Deutsche Bank launches Ladies Finance Forum in Riyadh

From left, Peter Hinder, head of wealth management Europe, Middle East and Africa; Haifa Al-Obaid, director, senior client adviser at Deutsche Securities Saudi Arabia, and Jamal Al-Kishi, chief executive officer Middle East and Africa.
Updated 11 October 2017
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Deutsche Bank launches Ladies Finance Forum in Riyadh

Deutsche Bank has announced the establishment of a new and exclusive forum for women in Saudi Arabia to address key themes in investment and financial markets. The Ladies Finance Forum will meet on a regular basis and will include experienced speakers from Deutsche Bank and affiliated entities to discuss topics including wealth planning and protection, technology and associated macro trends, alternative and renewable energy, investment asset classes, and trends in investment in contemporary art.
The first gathering of the forum took place on Sept. 17, at the Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh and saw great interest from senior Saudi female executives from a range of industries and commercial backgrounds.
Senior executives from Deutsche Bank including Peter Hinder, head of wealth management Europe Middle East and Africa, and Jamal Al-Kishi, chief executive officer Middle East and Africa, were also in attendance.
Deutsche Bank will host the next Ladies Finance Forum in London as part of its Frieze Art Fair program. The next event in Riyadh, scheduled for later this year, will focus on the theme of digitalization.
The Ladies Finance Forum was a concept developed by Haifa Al-Obaid, director, senior client adviser at Deutsche Securities Saudi Arabia, based in Riyadh.
Al-Obaid said: “The forum is one of a kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We saw great enthusiasm from the ladies in attendance and we are thrilled with the feedback we have received from the forum’s participants.”
Al-Kishi, Deutsche Bank’s CEO in the Middle East and Africa, said: “Deutsche Bank is deeply committed to supporting Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan and Vision 2030. As the empowerment of women in the Kingdom is a key pillar of this plan, we are committed to supporting this endeavor through the creation of this unique forum, at the same time providing our valued clients access to senior Deutsche Bank thought-leaders from around the globe.”
The inaugural forum saw a welcome address from Al-Kishi and Hinder. Mohammed Hawa, Deutsche Bank’s head of equities in Saudi Arabia, spoke on Saudi Arabia’s macroeconomic outlook and opportunities in the Kingdom’s equity markets.


Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 23 April 2019
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Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) that focuses on developing a robust student-exchange program by facilitating training opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The agreement was signed by Ramsey Morad, Allergan’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, and Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the university. The MoU is in line with the Kingdom’s overall efforts to drive more cooperation levels between the public and private sectors, with the underlying objective to integrate Saudi nationals into various fields within the health-care sector.

Under the agreement, Allergan will provide training courses on an annual basis for students at the College of Pharmacy as well as programs to develop their scientific and medical knowledge and align them to international industry best practices. Students will be assessed according to set parameters, and the top performers will earn an internship opportunity with the company

In addition, Allergan will run courses for faculty members at the College of Pharmacy with a focus on leadership skills.

Morad said: “We have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Kingdom and toward the realization of Vision 2030. We are placing a very high emphasis on developing the local capabilities of Saudi nationals within the health-care sector, and this partnership with a leading university in the region is one of the steps we are taking. Saudi Arabia is at the heart of our operations in the region, and this MoU represents a key milestone in our efforts to attract the young minds of tomorrow and integrate them as core members of our Allergan team.” 

Al-Shamsan said: “We are proud to partner with Allergan to implement internationally recognized knowledge-based programs for the development of our students. With this MoU, we are focusing on the enhancement and development of the pharmaceutical sector across the Kingdom. We are guided by the mission to provide students experiences to learn from international best practices and, at the same time, work toward the improvement of the quality of the pharmaceutical sector in the Kingdom.”

Allergan said it is committed to a wide range of programs with health-care professionals, patients and national entities across the Kingdom. The company’s investments through its joint venture, Allergan Saudi Arabia, include the development of medical training centers focused on training health-care professionals in medical aesthetics.