This month, the United Arab Emirates' Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) celebrates 25 years. The institution has played a key role in preparing Emirati nationals to join the workforce in the country, which has rapidly changed in less than half a century. Heading HCT is vice chancellor Dr. Tayeb Kamali, who is keen to bring innovation to the learning process and provide his students with cutting-edge content. He speaks with Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about the college's progress, and how HCT has tailored education to meet the growing needs of ongoing development in the United Arab Emirates.
Published: September 18, 2012 Fadi Ghandour's Next Investment: Building a Future for Arab Social Entrepreneurship
Fadi Ghandour's name has been synonymous with Middle East entrepreneurship. Having long promoted the development of a startup culture in Arab countries, the founder of Aramex has joined a growing group of social entrepreneurs attempting new business models in the region that blend profit with social impact. Ghandour spoke with Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about Ruwwad for Development, his first step in social impact efforts, as part of a broader discussion about what's next for social enterprise in the MENA region.
Published: September 04, 2012 An Old Soldier's Advice on Leadership and How to Conquer Your Challenges
British Army Rt. Major General Tim Toyne Sewell -- not so secretly known as Big Tim to his subordinates at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was Commandant -- once swam across the Suez Canal and back, just because he could. Toyne Sewell was a panel member discussing adventure, exploration and leadership at the recent Festival of Thinkers event in Abu Dhabi, where he spoke with Arabic Knowledge@Wharton. "You cannot lead unless the team you are leading knows that you care about them and will put their needs before your own," he says.
Published: June 26, 2012 Myanmar Is Opening Up and the World Is at Its Doors
After 50 years of military rule in Myanmar, which began with a coup in 1962, there seems to be some movement towards democracy. In April this year, a limited general election saw the National League for Democracy, led by Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi, win 43 of the 45 seats available to it. Reformist President Thein Sein, who has emerged from the same military junta, is keeping some of his promises. Liberalization seems inevitable. There are doubts about how long it will take and the route it will follow. But the world is headed for Yangon.
Published: June 26, 2012 A Journey from Teacher to Hero: Michael Browsowski's Efforts Against Poverty and Human Trafficking
A chance encounter with some Vietnamese youths eager to learn English altered Michael Browsowski's life forever. The Australian moved to the Asian country eight years ago and set up Blue Dragon, a charity that now assists more than 1,200 children. CNN named Browsowski one of its "Heroes of 2011." He tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton that awareness programs make little difference to the impoverished villagers he seeks to help. Demonstrating other ways to earn income, he says, is much more effective in combating issues such as human trafficking.
Published: May 29, 2012 Despite Different Paths, an Expert Group in Abu Dhabi Finds Common Ground at the Festival of Thinkers
An assembled group of experts from different fields -- including finance, law and social advocacy -- met in Abu Dhabi to share their experiences with attendees of the Higher Colleges of Technology's recent Festival of Thinkers event. Despite their varied backgrounds and career paths, they shared common lessons on leadership. But the panelists also noted that there are as many different types of leadership as there are leaders. "Leadership is about nuance," said Shiv Khemka, Indian entrepreneur and industrialist.
Published: May 14, 2012 Pursuing the Extraordinary: Curiosity Key to Innovation and Bold Leadership
A panel at the recent Festival of Thinkers conference in Abu Dhabi focused on exploration, adventure and leadership, bringing together men who have been at the edge of human effort, whether rocketing to the moon, peering into the vastness of space or strategizing in the heat of battle. Though from disparate backgrounds, they were unanimous that curiosity sparked their experiences, and held a shared belief that risk is a consequence of the pursuit of the extraordinary.
Published: April 30, 2012 Columbia University's Srikumar Rao: The Arab Spring Has Revealed the Wolves Among Middle East Leadership
He is an author of books on how to achieve happiness, but Columbia business school professor Srikumar Rao is very serious when he says leadership is measured by how it serves those at the bottom of society. In a conversation with Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, Rao takes a philosophical approach to explaining the forces that have driven the Arab Spring revolutions. Even in countries transitioning to democratic governance, Rao says true leadership hasn't emerged; rather, there has been a rush to find expedient solutions. "They're giving very little thought to the longer-term ramifications of their actions," he says.
Published: April 16, 2012 From Business to Building Bonds with African Orphans: Amy Stokes' Infinite Mission
Amy Stokes combined her business and finance background with her desire to help children in sub-Saharan Africa, and created the nonprofit Infinite Family. The organization introduces e-mentoring to a generation of young people in Johannesburg, South Africa, who have lost adult family members and friends to the country's HIV-AIDS epidemic. To make her idea work, she tells Arabic Knowledge@Wharton, she applied her business knowledge to a simple question: How could she use technology to connect adults with children lacking parents to guide them?
Published: April 16, 2012 A Research Pioneer in the Middle East, ClinArt's Maha Al-Farhan Strikes a Balance Between Business Success and a Happy Home
When Maha Al-Farhan first applied for permits to start her clinical research firm in the United Arab Emirates, government officials didn't even have a category to classify her business. As a pioneer in clinical research in the Middle East, Al-Farhan has plenty of advice for Arab female entrepreneurs: Especially for Emirati women, who she says aren't taking full advantage of the business opportunities available to them. She speaks to Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about building a successful company, and balancing that with her personal duties as a wife and mother.
Published: March 19, 2012