APRIL 10 & 11, 2018


About Top CEO

A red carpet awards ceremony celebrating achievements of Top CEOs in the GCC.
Organized by TRENDS magazine and INSEAD business school, the Top CEO Awards targets
the region’s most affluent people, CEOs, CMOs, Presidents and VPs.
Top CEO is the only regional ranking based on the financial statements of publicly listed companies.
It is an award ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the region’s top players in the market,
making Top CEO the most credible and transparent awards in the region.


The Top CEO Conference is an open discussion among thought leaders, executives and officials.
Its purpose is to bring global issues – specifically, disruption – into a regional context, helping
executives and leaders look at the possible impact of such issues and consider the best ways to
take their organizations forward, while taking advantage of the coming transformations.
The conference’s format will comprise both on-record and off-record sessions,
allowing delegates to discuss and exchange ideas freely.


The awards function will be organized to honor business leaders of the GCC region.
The Top CEO list also looks into the transparency of a company.
All of the companies listed on GCC stock exchanges are evaluated.
At the Top CEO awards ceremony every year, the 100 best-performing companies and CEOs will be announced.
Mediaquest’s Top CEO Awards are distinctive in the GCC region because only
the CEOs of listed companies are eligible. The awards are based on the companies’ financials;
furthermore, the process is transparent and audited. TRENDS is also working closely with
INSEAD to ensure that the formula is the most accurate and also with Hawkamah
to ensure that corporate governance and disclosure criteria form a part of the ranking.


The Arab Gulf and the Middle East entered a new phase of development. The fundamental shifts in society, business and regional geopolitics are gradually happening, but have reached an acceleration point, thus a new era of rapid changes rising in the GCC, impacting businesses and society.
From privatization to competition, market deregulation and women empowerment among others, opportunities are multiple and benefits are enormous. However, business leaders and governments need to face significant challenges and roadblocks, among which are the implementation and execution of the strategy, human capital, deregulation and the transformation of an old bureaucratic administration.
Fueled by hope, this new era is empowering youth and supporting the emergence of startups. A new ecosystem will cement the profound transformation, to which the region is subject. On the regional and global levels, the paradigm shift is paving the way for new cooperations and political relations.
From Russia to China and Turkey, the Gulf is in dire need to strengthen its economic trade relations and business exchanges, along with diplomatic ties. To anchor itself deeply in society, this paradigm shift will need to bring tangible benefits for the majority of the population.

Top CEO 2018 Agenda

A glimpse of the schedule


Awards – Platinum Individual

Individual seats can be purchased. Price varies depending on the zone.


Awards – Gold Individual

Individual seats can be purchased. Price varies depending on the zone.


Awards – Silver Individual

Individual seats can be purchased. Price varies depending on the zone.


Awards – Bronze Individual

7Individual seats can be purchased. Price varies depending on the zone.


Awards – Platinum Table

8Tables are reserved in zones. Located near the VIP area, and close to the stage, Platinum tables are limited. Each table has a sitting of 10 persons.  


Awards – Gold Table

Tables are reserved in zones. Located after the Platinum zone, Gold tables are limited. Each table has a sitting of 10 persons.    


Awards – Silver Table

Tables are reserved in zones. Silver tables are located in the second half of the hall. Each table has a seating of 10 persons.

USD 4,578 Table price is
for the 10 seats

Awards – Bronze Table

Bronze tables are located towards the entrance of the hall, and at distance of the stage. Each table has a seating of 10 persons.






Strategic Partner



King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is the largest privately-funded new city in the world, covering 181 million square meters on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast – approximately the size of Washington DC. A non-oil economy, KAEC is home to the region’s fastest growing logistics and light-manufacturing hub, the Industrial Valley. It is served by King Abdullah Port, currently the second-largest port in the Kingdom and one of the top 100 in the world.

KAEC is also emerging as the leisure and lifestyle hub of the Western region of Saudi Arabia and is the venue of choice for a wide range of concerts and stage performances which are defining Saudi Arabia’s cultural renaissance. The city’s sports and leisure facilities have won top international awards for quality and its flagship educational institution, the Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship, has attracted students from around the world.

Emaar Economic City, the master developer of KAEC, is a Tadawul-listed public joint stock Saudi company established in 2006.

Silver Sponsor

Al Aan TV

Al Aan TV

Al Aan is an Arab satellite TV channel that was founded on professionalism and neutrality. It broadcasts from Dubai Media City, and, since its establishment in 2006, has been free to air round the clock. The TV channel has created a unique identity by integrating entertainment and present events to deliver a value that is relevant to the viewers’ expectations and aspirations, and it does both as a responsible media organization that stands out in the industry.



DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

Bronze Sponsors

KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

As one of the leading professional services firms in the Lower Gulf (UAE and Oman), KPMG is proud of its reputation for delivering cutting-edge solutions and exceptional client value. With over 70 partners and directors leading over 1000 professionals across five offices, KPMG works shoulder to shoulder with clients, offering independent audit, tax and advisory services to business corporations, government bodies and not-for-profit organizations.

