Calling all engineers: Schneider launches Go Green competition

Updated 19 March 2019

Calling all engineers: Schneider launches Go Green competition

Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation firm, has launched the ninth edition of its Go Green in the City competition. This year’s edition is said to be the “best, biggest, and boldest” to date as it brings together engineering and business students from 180 countries in an effort to highlight their skills and ideas for concepts and methodologies that create innovative energy generation and consumption solutions and promoting green urban environments.

Schneider Electric President in Saudi Arabia and Yemen Najib Al-Naeem said that the annual competition aims to attract the best talents in the long run and encourage them to create unique innovations that enhance sustainability in smart cities while developing the knowledge of students and showcasing their discoveries on a global scale.

Participation in this year’s competition is open until May 25, and its tracks comprise several categories, including sustainability and access to energy in order to pave the road for future grids and networks.

Participating in the competition requires a team of two students with a minimum of one female. Teams will study an innovative idea for an urban energy management solution in the areas of strategic use of technology, energy efficiency in cooling solutions, energy storage and efficiency, integrated urban energy systems, and other unique solutions that promote environmental friendliness.

The competing teams will undergo training, mentoring, and early career counseling, which will highlight young national talents and give them the opportunity to prove their abilities. The competition will provide the winners with an array of sponsorship, networking and travel prospects, as well as job opportunities within Schneider Electric’s various commercial divisions.

The winners will obtain several sponsorship and networking opportunities in addition to job opportunities in various business activities and disciplines. They will also get the chance to win international trips to two cities of their choice (where Schneider Electric has offices).

Go Green in the City began in 2011 with the objective to explore and nurture innovative and promising youth ideas by providing opportunities to meet experts and gain professional advice in order to develop creative ideas.

Last year’s edition witnessed the participation of more than 80,000 students from around the world.

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.