“I learnt that being a leader is about having the strength to selflessly give back to your people by way of empowering them to become all that they can be. It’s the ability to form and see through a clear, noble, inspirational vision to base their effort on”
“I joined the London Business School (LBS) EMBA Dubai programme as a manager in a management consulting Big Four firm; by the time I graduated from the course I was a Director and General Manager within the same industry. Then, two years ago, I was headhunted for my current role as the CEO of a government-owned organisation in Dubai. Employing over 1,900 staff across the United Arab Emirates, I am responsible for the vision, strategy and profit & loss of my organisation, covering the turnaround and growth of the business with new service lines to establish us as a key player within our market.
I decided to take on the challenge of an EMBA whilst working full-time; this was the absolute catalyst in my career progression over the past eight years. The programme equipped me with the right knowledge, tools and confidence to pursue general management responsibilities and to be fearless of the challenges that come with them. Looking back and judging by the wealth of my knowledge right now, coming from a technical background with industry and professional services experience, my career progression would have been substantially slower. It would also have been compromised in terms of my performance, lacking the vital knowledge base that makes all that difference when it comes to educated decision-making.
The programme helped me to see through the noise of human behaviour and to focus on what matters most when it comes to managing people, and equipped me with the right tools, methodologies and mindset that can make change initiatives successful. I learnt that being a leader is about having the strength to selflessly give back to your people by way of empowering them to become all that they can be. It’s the ability to form and see through a clear, noble, inspirational vision to base their effort on. There is nothing more powerful than a group of people driven to succeed for a better future and to be useful to each other while belonging to an honorable-cause community. Above all, the EMBA gave me the confidence to dare to experiment, learning through the process and moving forward stronger and wiser.”
“The quality of education, the brand, the quality of the network, the giving back through student and alumni engagement activity, the life-long friendships; all contribute in their own special way”
“The network in the Middle East consists of an exceptionally diverse community of 1,700+ professionals, full of intellect and promise, covering all sectors and industries, cultures, mindsets, dreams and aspirations. There is immense potential in this community as a powerful unit that creates long-term sustainable value for every single one of its members.
I am President of the Gulf Association, the official LBS alumni community in the Middle East, and a member of the International Alumni Committee, serving alumni at a global level. During graduation I was awarded by the school for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution for setting up the student association for my region. Giving back is a cornerstone of value creation for the school and the alumni community. The quality of education, the brand, the quality of the network, the giving back through student and alumni engagement activity, the life-long friendships; all contribute in their own special way. I would say though, that the way you leverage the network through those special relationships makes all the difference in the value you create for yourself in the long-term.”