Qaweem gets global support at Moscow conference

The conference brought together prominent representatives of private educational and research institutions, scientists and experts, and religious, public and political figures from Russia and other countries.
Updated 09 April 2019
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Qaweem gets global support at Moscow conference

The Qaweem initiative for fighting ignorance, diseases and unemployment has received support for its efforts to achieve inter-religious peace, at the International Research and Practice Conference in Moscow, Russia.

The conference, titled “Ways to Achieve Inter-Religious Peace: The Role of Theologians, Diplomats and Public Figures,” on March 25 was organized by the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, the Council for Interaction with Religious Associations under the President of Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, the Russian Association for Protection of Religious Freedom, the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization under the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and supported by the Fund for Support of Islamic Culture, Science and Education.

The conference brought together prominent representatives of private educational and research institutions, scientists and experts, and religious, public and political figures from Russia and other countries.

Conference participants called on the Qaweem social and educational program to strengthen and improve the mechanisms of public diplomacy, and to respond to new challenges and threats in a timely manner.

Participants discussed the joint activity of religious and non-governmental organizations aimed at strengthening peace and harmonizing inter-religious and inter-ethnic relations, the historical role of prominent diplomats, as well as ways to counteract extremist ideology.


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.