Majid Al Futtaim Ventures Scholarship Program Selects Its Next Aspiring Business Leader

09 Mar 2015

High Potential Leaders Initiative Provides Ambitious Employees Opportunity to Accelerate Careers through Executive MBA Program 

Dubai, UAE: Majid Al Futtaim group, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, has selected the next recipient of its ‘High Potential Leaders’ scholarship program. In line with the group's vision of creating great moments for everyone, every day, the initiative aims to nurture business leaders by funding an Executive MBA (EMBA) program at the prestigious London Business School – this year’s recipient is Omar Al Banna, Sales and Marketing Director at Majid Al Futtaim’s Leisure & Entertainment division, who began his journey in January.

Omar Al Banna is the second High Potential Leader to be supported by Majid Al Futtaim Ventures’ High Potential Leader program, following in the footsteps of Mohammad El Etri, Head of Operations for Majid Al Futtaim Fashion. Eleven months into the program, Mohammed notes: “The EMBA program has encouraged me adopt a truly global perspective, whilst developing a strategic awareness to be able to critically evaluate situations before making decisions. I am indebted to Majid Al Futtaim Ventures and its High Potential Leader program as it has allowed me to develop the knowledge, skills, behaviors and confidence to make a success of whatever challenges lie ahead in the global business world.”

Ahmed Galal Ismail, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures commented: “Majid Al Futtaim Ventures is a firm believer in investing in developing the career potential of our valuable resources, and the High Potential Leaders program underscores our commitment to shaping our future leaders.As an employer of choice, this program is a shining example of how Majid Al Futtaim Ventures lives by its philosophy of creating great moments by starting from within - I would like to congratulate our two high calibre candidates for leading by example.”     

The High Potential Leaders scholarship program was launched by Majid Al Futtaim Ventures in 2013 in partnership with London Business School with the objective to promote leadership and business acumen amongst its most ‘high calibre’ employees. The candidate selection process is a rigorous one, and those eligible to apply need to progress through several stages including interviews, a presentation to Majid Al Futtaim Ventures senior management and a final review by the Group CEO, Ahmed Galal Ismail. Following this, with Majid Al Futtaim Ventures’ endorsement, the final candidate starts the formal application and essay submission process for the 20-month EMBA program at London Business School.

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