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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…
What skills will Saudi chief executives need over the next 15 years?  And what skills will ensure the Kingdom achieves its Vision 2030?  A leading international executive research firm has interviewed chairmen and chief executives of prestigious Saudi businesses to share their views of leadership skills for the future. Metin…
I’ve worked in executive search for 20 years, recruiting leaders for Middle East organisations of all types. One of the most interesting countries has been Saudi Arabia, where the types of leaders needed have changed as the Kingdom has grown and diversified. Now Saudi is at a critical point in…
Monday, 09 January 2017 15:24

How do leaders ‘make things happen’?

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I have spent the last few months interviewing Saudi leaders to gather views on What makes an Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive? (The report is coming out this Monday).   There were two things that stood out for me in this report. The over-riding theme was that outstanding CEOs need to…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:19

Are Saudi leaders born or made?

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I mentioned in an earlier blog that I have had the privilege of interviewing a number of Saudi chief executives to ask for their views on ‘What makes an outstanding Saudi chief executive?’ One of the questions we discussed was how best to groom the next generation of Saudi leaders.…
I came across a thought-provoking blog on the future of Saudi leadership by Professor William Scott-Jackson, chairman of Oxford Consulting Group last week. In it he argues that Saudi will need 1.9m leaders to achieve Saudi Vision 2030. With a population of around 15m employable Saudis, this will be a…
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