Senior Executive Leadership Program – Middle East

Change is everywhere in the Middle East today, as many countries seek to diversify their economies and encourage new industries. While the region’s complexity includes distinct political and economic conditions in each country in addition to an uncertain global economy, exciting opportunities still exist. To take full advantage of the best opportunities for growth in this intricate part of the world, businesses need exceptional leaders—executives who are bold decision-makers, global thinkers, and skilled strategists.

Designed to address this need, the Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East from Harvard Business School (HBS) helps companies transform experienced senior executives into leaders with vision who can seize opportunities for sustained business growth. Taught in a series of modules offered in Boston and Dubai, this program helps you become a stronger leader who can deliver value in a global context, drive new levels of innovation, and build accountable, high-performance organizations.

Key Benefits

  • The program offers a large, diverse peer group and a time-tested learning process that enables constant feedback from unbiased, noncompetitive peers.
  • The full-time, world-renowned HBS faculty provides an unparalleled educational experience in Boston, in Dubai, and through the HBX Live virtual classroom.
  • The four-module learning experience dramatically expands your skill base and your breadth of understanding, enabling you to find new approaches to your business challenges and to consider a wider realm of potential opportunities and growth strategies.
  • The program combines the large-group learning of the classroom with small-group learning, creating an incomparable leadership development experience.
  • The small living groups—assembled to include a range of experiences and talents—provide a unique context for personal feedback and professional development.
  • The program's format allows for sustained immersion in the learning environment, while minimizing time away from work.
  • The tightly integrated modular structure is built upon an action-oriented learn-apply-learn model.
  • You will become a lifetime member of the HBS community, having earned Harvard Business School alumni status.

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Participant Profiles

This Executive Education program is designed for experienced, high-level, influential executives from any function or industry who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills as they explore and debate business challenges both in the Middle East and globally. The location in Dubai will be especially convenient to senior executives from businesses that have experienced success within the Middle East, on their own, or with regional partners. Typically, participants have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience and represent a range of growth-focused organizations, from large, established companies and growing arms of multinational firms to new ventures and family businesses. The program is ideal for both general managers and senior functional managers who want to improve their leadership skills and take advantage of new growth opportunities. This program is also appropriate for executives from multinationals with recently acquired or significantly expanded responsibilities who will be working in the region.

Program Curriculum

  • Imperatives for Today's Organizations and Leaders

    • Explore dynamics of the global economy and globalization
    • Recognize opportunities and challenges created by the interactions among business, government, and the international economy
    • Identify, evaluate, and select high-potential opportunities in developed or emerging markets
    • Use a detailed questionnaire as the basis for starting work with your coach
  • Creating Innovative, High-Performance Organizations

    • Nurture an experimentation mindset and a culture of innovation
    • Embrace strategic and tactical opportunities presented by new technologies and trends
    • Create corporate value by strengthening financial management
    • Translate corporate mission and business strategy into a comprehensive set of performance targets and measures
    • Improve management-board relationships while strengthening governance, accountability, and risk management
  • Creating Customer Value and Strategic Advantage

    • Design and execute sound competitive strategies and growth plans
    • Foster a culture of customer centricity
    • Develop service excellence as a competitive advantage
    • Update your brand strategy
    • Define your company’s ideal size—and whether to operate locally, regionally, or globally
    • Maximize the value of partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions
  • Becoming a Transformational Leader

    • Invest in and empower the people who will enable your organization to succeed
    • Recognize and exploit disruptive opportunities
    • Drive the changes that align your organization to achieve strategic goals
    • Adapt your leadership style to the needs of your team and your organization
    • Negotiate more effectively—in routine situations and in high-stakes deals on which your company’s future depends
Note: The list of topics is not exhaustive and is subject to change.


  • Rawi E. Abdelal

    Rawi E. Abdelal

    Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management; Director of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

  • Dennis W. Campbell

    Dennis W. Campbell

    Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of Business Administration

  • Anita Elberse

    Anita Elberse

    Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration and Chair, Convening and Special Events

  • Tarun Khanna

    Tarun Khanna

    Faculty Cochair; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor

  • Karim R. Lakhani

    Karim R. Lakhani

    Associate Professor of Business Administration

  • Deepak Malhotra

    Deepak Malhotra

    Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration

  • Youngme E. Moon

    Youngme E. Moon

    Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration

  • Das Narayandas

    Das Narayandas

    Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and Harvard Business Publishing

  • Felix Oberholzer-Gee

    Felix Oberholzer-Gee

    Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program

  • Krishna G. Palepu

    Krishna G. Palepu

    Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration; Senior Adviser to Harvard's President on Global Strategy

  • Stefan H. Thomke

    Stefan H. Thomke

    William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration

  • Michael L. Tushman

    Michael L. Tushman

    Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration

  • Luis M. Viceira

    Luis M. Viceira

    George E. Bates Professor of Business Administration


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