Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University Dubai establishes Industry Advisory Council – News

Published: Tue, March 8, 2022, 8:06 PM

Last update: Tue, March 8, 2022, 8:07 PM

The Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai has announced the establishment of an Industry Advisory Board (IAB), made up of key industry players and academics from around the world. EBS, targeting the brightest business students in Dubai.



The board will serve as a link between industry and the university, advising Edinburgh Business School in its role as a leading player in business, management education and research at Dubai. The council will advise on the development of world-class business programs that meet the needs of today’s marketplace and thereby advance the School’s efforts to equip business leaders with the skills and knowledge to manage a complex and rapidly changing business environment.

Lord Iain Vallance, Chair of the Edinburgh Business School Advisory Board in Scotland, said: “The establishment of an Industry Advisory Board in Dubai is a great initiative by EBS to ensure fruitful collaboration between industry and academia. I look forward to working closely with the other Board members and EBS to enrich the business programs and ensure the University continues to play a key role in developing future leaders in Dubai.

The Industry Advisory Board will be chaired by Professor Paul Hopkinson and eight members, including Aly Tawfik, Chief Marketing Officer at Red Bull; Nadia Abdul Aziz, President, National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL); Unood Ahmad, Project Manager, Ministry of Cabinet and Future, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates; Paul Kayrouz, Head of Fintech, Blockchain & Emerging Technology at PwC; Binod Shankar, guest speaker, trainer and CEO of Elevation FZE; Akshay Kumar, Regional Manager, FedEx; Kevin Langley, Vice President of Customer Support and Implementation CEMEA, Visa Middle East and Khalid Ismail, President of the Marketing Society for the MENA region.

The IAB will meet in a timely manner each semester to provide inputs that will enhance communication and understanding between the university, professional institutions, and industry stakeholders. Additionally, it will provide guidance on new knowledge and skills that meet industry needs, facilitate student internships and graduate placements, and enhance student understanding of potential career paths.

The Council will also provide industry mentorship to academic staff seeking professional qualifications and improve the recruitment of Heriot-Watt graduates. Finally, it will help students identify appropriate locations for site visits, guest speakers, student mentorship, industrial internships, and appropriate topics for student projects.

Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate business and management degrees, including its internationally renowned MBA program with over 5,000 students. The School is recognized for its cutting-edge programs and dedicated support for student entrepreneurship and innovation.

For more information on Edinburgh Business School’s world-class programs, please visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/ebs/about/campuses/dubai.htm

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