Switzerland based, IMD, the top-ranked business school focused on executive education, successfully completed its program in the UAE with Albatha Group
Dubai, April 21st, 2015: Switzerland based, IMD, the top-ranked business school focused on executive education, successfully completed its program in the UAE with Albatha Group, one of the most respected conglomerates in UAE, with interests in diversified business sectors. IMD led a two-day management program that focused on ’Delivering Today while Building the Future’ and corporate strategy in the new era. IMD faculty members, including Program Director Professor Howard Yu, led the management training for Albatha’s 50 top executives and some invited guests from Government and Industry.
“This program with IMD was an important step towards Albatha becoming a ‘learning organization’ that enables us to continue pursuing our strategy for growth while professionalizing ourselves. Albatha earlier this year also conducted more than 100 training sessions in 3 days for over 6,100 employees across the group companies during the annual Albatha Learning Festival 2015. We aim to promote this learning culture across our organization” said Ishaque Noor, Managing Director of Albatha.
In the pre-program phase, experts from IMD conducted interviews with several participants to analyze the educational needs and then develop a custom-made program. As one of the respected private business holdings in the UAE, Albatha is striving to expand its existing growth. To support this process as effectively as possible, the IMD customized program for Albatha’s diverse businesses in various economic sectors. In these sessions, the participants could develop business strategies for their respective sectors and discuss change management.
Professor Howard Yu of IMD, commented, “I am delighted by the success of one of the most interesting executive education programs run by IMD in the Middle East. The intensive analysis before and during the session has provided us with many new insights about doing business in the region that will support our development of future programs. Especially, the individual coaching sessions allowed executives to examine and develop their respective strategies. It was a great learning exercise for us as well. The Middle East is a exciting market and it’s a privilege that IMD has such collaboration”.
“Programs such as the one led by IMD, has enabled us to support leadership and growth in our company. The continuous development of our employees is very important at Albatha, so we provide annual learning opportunities for each employee. Albatha is an organization that demonstrates transparency by sharing knowledge and responsibility to create a culture where everyone is able to contribute freely. Open and honest, adding value to others, being ethical in whatever it does. Practical risk-taking is encouraged and mistakes are seen as an inevitable part of the creative process,” added Mr.Noor.
Albatha Group, comprises of 30 group companies spread across seven industry sectors i.e. automotive, consumer, engineering, home products, real estate, healthcare, household and personal care.
Albatha business is spread across the Middle East and North Africa region with a distribution network that expands from the Indian sub continent to Europe. Albatha represents over 200 international corporations serving them with their business and branding needs in the most effective and professional manner.