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 Social Investing Council
Advances the practice of cross-border corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy on a global scale through continuous dialogue on latest trends, issues and solutions encountered, as well as inspiring practices.

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 Business Conduct Council
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

StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Escaping the Global Economy's Holding Pattern

In 2016, the global economy will continue on a slow growth track for the fifth consecutive year, as mature economies continue to fly at a low altitude and emerging markets slow.

(StraightTalk®, November 2015)

The Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

Emerging markets have been underperforming over the last year, adding increased downside risks to the global growth outlook

(Economics Watch Reports, June 2015)

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Webcasts

Book Discussion: The Rise of the Female Executive
23 February, 2016 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

Join us for this webcast as our guest, Peninah Thomson, chief executive of The Mentoring Foundation and coauthor of The Rise of the Female Executive, gives us insights into some of the central themes of her new book such as cross-company mentoring programs and keeping women in the executive pipeline.

Why Inclusive Companies Are Better at Innovation
25 February, 2016 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

Building a diverse workforce is one thing; cultivating an inclusive culture in which “diversity of thought” consistently sparks innovation is far more challenging. Join us as our guest, Vincent Monziols, general manager of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ (SGPPL) bearings business, describes the company’s journey to achieve double-digit annual growth by making innovation part of every job. 

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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 0.3%
  • Brazil 0.2%
  • China 0.6%
  • Euro Area 0.2%
  • France 0.1%
  • Germany 0.3%
  • India 1.4%
  • Japan 0.5%
  • Korea 0.3%
  • Mexico 1.9%
  • Spain 0.3%
  • U.K. 0.3%
  • U.S. 0.2%
  • International Labor Comparisons:
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