KAUST time-themed festival of science

Speakers at the festival include: Dr. Michael Young, Lando Norris, Jonathan Neale, Dava Sobel, Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, Dr. John Ellis, Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Dr. Juan Carlos Belmonte, Dr. Giulio Tononi, Dr. Karen Ashe, Dr. David Rooney, and Noëmi Daucé.
Updated 13 January 2019
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KAUST time-themed festival of science

What is the science behind our body’s biological clock? What role does it play in food, sleep, stress, how we age and even how we rejuvenate? Interested individuals can find out the answers to these questions and more at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology’s (KAUST) annual festival of science, the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP), running from Jan. 13-24.
Online audiences in the Kingdom and internationally have the opportunity to explore the topic of time by tuning into all of the keynote lectures, in addition to in-depth live interviews on Facebook and YouTube.
“Time is perhaps the most universal and unifying aspect of life. The inspiration for this year’s festival came from the idea of proposing reflection on how different aspects of what we measure or perceive as time impacts people and how science and culture can help to improve quality of life,” said Chair of the Winter Enrichment Program Dr. Valerio Orlando, professor of bioscience at KAUST.
“Visitors can also explore what we call consciousness, the basis of intelligence and representation of reality, the fundamental questions regarding the universe and those global values that we learn from history that make humanity one thing.”
The festival will play host to 12 keynote lectures by international experts on sleep, consciousness, nutrition, the universe, dreams, society and history, including a Nobel laureate, a McLaren Formula 1 racing driver as well as writers, artists, film makers, curators and creators. Keynote lectures are complemented by workshops, exhibitions, virtual reality and immersive displays.
Speakers at the KAUST festival of science include: Dr. Michael Young, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine; Lando Norris, Formula 1 Driver, McLaren; Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer, McLaren; Dava Sobel, best-selling author; Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, professor in the departments of astronomy and physics at Yale University; Dr. John Ellis, professor of theoretical physics, King’s College London; Dr. Paolo Sassone-Corsi, director of the Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism, University of California; Dr. Juan Carlos Belmonte, director of the Development and Stem Cells Biology Laboratories, Salk Institute; Dr. Giulio Tononi, professor and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness; Dr. Karen Ashe, director of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research; Dr. David Rooney, former curator of timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich; and Noëmi Daucé, chief curator at Louvre Abu Dhabi in-charge of archaeology.
“This exciting festival of expansive thinking, coordinated, programmed and produced by our university, will bring distinguished keynote speakers, thought leaders, guests, conversations, ideas, inspiration and new knowledge to our students, our faculty and many others throughout Saudi Arabia and internationally,” said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.


Bupa Arabia No. 1 in public disclosure & transparency

Updated 11 February 2019
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Bupa Arabia No. 1 in public disclosure & transparency

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance ranked No.1 in the “public disclosure and transparency” category of the Corporate Governance Index (CGI) rating for publicly listed companies.
The Corporate Governance Center (CGC) at the College of Business of Alfaisal University issues an annual report which includes the CGI rating based on sound corporate governance principles set by the CMA, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The most recent report, the second annual ratings, covering the 2016 fiscal year, ranked Bupa Arabia first under the public disclosure and transparency category.
“Bupa Arabia ensures robust public disclosure and transparency, in both Arabic and English, through a variety of platforms, including its website, annual reports, Tadawul announcements and others,” said Chief Risk Officer of Bupa Arabia Ali F. Hamdan.
“Good governance is essential for publicly listed Saudi companies in the increasingly competitive global market, and public disclosure and transparency is one of the most important principles of corporate governance,” he added.
Public disclosure and transparency are essential elements of a robust corporate governance framework as they provide the base for informed decision-making by shareholders, stakeholders and potential investors in relation to capital allocation, corporate transactions and financial performance monitoring. The importance of transparency has been widely recognized by both academics and market regulators, resulting in numerous rules and regulations being introduced by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to ensure timely and reliable disclosure of financial information, creating the standards and procedures for corporate governance of companies listed on the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul) so as to strengthen their standing in the international market.
Today, the CMA’s initiative to enhance public disclosure and transparency is taking on a new meaning resulting in more comprehensive and proactive disclosures instead of the release of corporate governance details or policies in a “reactive” fashion. The newly adopted concept of transparency putting more responsibility on the listed companies not only allows the truth to be available for the public but also imposes its disclosure to every stakeholder.
Transparency and strong corporate governance are needed in both domestic and international transactions and at all phases of investment. With the CMA’s new rules and regulations, companies have no choice but to push for good, transparent data availability. Rapid transparent data is becoming integral to the establishment of a reduced risk investment environment.
Saudi Arabia plans to uplift corporate governance and transparency practices as it plays a crucial role in reducing investor risk and increasing investment flows, especially after the CMA declared in April that deeper corporate governance reforms are required in line with global governance standards.