AIB Mena honours inspirational leaders
The Menat division of General Electric was this year’s recipient of AIB Mena’s Ghaf Tree Award for community development.
Dubai — Two leading personalities from the world of Mena business were honoured for encouraging a spirit of collaboration and development within the region at a ceremony organised by the Mena Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB Mena) — the leading community of international business scholars — in Dubai recently.
Fadi Ghandour, founder and vice-chairman of logistics giant Aramex, was recognised for championing tech start-ups, mentoring Arab youth and launching Corporate Entrepreneurship Responsibility, a collaborative movement which aims to encourage the private sector to contribute to the international development of regions by creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurship.
The Menat division of General Electric was this year’s recipient of AIB Mena’s Ghaf Tree Award for community development, in recognition of partnering with over 25 universities and educational centres in the region and its work in areas of healthcare, female empowerment and energy.
The Ghaf Tree Award recognises businesses that survive in hostile times, become leaders in their field and give back to the community whilst continuing to deliver on shareholder expectations.
Receiving the award on behalf of the GE-Menat was president and CEO of GE Gulf, Dalya Almuthanna. Dalya joined GE in 2008 as the first UAE national to graduate from GE’s Experience Commercial Leaderships Programme.
Commenting on this year’s recipients, Dr Melodena S. Balakrishnan, president of AIB Mena and Associate Professor at UOWD, said: “Through the awards, the AIB Mena community recognised the inspiring work of Fadi Ghandour and GE Menat. Both are committed to the future growth and security of Middle East businesses and invest heavily in the people of this region. We place such individuals and businesses at the heart of our research and use their teachings to influence our own programme of events.”
The awards ceremony formed part of AIB Mena’s fifth annual conference, which was held at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and attracted delegates from many leading universities and business leaders from across the globe, including Shaikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.
During the conference, Shaikha Shamma presented a paper on the role of UAE nationals in the workforce, commenting: “I am passionate about the sustainable development of the UAE and its people, sharing the vision established by my beloved great-grandfather and the UAE’s founding father, late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”
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