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Top CEO 2017: Leading business in a changing world

As the Middle East’s economies undergo an overhauling transition into the post-oil era, old business models are breaking down continuously, bringing the region to a new turning point.

This calls for a an umbrella under which all of the current and upcoming challenges can be tackled and shared, so business leaders across the region can steer their ships in the right direction.

This is where Top CEO conference and awards steps in, as it targets the region’s most affluent people, such as chief executive officers, chief marketing officers, presidents, vice-presidents and leaders at the helm of business.



The full-day Top CEO conference opens up a discussion among these leaders, bringing to the surface global issues, such as disruption and digitalisation, to help understand their regional implications. This allows business leaders to understand the regional context and consider the best ways to drive their organisations smoothly forward during such transitional periods.

Some of the issues set to be discussed during the Top CEO conference day include Investing in Saudi Arabia, Adapting to Disruption, Vision 2030, Leadership 2.0, and many more.


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The awards function will take place the same evening and will honour the GCC’s top business leaders. The ranking is unique, as it is based on financial statements of publicly listed companies, analysed through independent audits to ensure transparency.

It is an award ceremony to celebrate the achievement of the region’s top players in the market,
making Top CEO the most credible and transparent awards in the region, organised by TRENDS magazine, a sister title of AMEinfo, in association with INSEAD business school.

TRENDS is also working closely with INSEAD to ensure that the formula is the most accurate and with Hawkamah to ensure that corporate governance and disclosure criteria form a part of the ranking.

Bassel Gamal, CEO of Qatar Islamic Bank, received the prestigious award in 2016, winning over 100 nominated CEOs from across the GCC.


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This year, Top CEO will be held on April 11 at King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.