Top regional business leaders to headline mentorship forum

Rana Salhab, regional talent and communications partner, Deloitte Middle East, left, and Khalid Al-Rumaihi, CEO of Mumtalakat.
Updated 23 October 2019

Top regional business leaders to headline mentorship forum

Top regional business leaders are set to speak and take part in the upcoming “Mentorship Forum Middle East — Harnessing the Power of Mentorship,” taking place in strategic partnership with Tamkeen in Bahrain on Nov. 25. 

The forum will showcase the important role that mentorship can play in accelerating human capital development and in the realization of the development goals of the GCC economies and companies across all sectors. 

Kicking off the event will be an address from Khalid Al-Rumaihi, CEO of Mumtalakat, and a keynote address on mentorship by Rana Salhab, regional talent and communications partner, Deloitte Middle East. 

The event will feature a strong roster of C-suite leaders, which thus far include CEOs of the National Bank of Bahrain, the forum’s lead partner, Aluminium Bahrain, Gulf International Bank, Osool Asset Management, SICO, Tasnee, APM Terminals and EMIC Training as well as other senior leaders from the World Bank, JP Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank, Invesco and Gulf Air, among others. 

Forum Partner Reach will also have senior representatives and its program mentors and mentees taking part and sharing experiences. Reach is the first nonprofit mentoring program dedicated to helping young female professionals in the Middle East. The organization, which operates out of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), with programs in Bahrain and Lebanon, was established with the support of world-class corporates including: Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, Deloitte, Dentons, Cisco and others. 

Zahraa Taher, managing director of FinMark Communications, organizers of the forum, said: “We are delighted to announce the strong backing and participation of some of the GCC’s most dynamic business leaders for the Mentorship Forum Middle East. The interest, support and time being dedicated by this important group of CEOs and other business leaders goes a long way toward showing how critical talent development is to their strategies for growth and the greater recognition on their part of the role mentorship can play in accelerating human capital development.”


Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

An international team of KAUST researchers studied whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for ‘Rope Reef’), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea on the Saudi Arabian coast.
Updated 18 November 2019

Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are considered endangered, which means the species has suffered a population decline of more than 50 percent in the past three generations. The whale shark is only two classifications from being extinct. Improvements and conservation efforts are in place, but there is still a long way to
go to protect these gentle underwater giants.
An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency using a combination of three scientific techniques: Visual census, acoustic monitoring and satellite telemetry.
Their six-year study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, tracked long-term whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for “Rope Reef”), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea. The team monitored a total of 84 different sharks over a six-year period, and their results shed light on whale shark behaviors,
which could help to inform conservation efforts.
“The study takes years of passive acoustic monitoring data and combines it with previously published visual census and satellite telemetry data from the same individual sharks. The combined dataset is used to characterize the aggregation’s seasonality, spatial distribution, and patterns of dispersal,” said Dr. Michael Berumen, director of the Red Sea Research Center and professor of marine science at KAUST.

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An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency.

They found the aggregation to be highly seasonal, with sharks being most abundant in April and May, and that many of the sharks returned to the hot spot regularly year after year. The study also shows roughly equal numbers of male and female sharks using the site, something that could be unique to Shib Habil. These characteristics indicate that this site may serve an important function for the wider Indian Ocean population of this rare and endangered species.
“Using the combined dataset, we can show somewhat conclusively that the aggregation meets all of the criteria of a shark nursery. This is particularly relevant given that Shib Habil is the only site in the Indian Ocean to regularly attract large numbers of juvenile females. Growing late-stage adolescents of both sexes into full adulthood is critical for sustaining a species. Management of critical habitats like Shib Habil and other aggregations will likely be vital for future whale shark conservation,” said KAUST graduate Dr. Jesse Cochran, lead author of the study.
There is a combination of factors contributing to the decrease of whale shark populations world-wide, including targeted fishing, bycatch losses due to fisheries, vessel strikes from boat traffic, marine debris, and pollution.