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Cambridge Judge Business School and the Pearl Initiative launch Senior Executive Leadership & Trust programme in Dubai

10 March 2015

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Cambridge Judge Business School and the Pearl Initiative, the leading independent private sector-led, not-for-profit institution working across the region to influence and …

Cambridge Judge Business School and the Pearl Initiative, the leading independent private sector-led, not-for-profit institution working across the region to influence and improve corporate accountability and transparency, have announced a two-day intensive Senior Leadership and Trust Programme for Middle East business leaders, to be held in Dubai on 23-24 March 2015.

The Address Hotel and Dubai Downtown at dusk. United Arab Emirat

Trust is essential to the success of companies, other organisations and a business leader’s own effectiveness, so the programme will focus on trust and leadership at all levels – including corporate governance, organisational performance and behavioural economics.

The Dubai programme has been designed by the Executive Education division of Cambridge Judge Business School, and will be taught by Cambridge Judge faculty experts Dr Philip Stiles, University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance and Co-Director of the Centre of International Human Resource Management, and Dr Khaled Soufani, Senior Teaching Faculty in Finance and Director of the Cambridge Executive MBA programme.

Dr Stiles’ research and teaching have focused extensively on the interaction of innovative human resource practices and organisational outcomes, and Dr Soufani’s work includes research on financial management, corporate restructuring and family businesses.

The Pearl Initiative brings to the programme its expertise in improving corporate accountability and transparency as the leading independent, not-for-profit by-business for-business organisation working across the Gulf region of the Middle East. The Pearl Initiative’s activities include programmes, forums and regional insight publications in areas including corporate governance in family firms, anti-bribery and corruption, diversity in leadership teams and integrated reporting.

“Trust is absolutely crucial to the establishment of business and personal relationships that provide the foundations for business and other organisations, and contribute to broader societal goals,” said Peter Hiscocks, Chief Executive Officer of Executive Education at Cambridge Judge Business School. “We are very pleased to team up with the Pearl Initiative to offer this programme on trust and leadership to executives and other business leaders throughout the Middle East. The programme also builds on the success of other projects and initiatives of our Cambridge Middle East Research Centre.”

Imelda Dunlop, Executive Director of the Pearl Initiative, said:

Trust, integrity and strong leadership are vital components for building healthy business environments, which in turn boost economic growth and competitiveness. By partnering with the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, we are delighted to host this exclusive and high-level two-day programme to provide regional business leaders with practical knowledge drawn from the School’s long-standing expertise on these important topics.

The two-day programme in Dubai will examine how to build trust in an inter-connected, globalised world in which boundaries between businesses and employees, suppliers and competitors are increasingly porous, so leaders need to build up their powers of trust and persuasion. Participants will also focus on their individual leadership development, and develop plans to sharpen those skills through interaction with the Cambridge teachers.