Welcome to the annual CIO50 list where CIO New Zealand recognises the top 50 senior technology executives who are driving innovation and influencing rapid change across their organisations.

This is the first year we are holding CIO50 in New Zealand. The research is held in conjunction with CIO50 in Australia. Together, the executives in these lists will comprise the first batch of CIO100 ANZ leaders.

We’ve simplified the process of nominating this year by reducing the number of questions nominees and their nominators are required to answer. This year’s CIO50 will be judged based on the responses provided by entrants under two core pillars: 

Business Innovation and Leadership.

We understand that not every tech chief is engaged in delivering a transformational program all the time. This is why we are asking entrants to describe real innovations – from a small project or programme to a large initiative - that have had a positive impact on their businesses.

We wish nominees the very best of luck, whether you are nominating for the first time or you are coming back again this year.

Steps and procedures

So, let’s get started. To self-nominate or nominate on behalf of someone else, please download the  word document questionnaire  and return it to

Nominations are open from Monday, 24 September and will close on Monday, 17 December, 2018.

All nominations will be reviewed by our CIO50 judging panel (see the ‘Judges’ section for bios and backgrounds), who will rate each section of the questionnaire to determine the final list.

These responses will also form the basis of written profiles of our 50 technology chiefs, which will be revealed at a breakfast forum on March 27 in Auckland and also on March 28, 2019, in Wellington.

The profiles will be written by an editorial team led by CIO New Zealand Divina Paredes.

Second Category: ICT-enabled community project

In 2019, CIO New Zealand will once again honour and recognise the leading organisation that has developed a technology-enabled initiative that helped address a community or social issue. The awards will be presented at a breakfast forum on March 27 (Auckland) and also on March 28 (Wellington), when we will present the results of the 2019 survey.

If you wish to nominate your organisation for this category, please complete the questionnaire here, and send a high resolution photograph of the nominee along with your entry to  This is a separate category and recognises an organisation that harnesses business technologies to help address social or community issues. It will detail the impact of the programme in addressing the issue and the metrics used to determine its success over the past 12 months.

Click here to read about the 2018 winner and finalists.