Spotlight on leadership in changing times

Metin Mitchell, Managing Partner, and guest contributors

Insights


Inspiring Saudi women into leadership roles
Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:11

Inspiring Saudi women into leadership roles

Written by Metin Mitchell

We have recently launched our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women, based on interviews with extraordinary Saudi females.

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Re-shaping CFOs for the age of automation
Sunday, 19 November 2017 12:18

Re-shaping CFOs for the age of automation

Written by Metin Mitchell

Could chief financial officers (CFOs) become redundant? That was the question I posed at the CFO Strategies Forum in Dubai last week. And the answer? Well, no-one believes CFOs will be redundant – not yet. But everyone recognises the impact of artificial intelligence on the accounting function and the need for the CFO to develop and change considerably. But how?

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Could CFOs become redundant?
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:26

Could CFOs become redundant?

Written by Metin Mitchell

I am delighted to be speaking at the CFO Strategies Forum in Dubai, on 15/16 November along with 150 invited CEOs, CFOs (chief financial officers) and C-suite executives.

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Creating a male support network for Saudi women
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:33

Creating a male support network for Saudi women

Written by Metin Mitchell

How important are men to the success of women in Saudi?

When I interviewed a number of leading women for our report, Roads to the top for Saudi Women, they all talked in different ways about how their male family members had played an important role in their successes.

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How employers can support Saudi women into senior roles
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 12:38

How employers can support Saudi women into senior roles

Written by Metin Mitchell

Saudi Vision 2030 commits the Kingdom to increase the number of women in the workforce to 30 per cent.  The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is clear on his goals, saying, “My first objective is for our country to be a pioneering and successful global model of excellence, on all fronts, and I will work…to achieve that.”

How can corporates contribute?

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Improving working life for Saudi women makes economic sense
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:44

Improving working life for Saudi women makes economic sense

Written by Metin Mitchell

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals aim to increase the number of women in the workforce to 30 per cent. All areas of government have been tasked with delivering the strategy, and plans include many ambitious projects such as the scheme to turn a number of Saudi islands into a luxury tourist report.

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Making sense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Monday, 09 October 2017 12:52

Making sense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Written by Metin Mitchell

Women driving, a street party in Riyadh’s main drag Tahlia Street, new forms of taxation and a relentless push towards modernisation and diversification of the economy are leaving external observers of Saudi Arabia as breathless as those trying to make sense of President Trump’s daily flurry of tweets.  

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Three successful workplace strategies for Saudi women
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 12:58

Three successful workplace strategies for Saudi women

Written by Metin Mitchell

In her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg talks about how women are often held back in the workplace. Ms Sandberg’s words come from her experience in the USA, but they are just as applicable in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Leading Saudi women – pioneering Dr Amal Fatani shares her career and insights
Monday, 25 September 2017 13:03

Leading Saudi women – pioneering Dr Amal Fatani shares her career and insights

Written by Metin Mitchell

Over recent months I have been honoured to interview leading Saudi women for our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women. 

There were so many insights from these inspirational women, I am delighted that Dr Amal Fatani has allowed us to share wider views from her interview than we could include in the report.

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Women are Saudi’s secret weapon
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:08

Women are Saudi’s secret weapon

Written by Metin Mitchell

Metin Mitchell interview with Dubai Eye on Roads to the Top for Saudi Women

Metin Mitchell was interviewed by Dubai Eye radio last month, about the role of women for the future of the Gulf region.

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Could Saudi achieve more women in senior positions than the rest of the world?
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 13:11

Could Saudi achieve more women in senior positions than the rest of the world?

Written by Metin Mitchell

I have been privileged to interview a number of inspirational Saudi female leaders in public, private and non-profit organisations for our new report Roads to the Top for Saudi Women (you can download free from this link). Like these women, I believe Saudi will see a transformation in the workforce over the next decade.

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Have we reached the end of the road for ex-patriates in the GCC?
Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:18

Have we reached the end of the road for ex-patriates in the GCC?

Written by Metin Mitchell

I am frequently asked this question, is it the end of the road for ex-patriates in the GCC?

Given what is being written about ex-patriates and the economies of the GCC at the moment it is an entirely legitimate question – these articles by Simeon Kerr of the FT and Sarah Townsend of Arabian Business give a good overview of the issues. But the answer is not straightforward.

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