Intersec 2018 to open in Dubai in January

Intersec 2018 is expected to attract more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries.
Updated 17 October 2017
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Intersec 2018 to open in Dubai in January

Intersec 2018, the 20th anniversary edition of the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, will run from Jan. 21-23 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The event is being seen as a notable milestone for a number of exhibitors that have grown with the exhibition since its inception in 1999.
Pelco by Schneider Electric is one of 13 companies at Intersec 2018 that exhibited at the inaugural edition 20 years ago, and will line up alongside more than 1,300 exhibitors from 58 countries when the three-day event opens early next year.
The American-based provider of security cameras, CCTV, and video surveillance systems had no direct presence in the Middle East until 2003 when it opened an office in Dubai, and has since established itself as one of the region’s major players.
Pradeep Nair, Pelco’s regional sales director for the Middle East and India, said: “Even with direct presence in Dubai, it took us a bit longer to establish our offices in other Middle East cities and Intersec helped as the major platform to meet new and current customers in a single place.”
Much like Pelco, Intersec’s own growth has been immense since its debut show in 1999. Now two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions providers are on board for 2018, including 19 of the top 20.
Nair added: “Pelco will continue to focus on solutions that deliver meaningful innovations ... and functionality that users need for their specific video surveillance needs.
“More specifically, we’ll feature specific solutions for oil and gas and city surveillance applications featuring our leading-edge VideoXpert Enterprise and Professional VMS and ExSite Explosion Proof IP Cameras, which are most relevant for this region.”
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Intersec has grown in size and scope over the past two decades keeping pace with, and reflecting the tremendous transformation in the regional safety and security market.
“It has evolved into a multi-level interactive and inter-connective event that is instrumental in hosting some of the most significant product launches, market forays and new business partnerships in the industry.”
Intersec 2018 is expected to attract more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries.


Bank Al-Bilad leaders benefit from Ashridge program

Updated 19 July 2018
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Bank Al-Bilad leaders benefit from Ashridge program

More than 20 senior leaders from Bank Al-Bilad recently participated in an Ashridge Executive Education Leadership Development Program in Riyadh. With a focus on building 21st century leadership capabilities, this highly experiential and practical learning approach helped leaders communicate their strategic vision, set direction and develop high-performing teams to succeed within the dynamic and fast-moving Saudi banking sector.
With over 20 years of experience in developing regional business leaders, Ashridge delivered a highly customized program, designed not only to address the specific challenges facing the bank’s leaders today, but also to unlock emerging opportunities in the future.
Haitham Al-Medainy, general manager of Bank Al-Bilad, said: “Banking executives must constantly evolve their strategic platforms to keep pace with emerging challenges. In our sector, change is constant — from changing regulations to economic movements — and our leaders need to be prepared to tackle these issues with a focus on organizational leadership. The Ashridge program combined leadership development with strategic thinking and gave them hands-on development in solving their daily business challenges.”
The program was led by Ashridge’s international faculty team of Colin Williams and Tony MacRae. “This was an exciting collaborative partnership with Bank Al-Bilad, and a great opportunity to engage with and develop the bank’s leaders around their essential leadership and strategic capabilities necessary to successfully compete in today’s complex and challenging marketplace,” they said in a statement.
Established in 1959, Ashridge is a leading business school for working professionals with an international reputation for leadership development. It is among the 1 percent of business schools globally accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB; these are the highly regarded benchmarks of quality and standards in business education worldwide.
Each year it works with over 6,000 managers from 850 organizations in 60 countries by helping them to develop their leadership capabilities.
Regionally, Ashridge has over 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, designing and delivering senior leadership assessment and development projects.