Executive Education

Top executive educator leads new executive education courses to develop key management skills in the GCC’s transforming economy

Professor Arun Singh OBE FRSA visited Dubai to lead two new executive education courses in Leadership and International Negotiations, for the University. Arun is a corporate educator and international lawyer in private practice. As a facilitator, coach and consultant he focuses on Intercultural Management and Communication, International Leadership, Impact and Influence, Intercultural Negotiations, Cultural Due Diligence, and Country-Specific Advice (among others Indian culture). The two new open executive education programmes focus on key management skills: International Negotiations and Leading and managing high-performing multicultural teams. Learnability or learning agility - is one of the key areas for business people in the 21st century – the capacity to reskill/upskill through the course of a career (or careers), as business executives face a rapidly changing workplace. Executive education impacts individual and company performance and productivity. With a slower GCC economy and salaries likely to remain stagnant for some time, investing in executive education programmes is one route for companies to reward/retain and develop high performing staff, and for individuals to take more control of their careers and improve their skills and career/earning potential. From diplomacy to trade agreements, collaborative partnerships and corporate business generally – life is a negotiation. Skills in international negotiations will be increasingly central to business performance as the global economy faces seismic shifts. In one of the most diverse regions of the world, with hundreds of nationalities working side by side, building and leading high performing multicultural teams is central to business success. Programme leader: Professor Arun Singh, OBE FRSA, is a corporate educator and company board director. With over 25 years’ experience, he works as a non-executive director, leading international business lawyer, visiting professor (at UK and international universities and business schools), and senior government advisor. Described by peers and clients as a ‘strong commercial thinker’, he has worked with organisations from a wide range of sectors and professions, and with sovereign wealth funds in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He was formerly a partner of KPMG Legal and Masons (now Pinsent Masons). Arun was appointed an OBE for services to international trade and investment in January 1999, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturers.