Cass Business School, part of City University London, hosted an executive education event in association with Wits Business School, for 46 senior South African executives. The aim of the event was to share the strategic knowledge of Dubai’s success as a resurgent, growing economy, and it’s positioning as an international financial hub and one of the most influential cities in the world.
The event was held in the Cass Business School’s Dubai Centre in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the financial and business hub connecting the region’s emerging markets with the markets of Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Speaking on the side lines of the event, Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director & Head of Dubai Centre Cass Business School, City University London commented, “We have been delighted to be part of Wits Business School ‘International Executive Development Programme’ and host the South African delegation. It has been a great knowledge sharing experience. Our institution, situated in the DIFC, is the perfect location to hold an event which highlights Dubai’s strengths and the challenges it has overcome, to become one of the most influential cities in the world, because the DIFC is such an integral part of Dubai’s success story.”
The event included an introductory presentation from Mr Kailash Nagdev, Former Director – Group Strategy of Falcon and Associates touching on Dubai’s buoyant current outlook, the Emirate’s future strategy, and how it plans to achieve its goals. The workshop sessions continued with Mr Rehan Pathan, Managing Director Takseem, and Mr Inam Saleem, Managing Director and founder of 800 Inc. discussing the entrepreneurship opportunities in the GCC. Dina Haddad, Manager of Business Entities, DIFCA followed with a summary of Dubai’s financial hub.
Conrad Viedge, International Executive Development Programme Director, Wits Business School said, “Wits Business School is very pleased with our association with Cass Business School in Dubai. Cass delivered a compressive day of presentations for our visiting group of 46 executives on our international study tour to Dubai. The presentations gave a deep insight into Dubai and rest of the UAE, and this was a real eye opener for South Africans. The presentations highlighted the rapid growth of Dubai through the business orientation of the government which creates a virtuous circle for the economy.”
In the afternoon, Head of MENA Research of Emirates NBD, Khatija Haque, provided an economic overview of the UAE for the senior African executives. Concluding the session, Jahanara Sajjad Ahmad, from Hawkamah, the Institute for Corporate Governance, held a discussion on the importance corporate governance in the GCC market, and how it is helping the region become an international heavyweight.