The Diversity Council, an inclusion and diversity accelerator bringing together leading companies in a cross-industry alliance, is expanding into the MENA region. Owned by the Nordic strategic consultancy Above & Beyond Group, the Diversity Council will enter the region in partnership with Mediaquest. Senior representatives of the Above & Beyond Group will be flying in from Denmark for the first HR meeting followed by a press reception at the Diversity Council MENA launch, which will be hosted on July 3 in Dubai. The Danish ambassadors of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE will also be present at the launch with other regional officials and distinguished guests.
Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “With the Saudi Vision 2030 and the UAE Vision 2021 reshaping the economic and business landscape in the region, governments and corporations are tackling ‘diversity in workplace’ with renewed energy. The presence of the Diversity Council MENA is a positive step toward ensuring that our boardrooms and executive suites are places of equal opportunity, and that we have a secure pipeline of high potential future female leaders.”
The Diversity Council was established in 2016 by the Above & Beyond Group in Copenhagen and has a strong presence in the Nordics. The Nordic council is comprised of 16 companies including McKinsey & Co. Denmark, PwC Denmark, Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Microsoft Denmark & Iceland, and the Danish Foreign Ministry, who have committed to the alliance.