INSEAD celebrates outstanding women

Updated 18 June 2018
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INSEAD celebrates outstanding women

INSEAD, a leading business school, has unveiled 50 big ideas from 50 of its female academics through its “50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas” key initiative. These ideas, from the school’s female faculty and doctoral alumnae, celebrate 50 years of INSEAD women leading academic excellence.
The initiative was launched in honor of the school’s year-long celebration of iW50, a campaign to mark the 50th anniversary of the first female graduates from the INSEAD MBA program. For each year of action and progress toward gender diversity, 50 female academics from INSEAD share their big idea, which encapsulates the essence of their thought-leading research.
Laurence Capron, dean of faculty at INSEAD and professor of strategy, said: “These 50 women reflect the heart and soul of INSEAD’s academic environment: Diversity in research and teaching methods, with no single school of thought predominant. They focus on what matters most, which is rigour and impact on management as a practice and a discipline. We are proud to celebrate their achievements and thought leadership.”
Some of the big ideas from INSEAD female faculty members include:
l Annet Aris (Strategy): In a digitizing world, boards will have to focus significantly more on understanding customers and delivering superior value.
Linda Brimm (Organizational Behavior): Global cosmopolitans experience a complex array of challenges and opportunities when living and working in multiple countries.
Laurence Capron (Strategy): Firms that diversify their growth strategies last longer than those using M&A (mergers and acquisition) alone.
Lily Fang (Finance): Women should learn from men and tap into their social networks.
Maria Guadalupe (Economics and Political Science): Anti-takeover provisions reduce firm value and do not give managers additional bargaining power to obtain a higher price in the takeover negotiation.
Zoe Kinias (Organizational Behavior): Self-affirmation, achieved by reflecting on personal values, can eliminate gender gaps in business students’ performance.
Xiaowei Rose Luo (Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise): Widely held cultural views shape security analysts’ assessment of family firms.
Renee Mauborgne (Strategy): Lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans” — untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.


Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018
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Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Emirates NBD, a banking group in the Middle East, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom with the opening of its first branch in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. Emirates NBD now covers three key regions in Saudi Arabia with a presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar. 

As Saudi Arabia progresses plans for economic reform, in line with its Vision 2030, Emirates NBD’s presence builds on the growing economic and trade ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Following the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recently announced The Strategy of Resolve, a joint vision for economic development through 44 joint strategic projects within a five-year time frame. 

UAE-based Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank with a significant branch network across the Kingdom. The bank offers retail, private, business and wholesale banking across its network of three full-fledged branches in the Kingdom, in addition to corporate finance advisory, project and syndicated finance through Emirates NBD Capital KSA, the bank’s investment banking arm.

Emirates NBD also operates in Egypt, India, Singapore, and the UK with representative offices in China and Indonesia. 

“Our presence in Saudi is integral to Emirates NBD’s growth strategy as we continue to explore opportunities in the GCC region’s largest and most dynamic economy,” said Hesham Abdulla Al-Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD. 

“Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a landmark economic transformation and we look forward to continuing to support Saudi individuals and businesses looking for a trusted banking partner.” 

Emirates NBD recently renewed its partnership with the Kingdom’s Kafalah Program, which aims to promote financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the country.

Loai Abduljawad, CEO of Emirates NBD KSA, said: “Emirates NBD’s expanded network strengthens our offering to individuals and corporates in Saudi Arabia looking to invest and trade across the MENA region and beyond. Our superior value proposition, built on the bank’s unique ‘high tech + high touch’ philosophy of offering customers a modern banking experience complemented by personalized advisory services, will enable us to strengthen customer acquisition in the Kingdom as we continue to support the country’s long-term growth and development goals, as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.” 

Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the region. As of June 30, 2018, its total assets were 477.5 billion dirhams, ($130 billion). The group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 percent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the “Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year” at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.