Spotlight on leadership and cybersecurity in changing times
Metin Mitchell, Managing Partner, and guest contributors
Rumi Contractor recently spoke to Metin Mitchell about cyber security in the boardroom and as a follow up, has written this guest blog on the biggest cyber security risks facing businesses.
Rumi Contractor is President & COO @ Quinnox Inc., a technology-driven services organization for businesses. Here Metin Mitchell interviews the former CIO and Group General Manager for HSBC on the security risks facing corporates and how boards, in particular, should respond.
We have had a busy year helping our clients identify the talent that will be needed to ensure countries and businesses achieve their ambitions in the next decade. What will be different? What will be the challenges? And what are the opportunities for individuals?
We have recently launched our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women, based on interviews with extraordinary Saudi females.
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 for the CFO to develop and change considerably. But how?
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.
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 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 successful global model of excellence, on all fronts, and I will work…to achieve that.”
How can corporates contribute?
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 tourist report.
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.
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.
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 could include in the report.