• Top CEO Conference & Awards will be held in Saudi Arabia for the first time

• The event will bring together CEOs, CMOs, Presidents and VPs from the region and beyond

• This event is known for its transparent evaluation and ranking to top CEOs

As the corporate world witnesses a transformation in the way C-level executives function and businesses prepare to make agile strides toward a sustainable future, the Top CEO Conference & Awards will shine a spotlight on some of the burning issues corporates face today

After successful editions in Dubai, the Top CEO Conference & Awards is being held in Saudi Arabia this year for the first time and will take place on April 10 and 11, 2017.

Transparency and integrity

This edition of the Top CEO Conference & Awards will address the issues of disruptive leadership, innovative corporate strategies and changing dynamics of the business ecosystem. Under the theme ‘Adapting to Disruption: New Roles, New Realities’, the event is organized by Dubai-based TRENDS magazine, an international publication on Arab affairs, in association with leading business school INSEAD.

Julien Hawari, co-CEO of Mediaquest Corp, the publisher of TRENDS magazine, says: “The Top CEO Conference & Awards has carved a niche for itself not only as a pioneering regional business conference and awards ceremony, but also as an essential leadership event. Our well-thought-of conferences will bring global issues to light in a regional context.”


The Top CEO Conference & Awards will include both on-record and off-record sessions. Some of the topics that will be covered include: New Technologies, Challenges of Slow Growth, The Broken Job Machine, Private-Public Partnerships, Leadership 2.0, Vision 2030, New Alliances, Arab Image in the West, Antitrust Laws, The Image War, and Women & Leadership.

Explaining the main idea behind this year’s conferences, Hawari adds: “Businesses in the GCC and the Middle East are at a turning point, with the era of abundance coming to an end, old business models changing and slow growth haunting the region. New technologies are being ushered in and the region is fast embracing the concept of a new reality. So, we are trying to put these perennial issues at center-stage, initiate a dialogue and draft a roadmap for a smooth transition.”

Top CEO Conference & Awards will see the participation of some of the most-sought-after C-level executives of this region

Moving in the right direction

Designed to act as a platform for executives to get together and discuss the present and the future of business in the region, the event focuses on all aspects of effective leadership.
Miguel Sousa Lobo, Associate Professor of Decision Sciences and Director of INSEAD’s Middle East campus in Abu Dhabi, says: “The Top CEO Conference & Awards is helping to move the region’s business culture in the right direction, one where there are more incentives and rewards for real performance. It offers great networking opportunities.”

Honoring the best

In its third edition in 2017, The Top CEO Awards will honor the top 100 chief executive officers after evaluating their companies’ listings on GCC stock exchanges.

The Top CEO Awards works with corporate governance institute Hawkamah to ensure that elements of good governance remain an integral part of the overall ranking system. Also, Deloitte, one of the world’s largest professional services networks, will assist in the evaluation of the financial statements.

Mark your date

This year, the Top CEO Conference & Awards will be held at Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
To know more, visit or call +971 4 369 7573. To register for this event, click on and for the agenda, click on

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