23 Nov 2015
Mohammed Al Ardhi, Executive Chairman of Investcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products, delivered a keynote speech at the London Business School’s 14th Annual Middle East Conference focused on the theme of “Opportunities in Adversity” held in London on 20th November.
At the conference, Mr. Al Ardhi addressed an audience of diplomats, corporate executives, professionals, academics and students and provided his insights on the role that businesses, governments and societies can play in identifying and sustaining economic growth opportunities in the region. Other speakers included a range of diplomats and experts from the region, including former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, HE Dr Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. The keynote speaker at last year’s conference was Lubna S. Olayan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Olayan Financing Company.
Mohammed Al Ardhi drew on his personal experiences and spoke about leadership in various forms, from the position of individuals as well as the examples that can be set by communities and corporations. In particular, he discussed the importance of fostering a dynamic culture of entrepreneurship and the influence of educational experiences in building a solid foundation for future leaders.
Speaking at the conference, Mr. Al Ardhi said: “The value of education in shaping tomorrow’s leaders is paramount. The educational experience brings a new perspective that contributes greatly to any career. In business, knowledge is power, and success is difficult if you don’t know both your markets and clients very well.
“As the world continues to change, innovation will play a bigger role in the growth of companies. However, without higher mission and purpose it is difficult to inspire. And like so many things, this again comes back to values, integrity and living according to a code of conduct.”