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HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum attends graduation of first Dubai EMBAs

Graduating students were the pioneers of the Dubai-based EMBA programme

Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Fiscal Committee and Chairman of Emirates Group, celebrated the graduation of the first ever cohort of Cass Business School Dubai Executive MBA (EMBA) students yesterday during a ceremony held at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School, commented on the success of the first group of Dubai-based EMBA students: Cass Business School has successfully offered Executive MBA programmes in London for several years now, and we are extremely proud that our first extension into the Middle East has been equally as rewarding. Judging by the achievements and the high calibre of the first cohort of graduates, the course will certainly serve the intellectual needs of the region and will allow executives to receive a world-class education at their doorstep.

HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of DIFC said: The availability of a large number of talented and skilled business professionals is crucial for our region to effectively take advantage of the opportunities that growth and change are bringing. DIFC has brought together a variety of programmes that enable professionals to benefit from the very best of global management thinking, research and practice. The availability of these programmes gives UAE and GCC Nationals an exceptional opportunity to obtain globally top-ranked executive education within the region. Programmes like the Cass Executive MBA help executives in the region develop a truly global outlook while equipping them with the knowledge necessary to make greater contributions to their businesses and economies.

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the DIFC Authority said: World class executive education programmes like Cass’s Executive MBA are crucial for business professionals to keep themselves at the forefront of the industry. The DIFC Centre of Excellence, from where Cass offers its programme, was established to bring together global programmes that can train and inspire professionals in developing new approaches to business challenges, and new business ideas and strategies. Partnering with global business schools like Cass Business School is part of DIFC’s efforts to develop a large pool of dynamic professionals who can fuel the growth of the region’s financial industry.

The Cass EMBA is a flexible part-time course aimed at managers in the Gulf region who want to accelerate their career development whilst remaining in full-time employment. The course is comprised of the same content as Cass’s London-based Executive MBA and students graduating from the first Dubai EMBA programme include top level executives from across the Gulf region, representing sectors including energy, engineering, finance, legal, government and telecommunications.

In addition to the graduation ceremony, a group of London-based Cass MBA students is currently visiting the UAE to study at first hand the unique characteristics of the Middle East business environment.  This international MBA elective is a five-day programme consisting of visits to leading companies, high-level presentations and discussions, and meetings with respected business leaders from a diversity of industries.

Visiting Abu Dhabi and Dubai from May 8 to 12, the delegation has been meeting industry figures such as Arup Mukkopadhyay, Executive Vice President and head of Consumer Banking at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank; Hala Badri, Executive Vice President of Brand and Communications at telecommunications service provider du; and Hishom Farouk, International Practice Partner at accounting firm Grant Thornton.

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HE Mr Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, pictured with Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass; Professor Roy Batchelor, Director of the Dubai EMBA programme; Ehsan Razavizadeh, Head of the Cass Dubai Representative office and the graduating Cass students.
Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, DIFC Authority, addresses the audience at the Cass Dubai graduation
(From left to right)
Marwan Ahmad Lutfi, Deputy CEO and Head of Business Development, DIFC Authority; Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School; HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Fiscal Committee and Chairman of Emirates Group; HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of the DIFC; HE Guy Warrington, General Counsel, British Embassy; Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, DIFC Authority; Faten Hani, CEO, Centre of Excellence, DIFC
(From left to right)
Ehsan Razavizadeh, Head of the Cass Dubai Representative Office; Marwan Ahmad Lutfi, Deputy CEO and Head of Business Development, DIFC Authority; Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass Business School; HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Fiscal Committee and Chairman of Emirates Group; HE Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Governor of the DIFC; and HE Guy Warrington, General Counsel, British Embassy







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