Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Horasis Award "Arab Business Leaders of the Year 2010"
A jury consisting of the leading international management consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and the global visions community Horasis have awarded three outstanding entrepreneurs for building and leading successful global firms of Arab origin. This year's winners are Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group; Dr. Mohamed Elmandjra, CEO of Meditél; and Dr. Tidu Maini, Executive Chairman of Qatar Science & Technology Park. The awards were presented at the Global Arab Business Meeting held in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, from September 26 to September 27.
"The award winners reflect the growing economic importance of the Arab region within an increasingly globalized world," states Michael Wette, Managing Partner at Roland Berger's Manama office. All three businessmen studied abroad and also started their careers away from their home countries. They later returned to enrich the Arab economy with their global expertise.
Dr. Naif A. Al-Mutawa is the Founder and CEO of Kuwait's Teshkeel Media Group and creator of the comic book series "THE 99". The company provides positive children's content with a local focus, such as with THE 99's proprietary superhero concept, which seeks to improve understanding across different cultures.
Dr. Mohamed Elmandjra is the CEO of Meditél in Morocco, the country's second largest telecom operator and one of its largest companies overall. Due to Dr. Elmandjra's dedication, the company gained 6 points of market share, reversing years of underperformance. France Télécom recently acquired a 40 percent stake in Meditél and aims to drive the future growth of the company.
Dr. Tidu Maini is the Executive Chairman of Qatar Science & Technology Park with the purpose of supporting Qatar as it becomes a "post-carbon economy". Due to the innovative impact of QSTP and especially Dr. Maini's efforts, companies and institutes from around the world are developing and commercializing their technology in Qatar.
The awards were presented at the Global Arab Business Meeting, the first of a series of annual gatherings of Arab business leaders and their global counterparts. Some 300 CEOs from Arab countries and the rest of the world joined the event to discuss the topic "Globalization of the Arab Firms". This year's meeting addresses the role of the United Arab Emirates in close connection with the global economy. "Being in close contact with Arab firms and entrepreneurs is a future key success factor for doing business on a global level," says Torsten Oltmanns, Partner and Global Marketing Director, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
The event's distinguished speakers include H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah; Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Quasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, UAE; Vayalar Ravi, Union Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, India; and Moh'd Abu-Hammour, Minister of Finance of Jordan.
About the Horasis meeting:
The meeting is a Horasis leadership event, co-hosted by the Ras al-Khaimah Investment Authority – and co-organized by the All Indian Management Association, Arab Business Club, CEO Clubs UAE and Young Presidents Organization. Horasis (www.horasis.org) is a global visions community committed to turning visions of a sustainable future into reality. Horasis is using its unrivalled history of global partnerships with leading firms to create a powerful platform for worldwide cooperation and exchange.
About Roland Berger:
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, founded in 1967, is one of the world's leading strategy consultancies. With 36 offices in 25 countries, the company has successful operations in all major international markets. In 2009, it generated EUR 616 million in revenues with around 2,000 employees. The strategy consultancy is an independent partnership exclusively owned by about 180 Partners.