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Institute Of Directors Dubai Global Convention focuses on 'leadership and innovation'

"Change or you will be changed", the Buzz word at the Institute Of Directors (IOD), India's Dubai Global Convention 2017 last month, which was attended by more than 450 participants, around 160 leading organisations from India and other countries, spread over 3 days with intense day long sessions focusing on Visionary Leadership and Disruptive Innovation.

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This annual Convention in Dubai was organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Govt. of UAE, also inaugurated the Dubai Global Convention 2017 in presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive, The Emirates Airline & Group, Chairman , Dubai World as Chief Guest. In a historic moment, both the Distinguished dignitaries/leaders together, presented this year's the famed Golden Peacock Awards.

This year's Golden Peacock Lifetime Achievement Award for Business and Social Inclusiveness was presented to H. E. Dr. Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Group Chairman, Al Habtoor Group, whereas the Award for Business Leadership was conferred upon H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman & CEO , DP World.

H.E. Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Minister for Economic & Trade Affairs, The UAE - Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation presided over the Global Business Meet and addressed the Business Community.

H.E. Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary - Foreign Trade & Industry, Ministry of Economy, UAE delivered the Inaugural Address.

H.E. Navdeep Singh Suri IFS, Ambassador of India to United Arab Emirates graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour.

Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Chairman, IOD India, UAE Chapter and Director General, Education and Training Development, Ministry of Interior, UAE was the Convenor of the Dubai Global Convention 2017.

While delivering the Chief Guest Keynote Address and also welcoming all the participants, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan said "I am delighted with the opportunity to inaugurate this Dubai Global Convention 2017. The experience, intelligence, and vision of the Institute Of Directors guarantee its success."

He also said "Performance excellence is always on your mind. You know that your reputation for business-savvy will suffer if you are not prepared to discuss disruptive innovation at any time of the day or night. You probably extol visionary leadership at least once a day."

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed also welcomed all the leaders who had come from India and a host of other countries.

The timing of the Convention was fortuitous when the relationship between India and UAE has evolved into a strong partnership in the economic and commercial sphere, further strengthening the cultural and traditional bonds. The UAE has emerged as one of the largest investors in India in terms of FDI, contributing significantly to India's Energy Security.

Considering Global uncertainty, Global competition, Fast paced Technology and Changing consumer behaviour, its a challenge for business but also an opportunity, and so implementing a robust Risk Management framework with Innovative Strategy is very much essential to protect your bottom line and reputation.

IOD, India's commitment to its endeavour of building boards of the future has traversed through the years, culminating in extended dialogues and deliberations, year round and across geographies. Like previous years, this year's Convention was also attended by a large number of Business and thought leaders from India and the world, who also shared their insights and wisdom on exploring how best to remain relevant, competitive and stimulate innovation.

Some of the distinguished guest and speakers included Rt. Hon'ble Baroness Verma of Leicester, Chairperson, European External Affairs Committee and the former Minister of Energy & Climate Change and International Development, Govt. of UK, V. K. Sharma, Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation of India, Dr. B. R. Shetty, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, NMC Healthcare & UAE Exchange, Mishal Kanoo, Chairman, The Kanoo Group, UAE, Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University, Mohandass Saini, Chairman, Shapoorji Pallonji Mid-East LLC, Gautam Sashittal, CEO, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC), H.E. Major General Dr. Abdul Quddus Al Obaidly, Assistant Commander-in-Chief , Dubai Police, Vijay Karia, Chairman & MD, Ravin Group of Companies, India, Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman, Al Dobowi Group, UAE, Adel Abdullah Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, Amb. T. P. Seetharam, Director, Sobha Limited and former Ambassador of India to UAE, Erwin Bamps, CEO, Gulf Crafts Inc, Atul Temurnikar, Co-Founder, Global Indian International School (GIIS), Singapore, Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta IAS, Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals, India, B. Sriram, Managing Director, State Bank of India, Ritu Maheshwari IAS, CEO, REC Transmission Projects Co. Ltd., Fatma Buti Al-Mheiri, Chairwoman, Dubai Quality Group, Bindu S. Chettur, President, Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC), Dubai, Ramashankar Pandey, Managing Director, Hella India Lighting Ltd, O. N. Singh, Executive Chairman, Universal Sompo General Insurance. Co. Ltd., India, Dr. Swami Parthasarathy, Chancellor cum Chairman, Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management Research Foundation, Nagesh Suryanarayana, Managing Director, Protiviti Middle East Member Firm, UAE, Raj Chinai, Managing Director, Sobha Group Dubai, UAE, Rajesh Mishra, Chief Executive Officer, UFO Moviez India Limited, Sunil Sinha, Resident Director, MENA, Tata Sons, Mahmood Mohd Amin, CEO, World Security, UAE, Manish Kiri, Managing Director and Promoter, Kiri Industries Ltd, et al.

Institute Of Directors, India will be visiting again next year in 2018 with new thoughts and new agendas to bring together businesses and industry leaders from across the globe.


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