As the combined market capitalization of GCC stock markets slipped below $1 trillion last year, there are numerous challenges before the CEOs in the region. To celebrate the achievements of business leaders and discuss the challenges in the market, Mediaquest is organizing a conference and awards ceremony on April 05, 2016, in Dubai. The Top CEO Conference and Awards will not only award CEOs of the best performing listed companies in the GCC but it will also provide a platform to brainstorm the major disruptions to the businesses. Knowledge fuels growth. Challenges lead to innovation. In 2016, the C-suite management of listed companies faces an enormous task of creating value for shareholders in an environment where GCC stock markets shed a whopping $200 billion in combined market capitalization in 2015. Last year, the combined market cap of GCC bourses was more than $1 trillion. It has now slipped to $902bn, according to research reports. So, what are the issues on the mind of regional CEOs? The issues range from the drive to diversify the economy, the introduction of taxes and what the technology disruption will bring to old models; to cybersecurity, the growing role of women in business, education and talent; to corporate governance and transparency. The current global and regional situation is complex and requires CEOs and leaders to be on top of things. Growth is a necessity in order to transform the economy and create jobs, and some companies and CEOs in this region are doing a wonderful job in achieving this. Recognizing these CEOs who are transforming our region for the benefit of stakeholders and society is of increasing importance. TRENDS magazine, in association with the INSEAD Business School, launched the Top CEO Conference and Awards. The Conference will take place on April 5, 2016, and is aimed at creating an open dialogue among the regional executives on ways to help improve their business and the region. The second edition of the TOP CEO Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of the same day. The TOP CEO Conference and Awards have been organized by TRENDS and INSEAD, which was recently ranked the number one business school by the UK’s The Financial Times. The conference and awards aim also at further pushing the anti-corruption and transparency agendas in the region. – See more at:


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