Dear Members,

The GCC has seen the appointment of several women to boards and CEO positions in the past few months, and we are dedicating this quarter’s newsletter to Gender Diversity on Boards.

In February, in just one week, Sarah Al-Suhaimi became the chair of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, the Tadawul; Rania Nashar became the CEO of Samba Financial Group; and Latifa Al-Sabhan was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Arab National Bank. The GCC BDI congratulates these women on their appointments and we hope to see many more female board members and chief executives in the coming years.
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A record year for women gaining places on GCC boards

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GCC BDI New Membership Options and Benefits

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Voice of a GCC BDI – Interview with Hana Y. AlSyead

The Saudi change-maker offers exclusive insights into regional board diversity challenges

Hana Y. AlSyead is VP – Diversity and Chairwoman Steering Committee, Olayan Women Network (OWN), Olayan Financing Company. She has over 25 years of combined experience in systems engineering, business and banking operations, marketing, international relations and technology solutions development. In this exclusive interview, she reveals her thoughts on female corporate empowerment in the region.


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8 – 9 March 2017, The Arab Regulators Conference – Press Release

The two-day conference was an opportunity for regulators, bankers, and board directors to engage in an open dialogue on how to strengthen the development of corporate governance across the region. The conference was attended by over 160 delegates from 17 different countries from both the regulatory and the private sectors.

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Save the Date


1 November 2017 – Riyadh, KSA

GCC BDI, in collaboration with Morgan Stanley
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GCC BDI Networking Events

Reserve your seat today for our upcoming BDI Alumni dinners in 2017

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Reserve your seat today for our upcoming workshop “Strategy, Scenario Planning and the Role of the Board, London – UK”

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