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Dr Philip Stiles teaching on the Pearl Initiative programme

Since 2007 we have been working with organisations across the Middle East to develop tailored executive education programmes and to conduct world class research and deep engagement action research aligned to our clients' needs that often leads to radical change. Our experience covers both private and public sector organisations; working with government bodies, civil services, not-for-profit organisations and educational organisations.

UAE Prime Minister's Office

Public Sector Innovation

Commissioned by the United Arab Emirate (UAE) Government's newly-formed Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, this high-profile programme marks the UAE 'year of innovation' and supports their aim to make the nation one of the most innovative in the world by 2021. Innovation is not only the focus of the agenda but is also at the heart of the pedagogical approach to the six-module public sector innovation programme of action-based learning.

Six project teams, each supporting one of the six pillars of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda, are tasked with implementing, by the end of the one-year programme in April 2016, governmental initiatives focusing on public policy, innovation and efficient public service with the ultimate aim to deliver value to people within the UAE. The programme participants are senior-level government officials, drawn from across the UAE's 47 federal government ministries and local government departments, most of whom are current or aspiring Chief Innovation Officers within their entities.

Pearl Initiative

Senior Leadership & Trust

In 2015 we worked in collaboration with the Pearl Initiative, the leading independent private sector-led, not-for-profit institution working across the Gulf Region of the Middle East to influence and improve corporate accountability and transparency, to deliver a two-day intensive Senior Leadership and Trust Programme for Middle East business leaders.

The Dubai programme focused on trust and leadership at all levels - including corporate governance, organisational performance and behavioural economics. The programme was designed to help participants to focus on their individual leadership development and build up their powers of trust and persuasion in an inter-connected, globalised world in which boundaries between businesses and employees, suppliers and competitors are increasingly porous.

The programme was taught by Cambridge Judge Business School 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.

HSBC Dubai


In April 2015 Executive Education and HSBC Bank in the Middle East delivered the inaugural HSBC Leadership Programme for high potential Emirati mid-level managers from both the private and public sectors. The two-week course, attended by 19 individuals from companies including Masdar, Fly Dubai and SENAAT, as well as HSBC, encompassed a range of interdisciplinary topics focusing on a mix of management, leadership and business fundamentals.

Participants in the programme were nominated by their organisations based on their potential to become future leaders, and had to have received top tier performance evaluation ratings in the last year. This programme has been designed to foster the growth of UAE Nationals to lead organisations across the country in the future.

HSBC has created a platform with this programme that allows us to develop our leadership skills and provides us the opportunity to take our careers to new heights. A particular facet that sets it apart from others, is that we have been invited to join Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education's alumni network, which will be an invaluable stepping stone and will provide us ongoing support throughout our careers.

Mohamed Hassan Ali Salem, one of the delegates from Fly Dubai

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

Innovation Challenge 2016

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has partnered with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education to deliver the KFAS Innovation Challenge 2016. The challenge will begin November 2015 in Kuwait and will conclude in May 2016 in Cambridge. The programme will see participants from 10 pre-selected private sector companies in Kuwait focus on innovation and its impact on business.

The six-month programme includes workshop, teaching models, webinars, presentations, case studies and debates with Cambridge Judge Business School senior faculty. During the programme participants will learn about innovation theories and how to translate these principles into practice to benefit their organisations.

Project teams will embark on a "real-life" innovation journey that will embed innovation learning through practical application and will result in innovation initiatives that can add real value and impact to their companies.


Leadership & Innovation Management

Leadership and innovation management were the main themes of the three-day Investcorp Leadership Programme, which took place in Cambridge in April 2015 and was attended by 32 young Arab professionals from across Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.

As a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products, the programme supported Investcorp's on-going commitment to further develop human capital in the Gulf by providing a platform to foster knowledge sharing and promote understanding of critical issues influencing the world. The programme was designed to enhance the capabilities and contribute to the knowledge and leadership skills of future Arab leaders and offered the participants key insights and learning into leadership, trust, innovation and sustainability.

The Programme concluded with the final day spent at the Investcorp Group's London office where the participants engaged with Rishi Kapoor, Investcorp's Chief Financial Officer, in an interactive session. They also attended a presentation by the Corporate Investment Europe team.