SEDCO Holding CEO talks ethical investments at WGES

CEO of SEDCO Holding Group Hasan Al-Jabri participates in a plenary session.
Updated 05 November 2019

SEDCO Holding CEO talks ethical investments at WGES

Underlining the growing importance of upholding responsible investment and finance principles to drive sustainable economic growth, Hasan Al-Jabri, CEO of SEDCO Holding Group, highlighted the company’s Prudent Ethical Investing (PEI) strategy at the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2019 held in Dubai. Al-Jabri was speaking at a plenary session titled, “Green Finance and Investments,” at the summit, which took place under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of UAE and the ruler of Dubai.
The summit, which saw the attendance of over 3,000 delegates, included high-profile speakers such as François Hollande, former president of France, and Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations.
Featuring an impressive lineup of industry leaders and experts, the plenary session explored lucrative opportunities presented by green finance and how businesses can tap into this promising market by adopting sustainable practices. The speakers also shed light on various factors that hinder the growth and wider adoption of green financing and put forward recommendations to overcome these challenges.
Al-Jabri stressed the significance of ethical and socially conscious investing to help realize sustainable environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. SEDCO Holding’s PEI-based portfolios combine the principles of responsible and Shariah-compliant finance, bringing together the many benefits of both approaches. The strategy has been proven tremendously successful in ensuring enhanced long-term risk-adjusted returns to support the performance of businesses and promote greater sustainability.
“Ethical investing not only brings economic benefits, but also significantly contributes to environment-friendly initiatives and business operations thereby driving the expansion of the green economy. Major events like the World Green Economy Summit are offering us a strategic platform to spotlight the increasing importance of adopting responsible finance and banking principles and sustainable practices across businesses. They also provide us an excellent opportunity to address various challenges facing green investing, including a lack of awareness of its unmatched benefits,” said Al-Jabri.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.