Spotlight on leadership in changing times
Metin Mitchell - Managing Partner
I was delighted to see a recent survey that young adults in the UAE are more likely to consider a career in cyber security than their peers elsewhere in the world. While it is heartening that the world – and especially the UAE – is waking up to the issues and the skills we need, it got me thinking about how cyber security careers are developed and a gap that I don’t believe is being addressed.
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.
For the best part of a quarter of a century I have been travelling to Saudi Arabia on a frequent and regular basis. I have seen the country change and evolve and, like any major economy, go through its ups and downs.
During this time I have been privileged to have made some very good and dear friends. I have also come to respect and cherish many of the businesses and business people that I deal with.
Guest blog by Mr Anees Moumina, CEO, SEDCO Holding Group
I was interested to be interviewed recently to share my thoughts on What makes an Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive. This is an important subject because if you look at the different areas and objectives that Saudi Vision 2030 is trying to promote, we will need excellent leadership to achieve these ambitions.
I’ve worked in executive search for 20 years, recruiting leaders for Middle East organisations of all types. One of the most interesting countries has been Saudi Arabia, where the types of leaders needed have changed as the Kingdom has grown and diversified.