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

Shared Services Council
The Shared Services Council in Europe brings together senior shared services executives to exchange best practices, strategies and innovations leading to the provision of competitive internal business support services.

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 Services Council
The Global Business Services Council is one of the first communities focused on serving the specific needs of the senior-most leaders in the US working across business functions on a global basis.

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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

Can Europe's Labor Market Be Fixed?
November 21, 2017 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 speakers explain how the major changes that are happening in the European labor markets could change your future recruitment and retention strategy. HRCI, SHRM, and CPE credit available

Looking Back to Go Forward: 10 Years of Executive Coaching Research
November 22, 2017 03:00 PM CET [15:00] (Brussels), 09:00 AM ET [09:00] (New York), 02:00 PM UTC [14:00]

On the occasion of the tenth year of our executive coaching survey, we trace the evolution of coaching over the last decade from a remedial fix for performance issues to a powerful tool for developing future leaders. HRCI, SHRM, and CPE credit available

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Blogs

Measurement Lessons Learned from Cisco, Southwest, and Exeter Hospital
Last month, Paine Publishing hosted the Summit on the Future of Communications Measurement. Here, we present three case studies from the summit that highlight the three major themes that ran through every conversation. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, November 2017)

For Funders and Nonprofits: Excellent Nonprofit Management is Mission Critical
Nonprofit missions help us rally around various societal challenges. However, while nonprofit missions garner attention from funders, the management of the organization is where attention is critical. The challenge is that some funders may make their funding decisions based on nonprofit missions and nonprofits may direct more of their attention to mission rather than management. (Giving Thoughts Blog, November 2017)

On Governance: CEO Pay Ratio Planning: 10 Consensuses from Thought Leading Companies
Based on conversations with about 20 thought-leading companies, here are 10 consensuses on how leading companies are planning to comply with the new CEO pay ratio rules in 2018. (The Governance Center Blog, November 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 1.0%
  • Euro Area 0.7%
  • France 0.7%
  • Germany 0.5%
  • Global 0.7%
  • India 1.5%
  • Japan 0.1%
  • Korea 0.6%
  • Mexico 0.3%
  • Spain 0.1%
  • U.K. 0.2%
  • U.S. 0.2%
  • International Labor Comparisons:
  • Visit ILC website
  • Productivity:
  • Visit Total Economy Database™ website
  • Global Economic Outlook:
  • Visit Global Economic Outlook website