Most Promising Youth from MEASA Educated by Harvard Business School at Dubai International Financial Centre

Sunday 23 September 2018
Dubai - MENA Herald:

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), one of the world’s top financial centres and the leading financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, today kicked off the second edition of the successful Harvard Crossroads Emerging Leaders programme at DIFC, in collaboration with the Harvard Business School Club of the GCC.

The programme, which will run from 23 to 27 September 2018, is a unique, fully-funded career development scheme for accomplished and ambitious students. This year’s programme has attracted over 1,731 applications from 69 countries. The course addresses a variety of topics, including science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM), business and leadership.

The number of underprivileged students from across the MEASA region, who will take part in this year’s five-day intensive course developed by the South Asia Institute and Harvard Business School professors has increased to 70 from 50 in the first edition. The programme focuses on career and human capital development and will be delivered by Harvard Business School professors in The Academy at DIFC.

Among the professors for this year’s programme are Prof. Tarun Khanna, who teaches courses on strategy, corporate governance, and international business; and Prof. Karim Lakhani whose research examines crowd-based innovation models and digital transformation of companies and industries. Prof. Kristin Fabbe, whose primary expertise is in comparative politics will focus on the Middle East and South Eastern Europe, particularly Turkey; and Prof. Caroline Elkins whose research is focused on empire, violence, liberalism, and insecurity, will highlight Africa and various regions of the former British Empire including parts of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

The programme embodies the DIFC’s commitment to developing human capital. It will support the academic growth of participating students, all of whom will be the first in their family to attend university. 

“We are delighted to be hosting the second edition of the Harvard Crossroads Emerging Leaders programme, which will give the students a unique insight into the region’s business environment as well as offer them the chance to learn first-hand from professors from one of the world’s most prestigious universities,” said Alya Al Zarouni, Executive Vice President of Operations, DIFC Authority. “This programme embodies DIFC’s commitment to developing the diverse pool of talent needed to drive the UAE’s economy, ensure its competitiveness and sustain the nation’s long-term growth.”

Professor Tarun Khanna of Harvard Business School, said, “Through this programme, our collaboration with the DIFC has enabled Harvard to provide another platform for knowledge and accelerate the careers of ambitious young people with promising futures.”

During the inaugural programme last year, students experienced Harvard Business School’s case-study methods of teaching and learning and exploring real, contemporary business scenarios. They were also able to work with representatives of leading private and public entities, who took part in the programme and shared their expertise and experience.

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