Stax hosts webinar to shed light on Management consulting in the 21st Century
Leading global management consulting firm Stax recently conducted a webinar on ‘Management Consulting in the 21st Century’, providing a comprehensive overview of trends in the profession and its future growth potential. The webinar drew over 200 participants as the excellent lineup of panelists shed light on the evolution of the consulting field and also spoke to the need for adopting international best practices. The session was insightful for both newcomers to the field as well as experienced professionals, with opportunities for growth and innovation in the field being discussed.
“The infusion of new blood into the profession is an essential process”, stated Stax Managing Director Dr. Kumudu Gunasekera, kicking off the webinar. “As one of the foremost organizations in the field of Management Consulting, we see it as our responsibility to raise the standard of the entire industry. This webinar is aimed at experienced professionals and new entrants alike, aiming to give them knowledge to steer their careers, transform themselves and make a mark, especially at one of the most dramatic times in human history.”
The panel for the event included Prabodha Shawn Silva, a mechanical engineer turned management consultant, counting 16+ years’ experience. He provided a snapshot of the evolution of management consulting while also outlining its importance in the business world. For those looking to enter the field, he specifically highlighted how one can leverage their varied backgrounds and skills for a successful career in consulting.
Thivanka Bandara, a young leader at Stax with 9+ years of experience, enlightened the audience on multiple growth opportunities at Stax. He highlighted how the organization has structured its key practices, allowing individuals to carve their own career journey, from a very early stage, based on individual competencies. Stax Alumni Firaz Markar, a veteran consultant with over 14 years in the field, elaborated on the positive professional and personal transformations witnessed throughout his career. The honing of many useful and transferrable skills such as being solution-oriented and applying structured thinking, were some core areas discussed by Firaz.
Rashmi Peiris Paranavitane, CFA with over 15 years of experience, stressed the importance of personal autonomy and having the tenacity to carve your own path, in order to be successful in this demanding field. She elaborated that while the ‘Working from Home’ trend necessitated by the pandemic has been challenging for many—especially for those simultaneously caring for young children at home—that there have also been unprecedented opportunities for individuals to redefine their own work-life balance, and that companies will be expected to continue making allowances for more flexible work environments.
As businesses emerge from the COVID-19 crisis new ideas, tools, work processes, and frameworks will be essential for navigating this ‘Great Reset.’. Stax Inc. is a global management consulting firm, headquartered in Boston and offices in Chicago, New York, and Colombo. With more than 25 years of experience, Stax advises the world’s largest public and private corporations, private equity firms and their portfolio companies across a broad range of industries covering 40+ international markets. With a growing client base in Sri Lanka, including diversified conglomerates, blue-chip industry leaders, large family businesses, government organizations, and NGOs, Stax inspires organizations to dream big, think outside the box, and complement gut-based decision-making with fact-based research. For more information, please visit www.stax.com.
Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+
Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.
Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.
Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.
In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.
The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.
Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.
Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector
Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’
Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.
Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services (www.sirajmanpower.lk) has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.
“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.
Direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake to commence from August
A special discussion between Turkish Ambassador – Demet Sekercioglu and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva took place last week at the ministry office. The aim of the discussion was to seek authorization to commence direct flights from the Turkish Capital Istanbul to Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The Chief of Turkish Airlines’ South Asia Office Fathi Bozkurt was also present during the discussion.
Currently, Turkish Airlines connects with Sri Lanka through a route that includes a stopover in the Maldives, resulting in an additional travel time of one and a half hours. The delay caused by this routing is not favored by travelers, as emphasized by the Ambassador.
The Chief of Turkish Airlines requested for time and space to be allocated in order to initiate direct flights between Istanbul and Katunaike, thus providing convenience for Turkish tourists and travelers who prefer visit Sri Lanka.
The Minister announced that the request would be forwarded to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited. The aim is to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake starting from August this year.
Turkish Airlines, a renowned airline with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, offers flights connecting Europe’s Vancouver and New York. The Chief of Turkish Airlines said that the new service would not only benefit European travelers but also encourage them to travel to Sri Lanka.
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