Current Sponsors

Thomson Reuters (2014 - 2016)

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

For more information, go to http://thomsonreuters.com

With a workforce of over 1,000 employees, 44 branches & retail shops region-wide, more than 1 million customers and 2015 gross written premium of over US$ 963 million, AXA is one of the largest international player in the GCC. Present in the region for more than 65 years, AXA in the Gulf offers a wide range of insurance products and services for corporate, SME and individual customers. The company has been awarded General Insurance Company of the Year for 2nd consecutive year and Health Insurance Company of the Year at the 2015 Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA), Insurer of the Year and Personal Lines insurer in 2016 at the MENA Insurance Awards and Best Motor Insurance Product by the Banker Middle East in both UAE & KSA. 

As part of AXA’s Corporate Responsibility and its commitment to building better understanding about the health risks faced by individuals and the society, the company achieved a new Guinness world record for the most blood cholesterol readings in 8 hours at a single venue in 2014.

Website: www.axa-gulf.com

ABOUT THE AXA GROUP

The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 161,000 employees serving 103 million clients in 59 countries. In 2015, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 99.0 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 5.6 billion. AXA had Euro 1,363 billion assets under management as of December 31, 2015.

The AXA ordinary share is listed on compartment A of Euronext Paris under the ticker symbol CS (ISN FR 0000120628 – Bloomberg: CS FP – Reuters: AXAF.PA). AXA’s American Depository Share is also quoted on the OTC QX platform under the ticker symbol AXAHY.

The AXA Group is included in the main international SRI indexes, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4GOOD.

It is a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.

 Website: www.axa.com

Omnicom Media Group

Omnicom Media Group is the media services division of the Omnicom Group Inc., a leading global advertising and marketing communications service holding headquartered in New York. Here in the Middle East, we support and overlook the performance of our network operations and centers of excellence.

Our network operations and centers of excellence provide strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing and other specialty communications services. By creating and using best-in-class technology, we’re enhancing our clients’ market performance, delivering better insights, strategy, planning, buying and reporting.

KPMG (2016)

As one of the leading professional services firms in the UAE, we are proud of our reputation for delivering cutting-edge solutions and exceptional client value. With over 60 partners and directors leading 750 professionals across five offices, we work shoulder to shoulder with our clients, offering independent audit, tax and advisory services to business corporations, government bodies and not for profit organizations.

KPMG is an employer of choice, renowned for its leading people development practices and for its deep commitment to supporting the wider business community. KPMG's Business Academy provides training and development solutions to clients across the Middle East. Our Business Academy represents the expertise, knowledge and experience of the 174,000 professionals in 155 countries who make up the KPMG global network.

We are proud to be associated with REACH, which aims to support and develop the skills of female professionals in financial services and related sectors.

Cisco

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success.

The concept of solutions being driven to address specific customer challenges has been with Cisco since its inception. Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols; and as a result of solving their challenge - the multi-protocol router was born.

Since then Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners and has become the worldwide leader in networking - transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

Virgin

Virgin Megastore is a global entertainment brand, and the leading lifestyle retail destination in the Middle East & North Africa region. Since its establishment in the UAE in 2001, Virgin Megastore set a constant target of establishing and expanding its Middle East presence as well as its product offering to fulfill growing trends and expectations in the region.

A one-stop shop for all entertainment needs, covering cultural entertainment products such as music, movies, and books, as well as other product categories including electronics & accessories, gaming, fashion & accessories, gifts & toys, and much more. Virgin Megastore has created a whole new experience in entertainment retail by balancing international trends while catering to local cultures across the region. This is done through continuous evolution in the brand experience and range, as well as constant support for the regional art scene. Virgin Megastore is truly a global brand with local flavor.


Previous Sponsors

Sayyidaat Dentons (2015, 2016)

Sayyidaat Dentons means women in Arabic. Sayyidaat Dentons is Dentons' Middle East professional women’s network. It aims to connect the firm's professional women with other professional women across industry sectors, creating a community to support and build the success of women both within the firm and across the region. The founding partners are Catherine Beckett, Corporate and Commercial Partner (Dubai) and Sadaf Buchanan, Banking and Finance Partner (Muscat).

About Dentons
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2014 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, CIS and the Caucasus, the UK and the US.

For more information, go to http://www.dentons.com/

CH2M HILL (2015, 2016)

Since the 1970s, CH2M HILL has operated in the Middle East, North Africa and India (MENAI) and has since grown since grown to 18 offices and over 2400 employees. CH2M HILL is working on some of the most iconic infrastructure programs in the region including the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup™, the Abu Dhabi Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP), the Inner Doha Re-sewerage Integrated System (IDRIS) project and the Abu Dhabi Shah Gas Development.

Headquartered in the USA, CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations and programme management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environment, nuclear, energy, facilities and urban environments, employing over 25,000 worldwide with a revenue of USD 6 billion.

POND's (2015)

Pond’s is a brand which has long stood for empowering women and celebrating femininity for over 150 years across the globe. Research has shown that women in the Middle East sacrifice their dreams at an early age in order to start a family which leads them on to believe it is too late to reignite their goals. The Pond’s Celebrating Women’s Achievements Initiative is aimed at giving women the chance to realize that it is never too late to realize your goals, let alone achieve them. This year, Pond’s is giving women the opportunity to connect with a team of professional women who have excelled in several fields: Humanitarian, Education and Entrepreneurship and obtain support in the form of mentorship. Pond’s strongly believes that the world would be a better place if we stopped idealizing beauty and started celebrating and empowering women instead.

ING Investment Management Middle East (2014)

ING Investment Management offers a team of professionals who have an understanding of local market conditions, and extensive knowledge of a broad range of investment strategies and solutions that best allow them to cater to their clients’ needs. Corporate responsibility is an integral part of ING’s strategy, culture and operations. Globally, as an organisation they integrate environmental and social responsibility in their daily business practice by offering sustainable products and services across the board. In alignment with their global corporate responsibility objectives, the regional office of ING Investment Management is engaging in the local community by supporting learning initiatives for women and children.

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