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The Conference Board offers valuable insights into how the Middle East fits within the global economy. A major recent report - "Managing Beyond Oil" - reviews productivity in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and outlines the implications for companies.

The Middle East Business Leaders' Council, formed in 1999, convenes local business leaders who are Associates of The Conference Board with representatives of multinational enterprises to discuss regional issues.

Researchers from The Conference Board make regular presentations in the region about corporate governance, human resources and economic development issues. We provide the opportunity for companies to understand this complex, fast-changing region and will tailor individual programmes to suit specific corporate requirements.

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Peer Networks

Emerging Markets Corporate Compliance and Ethics Council
This council provides invaluable opportunities for senior compliance and ethics executives in Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets to exchange experiences, access relevant research and expertise.

Publications

25 Truths about Joint Ventures

More and more, companies are looking to joint ventures: to help topline growth, allay local fears about loss of intellectual property to foreign competitors, and to help companies enter new international markets. 

(Conference KeyNotes, April 2017)

30 Truths about Cybersecurity

There are two kinds of companies: those that have been hacked and those that don’t know it yet. Cyber risk is not just an IT concern, but a crucial business issue.

(Conference KeyNotes, April 2017)

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Webcasts

Advertising Under Pressure
September 26, 2018 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 01:00 PM UTC [13:00]

Hugues Rey, CEO Havas Media Group BeLux, joins us to discuss how data and dynamic creations enable us to reach the right person at the right moment on the right channel. CPE credit available

The CFO’s Challenge
October 03, 2018 04:00 PM CET [16:00] (Brussels), 10:00 AM ET [10:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

Join our panel for this webcast as they detail key findings from this year’s C-Suite Challenge™ with a specific focus on implications for CFO's. CPE credit available

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Blogs

The Risk of a UK Recession is Growing
Continued uncertainty over the outcome of Brexit negotiations is not helping. Unemployment in the UK now stands at its lowest level in four decades. Gross domestic product growth at the start of the third quarter of 2018 also shows an economy in decent shape, having grown faster than in the prior two quarters. (Global Economy Center Blog, September 2018)

CEO Activism in 2018
Nearly half of Americans believe CEOs can influence the government, although that doesn't necessarily mean the country thinks CEOs should speak out about social issues. Americans are split on whether company leaders should try to use their influence in the public domain, but doing so could benefit the business, since nearly half of the country would be more likely to purchase from a company whose CEO has taken a stance on an issue that they agree with. (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, September 2018)

Executive Series: Bosses—The Great Ones
Recognizing and appreciating the positive influence of great bosses can help you understand what you value in your career. Great bosses know how to cultivate loyalty for life from the people who work for them. They treat you as a trusted partner, make you feel smart, give you great work, serve as a mentor, and do the unexpected. But working for a great boss can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it’s important for employees to notice when it’s happening and show some gratitude. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, September 2018)

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The Conference Board Europe, Middle East & Africa Region

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Contact: Rainer Schultheis
Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Telephone: +32 2 675 5405 brussels@conference-board.org

Business Perspectives

The Conference Board offers Business Perspectives in Europe across a broad range of topics for executives from different functions.

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Leading Economic Index for:

  • Australia 0.1%
  • Brazil 0.3%
  • China 1.1%
  • Euro Area 0.4%
  • France 0.1%
  • Germany 0.1%
  • Global 0.4%
  • India 0.8%
  • Japan 0.3%
  • Korea 0.3%
  • Mexico 1.6%
  • Spain 0.0%
  • U.K. 0.2%
  • U.S. 0.6%
  • International Labor Comparisons:
  • Visit ILC website
  • Productivity:
  • Visit Total Economy Database™ website
  • Global Economic Outlook:
  • Visit Global Economic Outlook website