Executives must realize that the previous era of financial capitalism ended with the global crisis in 2008. Clients, asset owners, and the general public are looking for the industry to return to its core purpose of serving the greater good, providing value to society so that economies and communities' thrive.
The Middle East is a key region of interest because although increasing numbers of women are receiving a good standard of education, the region still lags behind on the core issue of economic equality. On a global scale, the latest figures from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report show that although the gender gap in education is 93% closed, the gap in economic equality has closed by only 60%.
During the 15 years in which I have worked in the financial services industry there have been several times when I have found myself in a minority. Early on in my career I was one of only a few Brits working on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Grand Cayman - a small island with amazing beaches, a large expat population and some very nice cocktails!
Don't you just love Tory Britain? It seems that everyone except big business and the most affluent should bear the brunt of austerity, a botched economic theory which has failed whenever it has been applied. While ordinary folk are suffering from austere Osbornomics, the rich and big business are rubbing their hands with increased profits and bonuses.