Indonesia steals limelight at AISJ International Day

Visitors try out traditional Indonesian snacks at the country’s booth.
Updated 03 March 2018
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Indonesia steals limelight at AISJ International Day

The Indonesian Consulate General and the International Indonesian School in Jeddah recently participated for the third time in the “International Day 2018” organized by the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ).
A one-day cultural event, which stressed the main core values of “embracing cultural diversity, developing relationships and enriching life,” was held on Feb. 24 at the main soccer field of the school and joined by a number of consulates and communities in Jeddah.
AISJ Superintendent Monti Hallberg said the event was held to give an opportunity to AISJ students and visitors to learn about other countries. Students were assigned to visit and learn the facts displayed on each country’s booth and then had their passports stamped.
“The prize will give an opportunity for all the students to hold the whole world in their hands,” he said.
Hallberg also appreciated the representation of Indonesia, which he said brings a new color each year to the event.
“The Indonesian representation at the International Day each year wins the award for the best educational booth. You have so many interesting facts. And we learn about your country, we learn about your history, we learn about your culture. I am very pleased to have Indonesia’s representation here,” he said
Umar Badarsyah, Indonesian vice consul of information and culture, who received the award on behalf of the Indonesian consul general, expressed appreciation for the opportunity to support the event for the last three years.
“In line with the core values of the event, it is a great chance for Indonesia with its spirit of ‘Unity in Diversity’ to greet visitors of the International Day, especially children, and get them to learn more about how Indonesian people enjoy living together in harmony with one another in spite of their differences in ethnicity, language, religion, art and tradition, yet respecting peaceful co-existence,” said Badarsyah.
A set of canvases painted by the Indonesia school students in colorful batik patterns (an original Indonesian clothing with unique design and pattern), handmade dolls in various costumes and traditional music instruments were a major attraction at the event.
Visitors were also given a chance to experience the process of making batik on the spot.


Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019
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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.