The Smart Investor takes part in 20 activities in Global Money Week 2014

Updated 20 May 2014

The Smart Investor takes part in 20 activities in Global Money Week 2014

The Capital Market Authority’s (CMA’s) financial literacy program for children — The Smart Investor — participated in the Global Money Week 2014 activities held between March 10 and 17. The CMA’s participation was in collaboration with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), the program’s official sponsor.
The event is organized by Child and Youth Finance International on the second week of March each year and aims at empowering the next generation to be confident, responsible and skilled economic citizens. The event is held in over 80 countries worldwide with participating organizations and communities.
During the week, The Smart Investor participated for five days in the Riyadh International Book Fair. Cartoon characters from The Smart Investor toured the book fair floor and educated children and parents visiting the magazine’s stand at the book fair. The book fair also marked the distribution of the new English edition of The Smart Investor magazine.
Over 4,650 visitors thronged the magazine’s stand at the book fair, the majority of which were children and their accompanying parents.
The Smart Investor also visited two international schools in Riyadh where lectures and plays were presented in English language for the first time. Organizers of the program also visited 20 schools in Riyadh and Qunfudah Province.
Also during the week, organizers of The Smart Investor financial program held two courses for 31 female college students at King Saud University to prepare them to become The Smart Investor ambassadors. These students later independently conduct The Smart Investor lectures and courses to a wider segment of youth and children.
In addition, CMA received 18 students from The Hope Institute for the Deaf at the CMA central building in Riyadh. Organizers of The Smart Investor presented the financial lecture with seven steps in sign language to the students.
The Smart Investor also organized a visit by 15 students from Dar Alqalm School to a local bank. Students were briefed with the various functions of the bank and went over the process of opening an account as well as their eligibility for benefits and obligations. Additionally, Global Money Week 2014 witnessed the launching of the second episode of The Smart Investor cartoon, which introduces currency notes and explains the differences between each type.
Throughout the Global Money Week 2014, CMA launched a digital campaign with a leading financial and economic information portal in Saudi Arabia and the region. The campaign aimed at promoting CMA’s activities in Global Money Week and grabs the public attention to this international event and to spread it out widely.

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.