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Who we are

Since 2009, CEO Today has worked with business leaders around the world—from FTSE100 to NASDAQ listed companies to private businesses—to help them build better futures. Grow their business. Elevate their success. To succeed. All while caring for our communities.

With a workforce made up of great minds, true passion, and commitment we continue to shape the future by delivering real stories, breaking news, reports, and business insight. We deliver when it matters.

Delivering to 146 countries and territories
Across 6 Continents
Serving over 80% of Fortune 500 companies

What we do

Creating the right impact and result.
At CEO Today, we deliver real time business insight for over 1M+ people around the globe. Features. Reports. News. Interviews. Awards and Recognition. Online, on your mobile and in your hand, CEO delivers on all fronts. Working with established brands and market leaders, start- ups, entrepreneurs, governments, non-profits, across 6 continents.

Purpose and Values

At CEO Today, our purpose is to make an impact that matters. It leads us to focus on accelerating equity, sustainability, and true purpose through all that we do. Our purpose is to drive change in business and culture providing knowledge, information, connections, and inspiration.

Market leader
CEO Today aspires to be the market leader in providing business insight for global leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners and executives. Committed to creating opportunity and diversity, equality and empathy and building a more sustainable world.

Driving Integrity
CEO Today builds and creates trust, understanding, clarity and parity in all that we do. We are ethical, sustainable and maintain these core values which is at the heart of all we do.

Our People

CEO Today is a global brand. Success has been built by the those that have come before and those who walk in their footsteps. We care. We believe in equal rights. We do not exclude. We are inclusive. We love our people and the people who we work with. Respect, fairness, kindness, and well-being are our core people values.


Since 2009 Universal Media has created a series of leading online magazines and publications. Corporate governance is at the heart of what we do and is crucial part of our DNA in controlling and directing the company. Transparency, accountability, ethical conduct are our building blocks and are essential in building trust with our clients, those who choose to work with us, stakeholders, investors and are critical to sustaining our long-term success.


CEO Today has pledged to create an environment where the client comes first. We want our clients and their business to grow and thrive and as ours does. To be recognized for our accomplishments in making an impact that matters for our clients.


Now in its 10th year the CEO Middle East Awards promotes and recognises excellence in business leadership for CEOs, C-suite, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, thought leaders, disruptors and those that have created and inspired.

The awards program puts the spotlight on well managed companies that are generating strong returns, as well as growing their businesses through investment in technology, a customer centric approach, sustainability, innovation, and inspiring others.

The awards recognise and honour business talent following a detailed qualification and judging process. This took into consideration the complete performance of the business, looking beyond the finances at criteria such as operational excellence, strategy, and human resource processes.

Previous winners have included, Diriyah Company, Ahlibank, Gulftainer, Accor Hotels, Vodafone Turkey, EFG Hermes, Arcapita, Banque Saudi Fransi, Saudi Aramco, Etisalat Group, Emirates NBD, Kuwait Finance House and ACWA Power.

CEO Today Middle East Awards 2023 were proud and honoured to work with and to feature a world exclusive interview with the great Jerry Inzerillo – Group CEO of Diriyah Company the organization responsible for the $63.2 billion project that is transforming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ancient capital into a world-class culture and tourism destination. Jerry featured on the front-page cover of the 2023 edition and undertook a 4-page interview in our exclusive by invitation only CEO Middle East Awards – winners edition for 2023.

You can view the full 2023 list here

Key dates for the 2024 Publication

August 1 2023 – Applications Open
November 22 2023– Applications Close
November 27 2023 – Shortlist Finalised
November 28 2023– Winners Notified
January 10, 2024 – Winners Announced

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for recognition in the 2024 CEO Today Middle East awards, companies must:
Be in business for at least two years
Be headquartered in Middle East
Have fiscal year 2022 operating revenues of at least US$250,000
Have a growth rate of at least 75% (growth rate is computed as [(FY2022 revenue – FY2020 revenue)/FY2020 revenue] x 100)
The CEO Today Middle East Awards program may in its sole discretion remove any application from consideration for any reason.

Winner benefits

What would winning mean for you and or your company? Being recognized as a CEO Today Middle East Award winner has many potential benefits, including:

Benchmark of success

Enhanced brand and customer recognition within the Middle East Awards Edition for 2024
Increased visibility with investors
Positive influence on employee recruiting, retention, and morale
Local, national, global, and social media exposure
Valued networking opportunities at awards celebration events

Frequently asked questions

Who should apply?

Private companies, as well as public companies traded via over-the-counter exchanges. Public companies listed on the stock exchanges across the Middle East are encouraged to complete the application form (on-line vote) or confirm their inclusion in the research/application process with the Middle East Awards Manager and Global Coordinator Ms. Georgina Cook. Georgina.cook@ceotodaymagazine.com or Georgina.cook@ceotodaymagazine.co

Is there an application fee?

There’s no fee to apply.

What determines my company’s eligibility?

The ranking is compiled from applications submitted directly to the Middle East website and researched by Universal Media / CEO Today Magazine using public company database.

What happens if I win?

You will be notified by email initially and then a phone call.

You will be given the opportunity to join the exclusive CEO Today Middle East Awards – Winners’ edition for 2024.

What is the exclusive CEO Today Middle East Awards – Winners’ edition for 2024?

A hard copy and digital magazine edition featuring the winners and their respective firms.
Choose from submitting a biography, individual and or firm or take part in an editorial Q&A interview.

Can I include my photo or photos in the Awards edition?

Yes, these are included in all the profile options (biography and or Q&A interview)

Can I be on the front cover of the awards edition similar to Jerry Inzerillo – Group CEO of Diriyah Company?

There is only space for one person and firm to feature on the front cover. You should register your interest with the awards team.

Will I receive a physical award?

Absolutely, we will be in touch regrading your trophy and certificate.

Who will see the CEO Today Middle East Awards – Winners’ edition for 2024?

Over 1M+ people worldwide. The edition is printed in hard copy and produced as a digital magazine. The edition is distributed and hosted online at www.ceotodaymagazine.com and will be marketed across all major social media platforms.

Can I enter someone who is not a CEO or enter as a non-CEO?

Yes, the awards recognise excellence in business leadership for CEOs, C-suite, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, thought leaders, disruptors and those that have created and inspired.

Winning a CEO Today Award can help companies and individuals in many different ways. No matter how it adds value to you, the benefits will continue long after you’ve received the award, just ask our previous winners’.