Massimo Falcioni, CEO of Etihad Credit Insurance- Best CEO for Export Credit Agency in Middle East & Africa

The 5th edition of Burj CEO Awards was held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel during the Expo 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2022 and gave recognition to the best pavilions, individuals and organizations from around the world:

  • UAE Pavilion- Best Dubai Expo Design Pavilion
  • Suriname Pavilion- Best Small Creative Dubai Expo Pavilion
  • Saudi Arabia & Germany Pavilion- Best Attended Pavilion
  • Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman of Danube Group- CEO of the Year
  • Cars24- Best Customer Service Organization
  • Mr. Serge Conesa, Founder & CEO of Immersion4- Most Innovative Company

The 6th edition of the Burj CEO Awards: This dazzling event took place aboard a luxurious Mediterranean cruise, sailing from Greece to Turkey. This prestigious occasion acknowledged remarkable individuals and organizations across a diverse array of over 50 categories.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. William Wraith III, Chairman & CEO, The Wraith Group, Inc.
  • Best Global Duty Free: Dubai Duty Free
  • Burj CSR Award: Salam Hamzeh Ghaith, President & Founder, SmallWorld Foundation
  • Outstanding CEO of the Year: Dr. Aftab Hasan, Chairman of Risk Exchange (DIFC) Limited
  • Women in Business Award: Senem Anataca, 180UTC

Roll out the red carpet and get ready to shine the spotlight - it's time to celebrate the movers, shakers, and game-changers of the business world! the 7th BURJ CEO Awards are here to honor the industry's finest innovators, disruptors, and achievers.

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