Welcome to our latest quarterly newsletter.
As I write, we are already in the lead up to our annual flagship event, the 2019 7th GCC BDI Chairman Summit.
The event, titled ‘Corporate Governance – Beyond Shareholder Value’, will take place on 20 November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
This year we will take a deep dive into how to create value in organisations. The summit will explore the drivers of long-term value creation and how they can be embedded in your organisational strategy.
As ever, we have an exciting line up of speakers and panelists including Conor Kehoe, Senior Partner Emeritus and Special Adviser, McKinsey & Co; Andrew Steel, MD, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Fitch Ratings; Charles Tilley, CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council, Daniel Hanna, Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered Bank; and Katherina Garrett-Cox, CEO, Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited and board member of Deutsche Bank.
To find out more about the Chairman Summit, click here.
This month, we’ve got three great GCC BDI editorials for you:
Find an insightful column from Mohammed Subaie, GCC BDI Ambassador Saudi Arabia, on the role of corporate governance, frameworks & policies and guidelines with respect to high performance boards.
Read what Mohammad Moumena, Managing Partner of Saudi Arabia’s Edward W Kelley & Partners, has to say on managing corporate governance amid disruptive forces.
Also see an exclusive article from Ahmed Ulmar, Governor of GCC BDI.
GCC BDI TEAM IN ACTION
Michael Morcos, GCC BDI Governor, will be a keynote speaker at the ‘Board of Directors: Leadership, Culture & Governance’ event on 6 November 2019 in Dubai. In the seminar, titled ‘Boardrooms in the Digital Age: It’s About Doing Better, Not More’, Michael will discuss how to draft a checklist to identify common problem areas using technology. Do join us for this event!
And I, personally, was a guest speaker at the Arab International Women’s Forum in Cairo, Egypt on 17 September 2019. The conference explored the concept of women as engines of economic growth and aimed to empower regional women to reach for the fulfillment of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Please find the conference report here.
GCC BDI PARTNERS WITH THE SAUDI INVESTMENT BANK
We are delighted to welcome The Saudi Investment Bank (SAIB) as a new GCC BDI Corporate Affiliate. The one-year partnership agreement has been signed with GCC BDI to support the promotion of corporate governance and board effectiveness in the Gulf region. Link to press release
MOU – COLLABORATION WITH CMA KUWAIT
In August, we were pleased to sign an MOU between the CMA Kuwait and GCC BDI to enhance mutual cooperation and promote corporate governance standards in listed public joint stock companies in Kuwait.
WATCH OUR NEW VIDEO
In a time of disruptive forces for business, good governance is more important than ever. Watch our short new video here and find about the many ways that the GCC BDI can support your business.
ENJOY THE FEATURED ARTICLES IN THIS NEWSLETTER
As always, we try to provide you with new insights and views from our partners. I hope you enjoy these articles:
Nasdaq offers its view on why rapid developments in technology, demographics, society and the environment are leading directors to rethink strategic plans and objectives.
What steps can your business take to be future-ready?
Mamoon Sbeih discusses the drivers of corporate reputation.
Do join us for some of our upcoming events:
7 October 2019: Networking Dinner at ITHRA, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran
GCC BDI members stay connected through various networking events organised throughout the year.
Reserve your seat today for our upcoming Members’ Networking Dinner in Dhahran, Saudi Aramco at King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture – ITHRA.
At the event, our guest speaker Mamoon Sbeih, President Middle East and North Africa, APCO Worldwide, will give an exclusive talk on managing corporate reputation.
8-9 October 2019: Foundations of Directorship, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
5-6 November 2019: The Effective Director, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
11-12 December 2019: Future Trends and Strategy, Manama, Bahrain
Click to view our full calendar of 2020 events.
I am delighted to report that both our new Certification Programmes – “Certificate in Board Directorship” and “Certified Board Secretary” – are proving to be very popular and we will have our first Certified Board Directors and Certified Board Secretaries passing out next year. If you would like more information on either of these programmes.
And last but by no means least, I am delighted that we are running 2 workshops especially for women directors in Bahrain with the support of the National Bank of Bahrain, EMIC and Tamkeen. More on this here if you are interested and more in our next newsletter!
I wish you an enjoyable and interesting read through our latest newsletter!
With all my very best wishes,