300 students undergo leadership training

A student conference hosted in Dubai brought together students and industry thought-leaders to discuss innovations and ideas as part of the iLead initiative.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 26 Feb 2014, 12:49 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:26 PM

Partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), the iLead initiative brings educational resources from around the world to students in the UAE, giving them access to online courses, workshops, trainings, and other educational material online.

About 300 students from 60 private schools attended the Youth in Action Leadership conference where they were trained in essential leadership skills.

“It is important to stimulate these young leaders and show them what they are truly capable of achieving because the change that the great leaders of this country wish to see, is the responsibility of future generations,” said Neha Syed, founder of iLead.

As part of the conference, students were made to participate in a simulation exercise on Expo 2020 where students worked in groups to develop innovative solutions for Dubai’s growth and sustainability.

Group presentations demonstrated creative and innovative ideas for new developments in transportation, tourism, education, and green energy.

Experts speaking at a panel discussion included Dr Maryam Matar, director-general of the UAE Genetic Disease Association, Marwan Bin Ghalita, CEO of Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Michael Mansour, chief innovation officer at Microsoft, Raihana Al Hashmi, audience marketing manager at Microsoft, Ashraf Hamouda, head of partnerships and business development at the UNWFP. Dr SM Tahir, chairman of Iqra Group, moderated the panel.

“The conference, more than a learning experience, was a thinking experience for me. It peeled off everything that was in my mind, and made me think,” said Nasser, a student delegate at the conference from Al Salam Private School.


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