!. Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East

I have been working in the Middle East for 22 years, having arrived to take up a faculty position at a federal university. After 16 years of working in higher education, I left to complete a PhD into Arabic culture and education. The IP that emerged formed the basis of my Nationalisation consultancy, Emarise.  Training workshops have occupied my working life much of the time since 201How would you describe the nature of your business?

2.  How would you describe the nature of your business?

Emarise is a research, training and development organisation working with individuals, organisations and governments in the Middle East to develop better outcomes in education, early-stage careers and productivity in work What are the biggest challenges in the next 5 years?

3. What are the biggest challenges in the next five years ?

Raising awareness among Gulf Arabs and private sector companies of the need to get to know and trust one another.  My Border Crossing Index questionnaire definitely helps with this.

4. What are the skills and competencies that you would need to train in order to meet the region’s talent requirements?

That’s easy – soft skills such as time and task management, mental toughness, confidence, and these skills MUST be learned in the family unit before people enter the world of work or studying at university.

5. What is your Philosophy?

Enable the vision of the country’s first President, Sheikh Zayed.

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