Ken Ogwang, EABL’s Head of IT, is the overall 2016 CIO of the Year

East African Breweries’s (EABL) Head of IT Kenneth Ogwang is the winner CIO of the Year award in the 2016 CIO100 Awards & Symposium.

The annual CIO100 Awards ceremony was preceded by a two-day symposium attended by more than 400 senior IT and business executives who congregated to learn, share knowledge and recognize their peers who have performed well.

(TOP: Kenneth Ogwang’ displays his CIO of the Year award).

According to Sam Gicharu, the CEO of Insight Wells – the company that conducted the survey from which winners were drawn – EABL took the winners accolade because of its brilliantly implemented Distributor Management System (DMS), a sales force solution that automates the distributor activities and enables the performance tracking of its entire sales force.

“The DMS solution, a cloud based solution, allows accessibility by the head office and gives master data management, reporting among other functionalities. The DMS also has a back office module used by distributors offering. This system has enhanced synergy across distributors and internal sales staff,” Gicharu told the congregation in Naivasha shortly before the winners were announced.

The East Africa CIO100 Awards began over 6 years ago and evolved through a need to recognise and celebrate creativity, innovation and those pushing the bounds of creative excellence in all forms of emerging technologies.

More than 600 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.

“This year’s CIO100  again brought together  Business Technology CXOs from the East African Region in what was two days of peer learning on the latest industry trends and also provided a platform to recognize the CIOs who have exceled in delivering successful projects within their individual Organisations  this year ,” said CIO East Africa Director Andrew Karanja.

The event was sponsored by among others Microsoft 4Africa, DellEMC, Seacom, Veeam, Isyx, Protec and Intel Security.

Below is the list of winners in the other categories:

  • Plus One Awards:

Public Sector – National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law)

Financial Services – Stima Sacco

Manufacturing Sector – Mabati Rolling Mills

Media and Entertainment – Vision Group (Uganda)

Education Sector – Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT)

Health Services – Gertrude’s Hospital

  • Special Awards:

Green Edge Award – Kenya Revenue Authority (Sponsored by Eaton)

Infrastructure Award – GearBox (Sponsored by Soliton Telmec)

Leadership Award – Erik Hersman (Sponsored by Dimension Data)

Innovative Technology Partner Award- Able Wireless Company (Sponsored by Sophos)


Below is the full list of the recognised CIO100 projects:

East African Breweries Limited

National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law)

Stima Sacco

Kenya Revenue Authority

Apollo Investment Corporation

I&Q Marketing

Pwani Oil Products Ltd

Action Aid

Madison Insurance

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT)

Nakumatt Holdings Ltd

Longhorn Publishers Limited

Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning

Kyambogo University

Gertrude’s Hospital

Greener Pastures Ltd

National Bank of Kenya

Mabati Roling Mills

Maisha Bora Sacco Limited

Ministry of Education and Sports

Integrated Payment Services Ltd.

Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya

National Women’s Council

Cherry Kids Education Centre

Hass Consult

Egerton University

Vision Group

G4S Kenya

National Drought Management Authority

Kenya Institute of Management

County Government  of Uasin Gishu

Kabarak University

M-Money Microfinance

Innovations Poverty Action

Consumer Insight

Chandaria Industries

Lilakey Property Management

Carelect Enterprises

DHL Express

Hamzina Group

Coffee Berry Company Limited

Post Bank

Ministry of Agriculture

New Realite Limited

Flave Media Group

East African Mental Health Organisation

Davis and Shirtliff

Haco Tiger

Hilton Hotel

Njoro Canning Factory

Ethoria Company Limited

Cytonn Real Estate


Uganda Broadcasting Corporation

Kenya Services and Regulatory Board

National Hospital Insurance Fund

Nairobi Hospital

Gearbox Limited

Gemina Insurance Company

Ministry of Environment

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO)

Ennovative Capital Ltd

Ministry of Health

Drop Duka

International Livestock Research Insitutte (ILRI)

Geospatial systems

Jacob Engineering

ABC Bank

Thomas Nationwide Transport Limited

County Government of Kitui

Banton Ventures Limited


Rift Solution Designers

Jay Furniture

Car and General Motors

Design Village group

Research Guide Africa

Ethiopian Electric Power

Inflex Africa Company Limited


Pathologists Lancet East Africa Group of Laboratories

Gravity Marketing Solutions

Sushi Soo Restaurants

Kenya Institute for Public Policy, Research and Analysis

Kenya Urban Roads Authority

Kenya National Highways Authority

Elimu Digital Media LTD

Ministry of Agriculture

County Government of Kiambu


Centre for Youth Empowerment


Rasello Company Limited

Hallmark Communications

Medanta Africare

Rediands Roses

Kenyatta National Hospital

Paddy Microfinance

Mekeala Academies

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