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May Spotlight: Esther Lawrence

   Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East. I know down to earth is overrated but that’s the word that best describes me. My favorite thing about myself is that I am a learner and this has served me so well in my career. I…

April Spotlight: Arjun Aiyar – StepUp Solutions Dubai

Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East.I’m a Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer, and I’ve been in the UAE since 2007. I am an ex- corporate banker, with an MBA from Australia. I’m passionate about Human Psychology, Quantum Physics, Tao Philosophy, the Law…

Why is Conversation So Easy? David Gurteen – Gurteen Knowledge

Many people find it difficult to give a speech, and it is not always easy to listen to one, but we are all pretty good at holding a conversation. Why is this? Surely, delivering a monologue or listening to one should be more natural than dialogue? Think about it for…

Life/Work Harmony is Crucial to the Success of Today’s Workplace Ian Berry -Wise Leaders Coach

There’s a lot of talk about the hybrid workplace meaning people are working at their organisations locations and others are working from home, and where many people have a blend of both. The buzz word is hybrid. In my view this is all essential. The evidence is clear that in…

March Spotlight: Mina Wasfi -Talent Development Professional: Talabat UAE

Why have you decided to be our monthly Spotlight?My objective of this spotlight is to share how talent management, learning, and development is evolving in one of the leading tech companies in MENA, talabat.I have read many spotlights and noticed that many spotlighters have covered the fundamentals in a thorough…

February 2021 Spotlight: Sajini Ayer Learning & Development Manager for Al Bukhatir Group

Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East.The words that best describe me are passionate, creative and adventurous. I am from India and have been living in the UAE for about six years now. My expertise lies in learning and  development, organization development and employee engagement.…

Welcome to 2021

What a year we all have had in 2020. The beginning of last year saw the Middle East in comfortable growth mode, tourism flourishing, the plans for Expo 2020 on track and economies stable. Then with no warning, in March we were all suddenly faced with what we thought was…

Ph.D. by Prior Publication: Khuram Amin

Ph.D. by Prior Publication is also known by other titles such as Ph.D. by Portfolio, Published Works, Published Papers, and sometimes even Ph.D. under Special Regulations. This type of degree is awarded to a candidate who has already published substantial work which could be recognized by the University equivalent to…

Spotlight: Where Are You Now? Joanna Dawson

You’ve moved on from the UAE and we’d love to hear of your journey. Tell us about your experience, what prompted your move? The key driver for moving back from the UK was to spend time with my father who was in the    latter stages of battling Parkinson’s disease.…

January Spotlight: Sarah Christensen CEO Christensen Consultancy Dubai

1.Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East I arrived fresh faced and ready for an adventure in the Middle East, 8.5 years ago. I had been working as an Occupational Psychologist in the UK for the past 9 years and was thoroughly fed up of…

December Spotlight: Priya Vijayakumar Credibiz Consultants

Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East.Moving to the Middle East was never part of the plan but looking back I am glad it transpired that way. I arrived 22 years back, right at the cusp of an economic boom, to a region that was…

November Spotlight on Paula Jane Cox

Tell us about you, your experience and time in the Middle East. My career started in a sales / commercial background, predominately in Magazine Publishing. I tripped into ‘’Sales training’’ back in 1999 by helping a friend with a training company, I was instantly hooked! Over the last twenty plus…