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

Global Investor Relations Executives Council
Senior investor relations officers of large-capitalization companies in both Europe and the United States share best practices in a confidential and member-driven forum. Members value the intimate and candid conversations that develop in the meetings.

Global Human Resources Council
Allows senior most global HR executives to discuss current challenges and trends regarding the strategic and structural management of their firm's multinational human resources. Members value the confidential dialogue, expert speakers and benchmarking.

Global Business Conduct Council
Senior executives responsible for shaping global ethics and compliance programs discuss current issues and challenges facing corporations globally. Members value the confidential dialogue, expert speakers and benchmarking opportunities.

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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

Fueling Regeneration: The Future of Disaster Philanthropy
December 14, 2017 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

Learn from experts on the front lines of disaster regeneration how disasters are intensifying due to climate change and how corporate philanthropy should respond. HRCI, SHRM, and CPE credit available

AI & Co.– Potential and Implications for Finance Leaders
January 11, 2018 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

Join this webcast to find out what possibilities AI offers the finance functions and which capabilities modern finance leaders should develop to fully leverage their potential.

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Blogs

How Companies Can Recruit and Retain the Best and Most Diverse Workforces by Offering Board-Matching Programs
Employees are more likely to work and stay at companies that help match them to nonprofit boards in addition to providing funds to the nonprofits where they serve. This is one of the most powerful findings of Better World Leadership: The Nonprofit Board Leadership Study, released last month. (Giving Thoughts Blog, December 2017)

Companies Can, and Should, Address Sexual Misconduct No Matter Where It Happens
The past few weeks have seen an extraordinary increase in awareness, and acknowledgement, that sexual assault, harassment, coercion, and improprieties happen in the workplace with appalling frequency, and that perpetrators must be held accountable by their employers and by society. I hope that it will now be much, much harder for any American workplace to turn a blind eye (or worse) when an employee raises such an allegation. (Giving Thoughts Blog, December 2017)

Marketers Reluctantly Coming to Terms with their Role in Fake News Crisis
A new study by the Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR) shows that while marketers are now aware of their inadvertent participation, they are ambivalent about what ought to change—and are reluctant to alter their own business practices. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, December 2017)

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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 0.6%
  • China 1.3%
  • Euro Area 0.9%
  • France 0.7%
  • Germany 0.5%
  • Global 0.6%
  • India 1.2%
  • Japan 0.3%
  • Korea 1.1%
  • Mexico 0.9%
  • Spain 0.3%
  • U.K. 0.2%
  • U.S. 1.2%
  • International Labor Comparisons:
  • Visit ILC website
  • Productivity:
  • Visit Total Economy Database™ website
  • Global Economic Outlook:
  • Visit Global Economic Outlook website