Career evening: what type of leader do you want to be?

What type of leader do you want to be? This was a question posed by William Montgomery, CEO of TEN, at the Future Leaders careers evening. Everyone has the ability to enforce positive change. Why? Because ideas change the world. How you communicate those ideas, how you get buy in from colleagues and stakeholders, will determine how much movement there is with your idea. The skill you must learn is how to create a compelling story to bring people along with you. William’s five tips on enforcing positive change: 1. Keep speeches to 20 minutes maximum. Martin Luther-King, Steve Jobs

ACTME career development workshop for professional women

On 20 November White & Case Dubai hosted for the second year in a row a workshop for finance and other professional women. Following on from the successful ACTME Women in Finance Workshop with guest speaker Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE last February, once again numbers were capped to ensure this really was an intimate working session for around 20 ladies. The feedback received so far suggests it was yet another ACT Middle East Women’s Network (ACTME) success. Thank you again, White & Case! We started with a keynote speech from Larisa Miller. Larissa is the Business Development Manager and

Six things to plan for in 2018

As we head rapidly towards the end of the year, we offer some thoughts for issues that may not be front of mind, but which, nevertheless, you may want to consider as we enter the year ahead. 1. Rising Interest Rates The period of very low interest rates may be coming to an end. Now is the time to make sure your teams appreciate the potential impact of operating in a higher interest rate environment, something many of them will not have experienced. As well as checking covenant triggers, the organisation’s fixed/floating mix and interest rate policy should all be

Start your development plan for 2018

We wanted to wish all our members the very best during the festive season and for the new year. Hopefully a break from your normal routine will provide some much-deserved rest, and allow you to step back, think through what you have achieved in the past year and what you want to achieve in the coming year. As the new year approaches, putting together a development plan for 2018 is a great way to focus on your priorities and to establish a clear direction for what you want to achieve. A development plan will help you to understand: What you

Hazy days and the conference challenge…

Dubai 2017….day 2 Well, were did the sun go? We’re all a bit too old to go on a nature ramble, but it’s always nice to think the sun is shining outside while we’re inside a fourth floor ballroom in a 46 storey building! Sadly not to be though. I know, I know, it’s a hard life. Sometimes though there are compensations and day 2 of the ACT Middle East Summit 2017 provided them in abundance. As much as the ACT is driven by technical skills that a contemporary treasurer needs, we also encourage treasurers to take a positive stance

ACT Middle East 2017: How we adapted, innovated and excelled

As this year’s ACT Middle East Annual Summit ends, there is plenty for us to reflect on and harness for when we get back to the office. As we all look ahead to meeting new challenges in 2018, below are some of the lessons and highlights from the event on how treasurers and finance leaders can adapt, innovate and excel in our ever-changing environment. ADAPT The conference opened with two thoughtful and thought-provoking keynotes from Dr Sabah al-Binali and Mishal Kanoo. Their challenge to attendees was for treasurers to be a stronger part of the strategy in addressing today’s challenging

Mind the Gulf

Dubai 2017 It’s not often that a keynote speaker produces an audible gasp in an ACT conference audience. To have two successive speakers do it is pretty much unheard of. But if you want to create a buzz and a stir for an event that’s the way to do it and that’s what we had this morning! Our 8th ACT Middle East Annual Summit got off to a real flyer! Dr. Sabah Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali, Investor & Entrepreneurial Leader and Mishal Kanoo, Chairman, The Kanoo Group had our delegates applauding, laughing and then seriously challenged on their world view as both speakers

Evaluating learning programmes

The need to develop staff capability to ensure treasury teams can meet their current as well as future goals isn’t a new phenomenon, but today’s treasury leaders and L&D professionals also have to drive these improvements with less money as well as demonstrate the benefit brought to the business as a result of a training course or learning programme. As a result, one of the things we’re often asked when talking to our clients about ACT in-company learning (and if you’ve not heard about what we do, take a look here to find out), is how to prove the effectiveness