snow-on-mountains

  Governance is still a relatively new concept around the world and many who sit at a boardroom table are still getting to grips with ‘what does this mean for me?’ I want to look at the issue of silence around a board – and whether directors ...

bridge

For anyone joining a board for the first time, one of the most important issues is to understand the difference between the board role of governance and the management role of managing.  Effective boards understand and manage this difference.  Dysfunctional ...

norton-rose

Last month I was invited by the global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright to the evening launch of their own ta’atheer with more than 100 women and men from across different industries: oil, energy, legal, IT, healthcare, education, defence. ta’atheer ...

governance

As a commercial lawyer, I have worked in government and the private sector and sat on commercial and voluntary leadership teams and boards.   Over the years I have become more interested in – actually, very passionate about – the importance of governance. ...

bankruptcy

In England the first laws on bankruptcy were passed in 1542 in the time of King Henry VIII. But even then the concept was not unknown or unheard of in our region. The second chapter of the Quran includes the provision that an insolvent person should be ...

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Nations moving from good to great require not only excellent infrastructure, high GDP and a healthy employment environment, but also – and most important – a skilled national workforce. The mix is delicate and the challenge for the UAE is great. Legislative ...

graduating_students

As the financial tsunami passes from one coast to another, anxiety continues to grow in every economic sector around the globe. The storm is cold, bitter and ruthless, and leaves us all restless. In recent months we have all seen how governments, banks ...

ba-concorde

I personally felt as if I were living at the speed of Concorde; I am not sure that 2008 gave the world a chance to breathe, or even to sigh: it has been a year of such dramatic incidents. If asked, how would you sum up 2008? I have attempted to summarise ...

37_national_day

As the UAE celebrates its 37th National Day, let us sit back and reflect on the last 37 years, appreciate our today and eagerly await our promising tomorrow. What is so special about our country? The UAE means opportunities, it means business. It is a ...

childrens_books_at_a_library

Today as we rush to achieve the daily tasks of our fast moving societies, we unconsciously rely on our BlackBerry and the computer screens in our offices to feed us with information and update us on the latest headlines from around the world. Many of ...

basket-roses

It is funny how emotions swing randomly from one end to the other. We may at times, surprise ourselves with the abrupt change of emotions within and wonder why at the experience of a happy thought or emotion we are suddenly smiling to the world for no ...

light-mountains

The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything. It is up to us to build the world. To spread the light around us. To make it a better place. ...