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Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals aim to increase the number of women in the workforce to 30 per cent. All areas of government have been tasked with delivering the strategy, and plans include many ambitious projects such as the scheme to turn a number of Saudi islands into a luxury…
Monday, 09 October 2017 12:48

Making sense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Women driving, a street party in Riyadh’s main drag Tahlia Street, new forms of taxation and a relentless push towards modernisation and diversification of the economy are leaving external observers of Saudi Arabia as breathless as those trying to make sense of President Trump’s daily flurry of tweets.   The…
In her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg talks about how women are often held back in the workplace. Ms Sandberg’s words come from her experience in the USA, but they are just as applicable in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As the Kingdom works to boost the number of women…
Over recent months I have been honoured to interview leading Saudi women for our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women.  There were so many insights from these inspirational women, I am delighted that Dr Amal Fatani has allowed us to share wider views from her interview than we…
I have been privileged to interview a number of inspirational Saudi female leaders in public, private and non-profit organisations for our new report Roads to the Top for Saudi Women (you can download free from this link). Like these women, I believe Saudi will see a transformation in the workforce…
I am frequently asked this question, is it the end of the road for ex-patriates in the GCC? Given what is being written about ex-patriates and the economies of the GCC at the moment it is an entirely legitimate question – these articles by Simeon Kerr of the FT and…
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:14

Saudi Women Can

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Last weekend a unique conference in Riyadh highlighted the changing role of women in Saudi Arabia and aimed to inspire younger women to push for new opportunities in the Kingdom. The conference, called “Saudi Women Can” was organised by the Alwaleed Philanthropies charity which works to empower women. It aimed…
 I had the pleasure of appearing on the Business Breakfast Show on Dubai Eye discussing the key findings in our report, What Makes An Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive. Presenter Brandy Scott invited me to discuss  what skills will be needed to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 and what impact that would…
For insights on the job market in Saudi Arabia, listen to Brandy Scott interview Metin Mitchell with questions including Where do the decision makers in KSA see the skills gap in the transformation plan (Saudi Vision 2030) being laid out for the future? What kind of job descriptions will be…
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 11:02

Open letter to my Saudi Friends

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For the best part of a quarter of a century I have been travelling to Saudi Arabia on a frequent and regular basis. I have seen the country change and evolve and, like any major economy, go through its ups and downs. During this time I have been privileged to…
Guest blog by Mr Ihsan Bafakih, CEO, MASIC What skills will the new generation of Saudi chief executives need?  This was the question posed to me by Mr Metin Mitchell when he asked for my views on What makes an Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive? (you can download the full report…
Guest blog by Mr Anees Moumina, CEO, SEDCO Holding Group I was interested to be interviewed recently to share my thoughts on What makes an Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive.  This is an important subject because if you look at the different areas and objectives that Saudi Vision 2030 is trying…
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