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Top speakers confirmed for Global Leadership Conference on innovative leadership strategies for corporate businesses

Qatar: Sunday, August 13 - 2006 @ 16:10

The theme for the one-day conference is “Innovative leadership strategies for Corporate business”.

The high-profile invitation only event will feature top speakers from the world of IT, telecommunications, business and communications; and will be chaired by Tim Sebastian, former host of BBC’s HARDTalk and current host of the popular Doha Debates.

The speakers, who will share personal insights and winning leadership strategies with invited guests from the GCC, MENA and Asia region, include Ricardo Semlar, President of Semco S/A; Larry Hochman, Former Director of British Airways; Candace Johnson, Expert in Telecommunications & Media Entrepreneur; Lester Thurow, Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT; and Tareq Al Suwaidan, General Manager of Al Resalah Satellite Channel.

Tim Sebastian, the conference host and moderator said,

“All the speakers at this conference are leaders in their field; they are radical innovators with highly successful records. I believe they will stimulate exciting new thinking and change in this fast-growing region. I am greatly looking forward to it.”

Ricardo Semlar is internationally known for creating the world’s most unusual workplace at Semco, a Brazilian marine and food-processing machinery manufacturer. At Semco, Ricardo has introduced a new approach to corporate structures where workers choose
their bosses, self-managed teams replace hierarchy and procedure, while 30% of the employees determine their own salaries.

Ricardo hopes to give delegates an understanding of his unorthodox management practices and a new insight of his successful business strategies. Speaking about his proposed presentation at the conference in Doha, Ricardo said, “There is much talk about the imminent changes in the architecture of the workplace. But almost nothing is done, excepting clichés, business-speak and best intentions. This is compatible with the anthropological history of humankind – change never comes from the existent form of doing things. It is time, once again, to decide whether your organization will use only the right words, or make changes that seem audacious – but may be no more than the obvious when new competitors speed ahead.”

Candace Johnson, considered one of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Europe, is an international telecommunications expert and entrepreneur. Her presentation will look at how new and innovative technologies, services and business models can help shape economies through the implementation and harnessing of change in the global economy.

Dr. Tareq Al Suwaidan, is the General Manager of Alresalah Satellite Channel and is also a popular presenter of numerous Islamic television shows on local and satellite channels. He will seek to throw light on a number of key questions such as “How do organisations identify leaders in their teams; are leaders born or can they be created and how to become a leader and not simply a manager?” Dr Al-Suwaidan will also provide delegates with ‘a suggested curriculum to create leaders’ and look at the new roles of leadership in today’s world.

Lester Thurow is acknowledged as one of the world’s most prominent thought leaders on the global economy and leadership, and has an unrivaled reputation for his ability to explain complex economic issues in lay terms. Lester will speak on the character of the new global economy and on the kind of leaders it demands. Based on his latest book, “Fortune Favors the Bold: What We Must Do to Build a New and Lasting Prosperity”, his presentation encourages organizations and nations alike to take risks in order to thrive in today’s increasingly competitive global economy.

Larry Hochman, will devote his speech to challenging the audience in Doha to consider what it will take to build customer relationships to last a lifetime in a world of new commercial realities. Larry said, “It is impossible today for any commercial enterprise to be successful, if a leader is not totally focused on how to build customer relationships to last a lifetime. In fact this should be the organizing principle of every company.”

Close to 400 top delegates including ministry, government officials, CEO’s and regional players from the IT and telecommunications sector are expected at the event. A separate networking dinner has also been scheduled for delegates to mingle with each other and the speakers. Guests to the dinner will include conference speakers, official dignitaries, diplomats and top executives from the government sector and business world.

Qtel’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nasser Marafih said, “All the speakers have been chosen because of their unique insights on leadership strategies that work across different functions. With Qatar establishing itself as a hub for leading the way in several development, educational and infrastructural projects, this conference will provide a platform to sharing knowledge and know-how with the speakers as well as the range of business leaders and delegates attending the conference.”

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