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.

Emerging Markets Supply Chain Management Council
The Council provides senior supply chain decision makers in emerging markets with a network of professional peers who meet regularly to exchange ideas, best practices, and innovations related to the supply chain and logistics functions.

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

Who is accountable for gender balance within organizations?
May 30, 2018 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 01:00 PM UTC [13:00]

This webcast will explore the question of gender balance and the idea of who holds responsibility for this within an organization. HRCI, SHRM, and CPE credit available

A Marriage of Algorithms and Human Capital - Part II
June 05, 2018 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 01:00 PM UTC [13:00]

Part II will focus on predictive analytics and the new technology developments that are helping it enhance business and strategic workforce decisions. HRCI, SHRM, and CPE credit available

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Blogs

Could the Facebook Scandal Slow Down Digital Healthcare?
If global health is being reshaped by technologies such as wearables, artificial intelligence and blockchain, then data—and lots of it—is fueling this transformation. But patient fears about privacy and misuse of data, potentially influenced by the Facebook data breach, threatens to slow the development and uptake of digital health innovations. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, May 2018)

Participate in the 2018 Business Contributions to the Arts Survey
The 2018 Business Contributions to the Arts survey, conducted by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts, is open until Friday, June 8. Please share your data regarding your organization's support for the arts to help us provide important benchmarking information to the corporate philanthropy and arts communities. The survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, May 2018)

Digital Media Predictions for a Post-GDPR World
Last week, a business acquaintance made a ballsy prediction on LinkedIn for which he took a fair amount of flak. Posting a comment, I noted that his essential point was not that much of a stretch. Of course, there were nuances to the argument, but a long statement with a bunch of caveats wouldn’t be nearly as interesting or thought-provoking. Predictions have to push at the edges or people won’t pay attention. So, I figured it was time to step onto the ledge and make some predictions. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, May 2018)

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The Conference Board Europe, Middle East & Africa Region

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Brussels, Belgium

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 0.2%
  • Brazil 0.8%
  • China 1.5%
  • Euro Area 0.6%
  • France 0.1%
  • Germany 0.3%
  • Global 0.5%
  • India 1.1%
  • Japan 0.3%
  • Korea 1.3%
  • Mexico 0.4%
  • Spain 0.1%
  • U.K. 0.2%
  • U.S. 0.4%
  • International Labor Comparisons:
  • Visit ILC website
  • Productivity:
  • Visit Total Economy Database™ website
  • Global Economic Outlook:
  • Visit Global Economic Outlook website