Principal Analyst, IT Services, Middle East & Africa

As a principal analyst, Hamza Naqshbandi oversees the entire spectrum of IDC’s syndicated research, custom consulting, and advisory services in hardware, enterprise software, IT and cloud services, and telecommunications services in Saudi Arabia. Previously, he spearheaded IDC's IT Services research, advisory, and consulting practice in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region. In this role he was responsible for the leadership and general management of IDC's IT Services program; he led a team of regional research analysts and managed the delivery of custom and syndicated research activities.
He is based out of IDC's Riyadh office and is a regular keynote presenter at ICT forums, events, and roadshows. He has led numerous executive workshops and roundtable discussions, and is widely quoted in the local, regional, and global media as a thought leader for emerging technologies in the region.
He has more than 14 years of experience across sectors including information technology, oil and gas, investment research, and financial services. Prior to rejoining IDC, he was the CTO for a leading Saudi IT services company. He has also served as a leading figure in a large conglomerate in the Saudi energy sector, where he oversaw various business development, market research, and marketing functions.