Knowledge Partner



As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD offers participants a truly global educational experience. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 students in its degree and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 11,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.   More information about INSEAD can be found at www.insead.edu



Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets and ranked third in the global research industry. Ipsos is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since 1999. With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across six research specializations: advertising, customer loyalty, marketing, media, public affairs research and survey management. In the MENA region, Ipsos has been covering all markets, since 1988, and is the leading research company. Ipsos researchers and specialized analysts in the MENA region are focused on providing clients with innovative solutions with high value-added analytics and market insights. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test the impact of advertising and study audience responses to various mediums, and they measure public opinion. Visit www.ipsos.com  to learn more about Ipsos’ offerings and capabilities.

Supporting Partners

Capital Club

Capital Club

Capital Club is Bahrain’s premier private City Club situated in the heart of the financial district – Harbour Towers - East, within the Bahrain Financial Harbour Masterplan, on level 51 & 52. A Members-only Club in a contemporary setting for Members to network professionally and socially; dine and party; host private meetings; and attend a wealth of social and business events, covering emerging trends in arts, culture, media, social development, cuisine, business and travel. The Club is connected to over 250 premier private clubs around the world as part of its reciprocal club network. Capital Club Bahrain is co-owned by Bahrain Financial Harbour and Signature Clubs International, a Member of the ENSHAA group of companies. As the developer and operator of the Capital Club brand, SCI has over 30 years’ experience in developing, launching and operating high-end private clubs in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Its portfolio includes existing Clubs in Bahrain, Dubai and Nairobi, with upcoming initiatives planned in MENASA, Europe and the US, as part of a major five-year global roll out program.



Established by Royal Decree in 2010, ECA has full supervision over the economic cities – administratively and financially – and is responsible for regulating, supervising and providing highly efficient, integrated government services for investors and residents. Moreover, ECA contributes to the realization of Vision 2030 by developing initiatives and innovative business models in partnership with the private sector, and supporting strategic initiatives and efforts to attract quality investments designed to spur the economic cities and boost their value proposition to fulfill their mandate. The role of ECA is integral not only in being a guiding hand for the economic cities, but also an attentive ear that listens to their needs and requirements in order to better enable them to achieve their objectives of diversifying the kingdom’s economy and creating quality jobs for young Saudi men and women.



Hawkamah is a world-class corporate governance institute working to improve corporate governance practices of governments and companies across the MENA region. We help build sound organisations, reform corporate sector, assist banking and financial sector, and promote good governance. We assist companies to develop sound and globally recognised corporate governance frameworks. Hawkamah helps also in building qualified directors and top executives who are able to apply corporate governance in their organisations. www.hawkamah.org

Jeddah Chamber

Jeddah Chamber

The JC is the first Chamber of Commerce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The late King Abdul Aziz ibn Abdul Rahman Al Saud - issued a royal decree in January 18, 1946 to establish the JC.


The JC is a non-profit organization that looks after the commercial and industrial interests of business owners.


To be the main channel for economic growth and development of the business community in Jeddah as our contribution towards making Jeddah the commercial and cultural gateway of the Islamic World.


To stand out as a model institution that sustains achievement and promotes positive  change in the private and public sectors in pursuit of constructive partnership between them.

Official English Media Partner

Arab News

Arab News

Established in 1975, Arab News is the Middle Easts leading English-language daily. Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the newspaper is renowned for providing the Arab perspective on international affairs via its network of reporters, opinion writers and analysts. It is considered the newspaper of record on major Arab affairs for a large number of global media outlets, governments and academic institutions. It can be read online at www.arabnews.com.

International TV Partner



BBC World News is the leader in global breaking news. With journalists in more countries than any other international news broadcaster, the channel brings stories to life to more than 433 million households in over 200 countries. BBC World News offers audiences vivid, authentic storytelling and quality journalism and delivers impartial and in-depth analysis of the stories that matter most around the globe. BBC World News is also available in over 2 million hotel rooms, 182 cruise ships, 53 airlines and 23 mobile networks around the world keeping travellers up to date with the latest news from around the globe – wherever and whenever they want it.

Media Partner

New York Times

New York Times

The New York Times Company is a global media organization dedicated to enhancing society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

Whether in print, The New York Times, on the go with an array of apps, or online with access to our award-winning website, NYTimes.com, The New York Times delivers excellence in journalism and rich, interactive, multimedia storytelling to readers around the world.

For advertisers, The Times offers international publishing alliances, sponsorship, and innovative advertising opportunities to, enabling them to reach new audiences, extend their brand and affiliate their business with the standard-bearing reputation of one of the world's premier news media companies.



Nabd, MENA’s #1 Arabic App, enables users to stay up-to-update with their favorite topics, including technology, sports, health, beauty, local news, economy, and much more. Selected by both Google and Apple in “Best Apps of the Year”, Nabd has become an essential daily-use app for millions of Arab users across the world. Today, Nabd reaches over 19 million users, viewing over 1.6 billion pages every quarter, making it the biggest Arabic app globally.

PR Partner

Cicero & Bernay

Cicero & Bernay

Cicero & Bernay is an award-winning public relations consultancy that provides integrated communication services to some of the most prominent brands, organisations and entities operating in the MENA region. We combine traditional public relations approaches with new-age media and influencer marketing to deliver real results for our clients. ‘Letting the Facts Do the Talking’ underpins everything we do, from making measurable impact on our clients’ businesses, to developing innovative ideas and result-oriented campaigns that deliver long-term ROI.

Cicero & Bernay

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