Harvard Business School runs executive education programme for financial executives in GCC region


Dubai –Institute of Banking Studies (IBS) – Kuwait announced commencement of its executive education programme for banking and finance professionals in the GCC region, in collaboration with Harvard Business School and the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS). Dr Mohammad Yousef Al Hashel, Governor of Central Bank of Kuwait and Chairman of Board of IBS inducted the programme in Dubai.

Aimed at enhancing the skills of GCC national workforce, the programme is in its ninth year, and is held annually in a different country within the region, with Muscat hosting the 2017 programme. Entitled ‘Leading Strategy Execution in Financial Services’, the 2018 programme targets upper and middle management teams and department heads at banks and other financial institutions. Running until February 1, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, the sessions will integrate themes of strategic management and leadership.

Speaking about the course, Professor Yaqoub S Y Alrefaei, Director General of IBS – Kuwait, said: “As part of the institute’s series of strategic development projects, the initiative aims to enhance skills of the Kuwaiti and GCC national workforce within banking industry with a focus on executives. Since its inception in Kuwait in 2010, the executive programme has enjoyed tremendous success. “

He added: “We extend our gratitude to Kuwait’s banks, Central Bank of Kuwait, regional banking community and EIBFS for supporting our programme. Building the capacities of talented nationals in the banking and finance sector as well as collaborating with other countries of GCC region in the areas of training and development remain among our top priorities.”

Participants of the executive programme will focus on various areas of management, such as tackling challenges faced by today’s senior financial executives, organisational alignment, process management as well as the role of communication skills in fostering productive work relationships.

Case studies presented by Harvard Business School, used at multiple universities and executive development institutions around the world, will be a primary learning tool throughout the course. In addition to banking and finance case studies, the curriculum will include case studies from other industries to diversify the learning experience.

Banking professionals will participate in interactive group activities for the duration of the program. Upon completion of the course, graduates will receive a Harvard Business School certificate.



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