1. Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East.
In 2001, as happens to many vacationers to Dubai, found myself 3 months later relocating here and making Dubai my home .
I Co-Founded XpertLearning in 2003, which has proved a great success both from a personal learning, and commercial perspective for me. Thanks to the tremendous vision and desire of HR and Training professionals in the region, e-Learning has become an accepted and vital learning modality.
It was with that in mind that CLO-ME was born in 2011. Part of the Clo-Me vision is to give back to these very people that had helped my career by offering a free portal to share knowledge and best practice throughout this community. As a “not for profit” business, and as I have been brought up to believe that “Charity starts at home,” I embrace my HR and L&D community as family.
2. How would you describe the culture of your business?
Leadership for me is about vision and authentic communication which for us means a truly” open door’ policy. Being brave enough to accept criticism and learn from our mistakes at all levels is a key value to driving our organisational culture.
3. How easy is it for you to get direct access to the decision makers in your company?
Well this is the key question I have been asking my compatriots in HR and training for years. Invariable the answer is extremely difficult. So this is the whole concept of CLO (Chief Learning Officer-Middle East) How can we get closer to the Executive Committees of our business to convince them that if they value their Human Capital, they should act by partnering more closely with HR and Learning practitioners?
4. What are your biggest challenges in the next 5 years?
I believe it is client engagement. Engaging top talent not to become complacent with the new technology tools they acquire, but rather to embrace change, innovation and creativity in the usage of these tools.
5. What are the skills and competencies that you would need to train in order to meet the regions talent requirements?
Well clearly it’s a long list, but top of this for me is finding common ground for authentic communication and understanding in a culturally diverse environment.