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DUBAI, 14th April, 2015 ) — Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Honorary Chairman of the Pearl Initiative, will honor three distinguished business leaders for their services to promoting a culture of corporate responsibility, fighting corruption and advancement of Arab women in leadership in the Gulf Region at a gala event in Dubai this week.

Dr. Abdullah A. Al Abdulkader, Vice President for Saudi Arabia’s National Anti-Corruption Commission, Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and Haifa Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman of the Arab International Women’s Forum, will receive the recognition at an event as part of the inaugural Pearl Initiative and United Nations Global Compact Forum on April 16th.

Dr. Abdullah Al Abdulkader will receive an honorable recognition for his efforts and dedication in fighting corruption. Established in 2011 by Royal decree in Saudi Arabia, the National Anti-Corruption Commission aims to protect integrity, combat corruption and create a work environment that is transparent, honest and equal in the organisations within the commission’s official mandate.

Georg Kell, a key architect of the UN Global Compact who has led the initiative since its founding in 2000, will be honored for his longstanding career in promoting corporate responsibility. With 8,000 corporate signatories in 145 countries, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

Haifa Al Kaylani will be recognised for a career dedicated to the advancement of Arab women in leadership. In 2001, Al Kaylani established The Arab International Women‘s Forum (AIWF), an independent not-for-profit organisation that has been an agent of change for women in the Arab region, encouraging their potential to take greater leadership roles and reach higher levels of responsibility in all sectors of business, public life and in civil society.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the inaugural Pearl Initiative and United Nations Global Compact Forum, will address the theme ‘Corporate Accountability Matters; Business Integrity and Value Creation Beyond 2015’, on April 16th at Dubai’s World Trade Centre.

The Forum aims to highlight the need for higher levels of corporate accountability, in order to drive sustainable development across the region to elevated standards.

It will also mark the launch of Pearl Initiative’s “Women’s Careers in the GCC: The CEO Agenda”. This extensive research report, which polled more than 600 business women across the GCC, aims to inform all business leaders about the existing landscape of women in business in the region, and provide insights and recommendations for attracting, retaining and developing more women into senior company positions across the GCC.

Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals. With 8,000 corporate signatories in 145 countries, it is the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.

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