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Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:29

Inspiring Saudi women into leadership roles

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We have recently launched our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women, based on interviews with extraordinary Saudi females. Here Dr Taghreed Al-Saraj has allowed us to share her fuller interview. A best-selling author, international educational consultant, women leadership coach and international public speaker, her most recent role is…
Sunday, 19 November 2017 10:02

Re-shaping CFOs for the age of automation

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Could chief financial officers (CFOs) become redundant? That was the question I posed at the CFO Strategies Forum in Dubai last week. And the answer? Well, no-one believes CFOs will be redundant – not yet. But everyone recognises the impact of artificial intelligence on the accounting function and the need…
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:02

Could CFOs become redundant?

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I am delighted to be speaking at the CFO Strategies Forum in Dubai, on 15/16 November along with 150 invited CEOs, CFOs (chief financial officers) and C-suite executives. With me to create a lively debate will be an august panel of Dr Bernd van Linder, CEO, Commercial Bank of Dubai;…
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:32

Creating a male support network for Saudi women

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How important are men to the success of women in Saudi? When I interviewed a number of leading women for our report, Roads to the top for Saudi Women, they all talked in different ways about how their male family members had played an important role in their successes. Saudi…
Saudi Vision 2030 commits the Kingdom to increase the number of women in the workforce to 30 per cent.  The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is clear on his goals, saying, “My first objective is for our country to be a pioneering and…
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…
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:46

Women are Saudi’s secret weapon

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Metin Mitchell interview with Dubai Eye on Roads to the Top for Saudi Women Metin Mitchell was interviewed by Dubai Eye radio last month, about the role of women for the future of the Gulf region. It was based on Metin Mitchell & Co’s report ‘Roads to the top for…
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…
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