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Attracting right talent for thriving business

Yoga on the office roof, bring your dog to work, lunch by a five-star chef, nap pods for a quick siesta—these playful perks have become an all too familiar approach as a means to entice the very best candidates in the market. Consider these measures a result of an evolving work model, or a shift …

Sarah Jones

Is there an end to tragic fate of Syrian refugees in Lebanon?

The influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon which started in 2011 following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war has created a serious problem not only for Lebanon but for the refugees themselves. Lebanon currently has the largest number of refugees per capita in the world, with one refugee per four Lebanese. The stress on …

Cesar Chelala

Trump in Middle Eastern eyes

When Trump walked into the White House in January 2017, panic spread like a bonfire, not only amongst US liberal circles – whatever their understanding of “liberal” might be – but also all across the globe, from Canada to Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and eventually the Middle East as well. In American politics there were …

Mohamed Shirin El Hawary

Digital banking gains momentum in Egypt

In the embrace of new technology, every step counts in Egypt’s digital transformation, according to Jacques-Emmanuel Blanchet CEO, HSBC Egypt. Egypt’s banking architecture is getting a digital upgrade. Efficiency and personalisation are at the top of the list of preferences as one of the world’s oldest civilisations undergoes a very modern disruption. Progress and change Two …

Jacques-Emmanuel Blanchet

Human experience still at the heart of digital transformation

Machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IOT) are transcending from buzzwords to hard reality. As organisations invest millions into their IT estate, it can seem easy to forget the importance that humans play in the future of technology. After all, it is still humans who decide whether technology is adding …

Paul Mountford

Making the Middle East a safe environment for crypto investing

This year the blockchain industry has evolved, infiltrated traditional sectors, become more credible through increased regulation, and seen blockchain hubs of innovation cemented in smaller jurisdictions. The features that the blockchain industry has adopted now mirror that of a more mature space, such as the widening breadth of professional services, the mainstream adoption of crypto …

Frank Wagner

A simple lesson of peace

As a writer on human rights issues, I do not lack reasons for concern. Nowadays, in many countries, human rights are abused, and violence strikes in one of its multiple forms. Although writing topics are plentiful, this situation is especially upsetting for anybody who yearns to live in a peaceful world. At such moments, when …

Cesar Chelala

Public Relations: Survival

Public relations is about survival. For me, public relations is life, and the essence of all I do. When I talk about public relations I don’t talk about a profession, I talk about a passion. It is a passion that I believe is a necessity to be able only not to promote one’s self and …

Salah El Din Aloui

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Italy in maelstrom of euro

The country’s GDP currently stands at €1.75tn and its growth rates are extremely anaemic, reaching just 0.9%. real per capita gross domestic product (GDP), according to reliable calculations

Isidoros Karderinis

What will future universities look like?

Many years ago, people started looking for online learning solutions to replace or complement their on-campus education. However, there are some trends that started to rise in the past 10 years that worsens the status even more.

Ahmed El-Sharkasy

Life devoted to searching for her abducted granddaughter 

On 20 August 2018, María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani (“Chicha”) died in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province. She was 94-years-old and for 42 years had been searching for her granddaughter Clara Anahí. On 24 November 1976, Clara Anahí had been abducted by the military when they took away her parents and later killed them. Since …

Cesar Chelala