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05 July 2021
In line with the Pearl Initiative’s mission and vision, our Student Case Study Competition aims to continuously expand the knowledge base of regional responsible business practices and to enhance the capabilities of future business leaders. The competition also aims to inspire students in the understanding of real-world applications of integrity, ethics, governance, transparency, and accountability.

This awards ceremony will showcase the winning case studies and give the winning teams and opportunity to share their experiences with the rest of the student cohort.
07 July 2021

In a post-COVID environment, MSMEs and start-ups are looking for ways to keep their businesses afloat and improve their resilience through the next unforeseen crisis. 

This roundtable session will convene business executives from across the Gulf region to discuss:
- Address key challenges faced by their organisations as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Where governance policies could have been embedded to mitigate the detrimental effects of the crisis and where policies can be implemented within business operations to improve resilience going forward.
- Strategic frameworks that early-stage businesses can adopt from the start of business operations that would allow for continued business resilience 

31 July 2021

Research shows that a majority (68%) of family businesses in the Gulf Region do not have a formal family council, and only 17% have a family protocol or constitution in place. The formalisation of these governance structures is necessary for the harmony of the relationship between the family and the firm, and the longevity of the business.

The institutionalising of the family office is an increasingly prominent trend in the region, in order to manage intergenerational asset transfers. Family offices are also a vital function in bridging the family business with the wider vision and mission of the family. By expanding their remit beyond the growth of the businesses’ financial portfolio, family offices are well-positioned to centrally manage the family’s strategic activities, such as administering governance frameworks and improving generational transitions.

In conversation with family office representatives, this panel will broadly discuss how family offices can be leveraged to compliment the role of the board and shareholder assembly, whilst providing wider strategic guidance on strategies to ensure business continuity.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Leveraging the role of the family office to improve governance,
  • Approaches to institutionalising the family office or the engagement of family members within the business, and

Strategies to maximise value of the family office beyond its financial remit.

31 August 2021
Details to be made available soon... Register your interest to receive updates!