APR 25, 2021
We see the men, but do you see the women? Not a question anyone of us should be asking at the start of 2021 but yet here we are – still asking it. One of the most striking outcomes of economic liberalization in the region was the entry of large numbers of women into the workforce.Read more.
APR 20, 2021
There is no doubt that women make phenomenal leaders. Unfortunately, not many of them are given the opportunity to demonstrate their outstanding leadership skills, with many of being held back from achieving their full potential through a variety of hurdles and challenges.Read more.
Feb 25, 2021
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has, over the past year, exposed serious fault lines and vulnerabilities in societies, institutions, and economies all around the world.Read more.
Feb 14, 2021 | Margaret Michaels
It’s no secret – the role of CFOs is being transformed by the day. Changes imposed by digitalization were only accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic and brought with them mandatory skill sets needed to chart the course for the finance and accounting function, and even entire organizations.Read more.
Nov 25, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
What the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us is that in order to survive, businesses need to focus even more on growth. While the pandemic revealed how vulnerable a globalized economy can be, the flipside is also true – more globalization may help companies grow beyond their domestic borders.Read more.
Oct 15, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
LinkedIn’s labour market update for July revealed much welcome news this summer. It appears that the women hiring rates that had dipped during the early stages of lockdown had subsequently followed a U-shaped trajectory before making a full recovery in June and July.Read more.
Oct 13, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
Every year sees the release of multiple new studies analyzing the staggering gap between genders and emphasizing the continued disparity between men and women in the workplace. These reports highlight the discrepancies in salaries and also the continued lack of female representation at the C-suite level.Read more.
Oct 12, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
Whether it is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, global trade wars, geopolitical tensions, or simply the myriad complexities of business, we are seeing CFOs across companies and sectors in the thick of the action – salvaging a difficult situation or strategically planning for long term growth and very often both.Read more.
Oct 10, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife, Senior Director, Middle East, Africa and India operations
One of my favorite question to be asked lately is: what advice you would give to your younger self. For starters, I think it is really important to periodically reflect back on my career with a critical eye; one which, thanks to some 25 years of experience, has become equipped with the knowledge acquired from the countless challenges I have faced and conquered.Read more.
Sep 24, 2020 | Loreal Jiles
While we await the mass distribution of self-driving/autonomous cars, one must acknowledge that automation, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have already begun making serious in-roads into the professional realm, including accounting. We have now entered a period where information technology and the physical world are intersecting to transform business value chains, forever changing the way we live and work.Read more.
Risk is something that every business must deal with, and, as the past 12 months have proven, risk is often due to circumstances beyond our control. December 2019 witnessed one of the biggest Australian bushfires, followed by Indonesian floods in January 2020, a volcanic eruption in the Philippines, locust swarms in East Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and epic wildfires in the western United States.Read more.
In 2019, the IBM Institute for Business Value published the report “The enterprise guide to closing the skills gap” in which it indicated a staggering “120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be retrained/reskilled in the next 3 years as a result of intelligent/AI-enabled automation.” Perhaps more astonishing is how ill-prepared executives believe their countries and companies are to offer the development that millions of workers will require.Read more.
Sep 01, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
The ongoing pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and insecurity in our personal and professional lives. The instability of the economy has unfortunately left many professionals without a job or in fear of losing their current one; making change and uncertainty overwhelming and inevitable in the current economic atmosphere.Read more.
July 28, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
Diversity is no longer only about gender balance and respect for race, religion, or ethnicity; it is really about evolving into a diversity of thought. A progressive mindset that actually pays off in business performance.Read more.
July 08, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
Not many are aware that Indira Nooyi – one of corporate America’s long serving CEOs and an Indian American business leader was interestingly the CFO of the company before she bagged the CEO job. She joined PepsiCo in 1994 and worked her way to CFO, a position given to her in 2001.Read more.
May 07, 2020 | Hanadi Khalife
As we enter just five months into 2020, I can’t help but wonder what an unexpectedly eventful year it has been so far! But as the global economy continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, it also gets ready to commemorate International Management Accounting Day.Read more.
May 06, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
According to many thought leaders, scholars, and researchers, we are at the dawn of yet another industrial revolution; only this one is unlike anything we have ever seen before!Read more.
May 05, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
The concept of big data is not a novel one. In fact, it has been around for years. There is only one fundamental difference though: it used to be a manual process. We are talking spreadsheets analyzed by humans. Can you just imagine how time consuming it must have been to review and analyze data before the digital era?Read more.
May 05, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
According to the Corporate Affairs Ministry, almost about 11.89 lakh companies were active in 2018. Active companies are those defined as carrying out normal business activities and making their statutory filings to the stock exchanges on time.Read more.
February 17, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
When contemplating the endless hours spent researching, reading, studying and preparing to earn the chosen degree that will set your accounting career in motion, a moment of reflection: are you arming yourself with the right tools to hit the ground running?Read more.
February 5, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
Global media has been going on about digital disruption and how it has transformed every sector with forecasts predicting the annihilation of some 70% of jobs this year.Read more.
January 31, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
Whether you work in the public, corporate, governmental or academic sector, chances are you are dealing with a prominent buzzword being tossed around boardrooms and classrooms around the world: Digital transformation!Read more.
January 31, 2020 | Rouba Zeidan
Let’s face it, we are entering a new era in the workplace where the very meaning of “work” is changing forever.Read more.