Regional Perspectives on Leadership in a Global Crisis

This high-level webinar, part of the special Academy Series on Uniting Business against COVID-19, took place on May 12, 2020.

The special UN Global Compact Academy series on business and COVID-19 took a trip around the world to spotlight perspectives on leadership in a global crisis across six regions. Throughout the sessions, participants called for a strong multilateral approach to lead the world out of this crisis. Each session emphasized the importance of blending regional efforts to coordinate sustainable and locally-led solutions to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The impact of COVID-19 is multi-faceted and presents an opportunity for the private sector to redefine its role as a responsible force for good. This involves flexibility, humility, and adaptation, including thinking outside of the box to strengthen multilateralism and south-south cooperation. As businesses are faced with the challenge of protecting workers and ensuring continuity, they are encouraged to explore new opportunities for impact investing and use technology to integrate regional efforts to recover better.

The Middle East Spotlight Session

On May 12, the Middle East Webinar on Leadership in a Global Crisis addressed the exacerbating economic challenges in the region, as a result of COVID-19. Together, the panelists brainstormed for solutions to maintain the previous sustainability efforts and achievements, and for ways which the region’s business community can still achieve the Sustainable Development Goals amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are proud to announce that Ms. Maissa Abou Adal, Board Member of Holdal Group, and an active member of the UN Global Compact Network Lebanon (GCNL) participated as a panelist among other leaders in the Middle East region

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The Middle East Session on Leadership in the Global Crisis
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