Mapping the path forward

Mapping the path forward

The signs were obvious: the widening eyes and slight quiver of the lips; my mother was flustered and at a loss for words. The culprit? A simple question: “What is your child studying at university?” I was pursuing my M.Phil in Moden Middle Eastern Studies at the time and my mother, an ardent believer in … Continue reading

Digital Islamic Services: set for take off

Digital Islamic Services: set for take off

In 2015, Digital Islamic Services should reach an inflection point in its maturity cycle and start to take off across the Middle East region, a major development highlighted in Deloitte’s latest technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) predictions report for the Middle East. If global and regional online benchmarks are used, Deloitte estimates that within the … Continue reading

Television’s business model – Fit for a digital world

Television’s business model – Fit for a digital world

Deloitte’s 2015 Technology, Media and Telecommunications report assesses television’s current performance and outlook from the perspective of four developments: Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), sports, video clips and innovation. The assessment of each of these areas suggests that television remains in fine health, and its near-term outlook remains positive. SVOD is growing fast, but is currently less … Continue reading

When working becomes an illness

When working becomes an illness

It is in the early 1970’s that the term job burnout was first coined. It is particularly relevant nowadays, since it is considered as the occupational illness of the twenty first century. In the 2015 global human capital trends report, Deloitte recognizes that there are “soft areas such as culture, engagement, leadership and development that … Continue reading

Destination Dubai for real estate in 2015

Destination Dubai for real estate in 2015

In many ways, performance during 2014 and Deloitte’s predictions for Dubai’s real estate market in 2015 strongly put Dubai on the map as a destination from a number of different perspectives. Starting with the residential market, Dubai is considered a safe haven in the region and has been the destination for significant overseas investment. Deloitte … Continue reading

Trust me, I’m a real estate developer

Trust me, I’m a real estate developer

Trust and real estate rarely sit together, comfortably in the same sentence unless, of course, you’re talking about Real Estate Trusts and that could arguably be an oxymoron! Continuing in the same vein, real estate agents and those who deal in real estate are generally considered by the general public as sitting somewhere between lawyers … Continue reading

Women in the boardroom: the new reality?

Women in the boardroom: the new reality?

Stories about dystopias and post-apocalyptic worlds have erupted recently in both fiction and the big screen; stories where the norm, what is commonly accepted as normal, does not exist anymore – often following some type of revolution – and the survivors have to adjust and adapt to the new “reality” if they are to, well, … Continue reading

Keeping up with princely scams

Keeping up with princely scams

Lagos is, in its own way, a fantastic and vibrant city. It was there, 7 years ago, under the auspices of an internship, that I developed an interest in fraud, and, ultimately, forensics. That isn’t to say that Nigeria is correctly adjudged as the world’s epicenter of fraud. Fraud is a very international phenomenon. But … Continue reading