Talent Reunion: A platform for smart networking
Talent Reunion: A platform for smart networking
A wide range of Saudi and expat talents from different backgrounds, ages, and working sectors attend the reunions. With meetings being widely successful, it has built its reputation as a lifestyle networking hub in Saudi Arabia. Yazan Jamous, founder of Talent Reunion in an interview with Arab News speaks about its creation and the long journey.
What is Talent Reunion? How did it start?
Talent Reunion is a non-profit lifestyle networking platform. It involves events held periodically in different countries in order to bring individuals, enterprises and community leading figures together at one place to refine talents and enhance successful business partnerships. It first started in the year 2010 in the UAE as a reunion of American University of Sharjah alumni. Later, in 2012, the first reunion was held outside the UAE in Saudi Arabia. It was a huge success in terms of the attendees’ qualities and community figures who joined the reunion. Since Saudi Arabia needed such a concept, the Talent Reunion was launched as a monthly event.
What made Talent Reunion a successful concept in Saudi Arabia?
The success of Talent Reunion is mainly due to the members and their enthusiasm for attending the events and hanging out. Their diversity in education, professionalism, backgrounds and hobbies makes discussions and topics go on and on. Moreover, they are eager to learn and meet new people.
What topics are discussed at the gathering?
All topics related to lifestyle. Like this year, we started with “Innovation of Money Making” in January and “Innovation of Food” in February, where everyone contributed the best of the best ideas. However, in the coming months, several topics such as diplomacy, design thinking, coffee, reading, recycling, arts, advertising, human resources, industries and music will be covered.
Who are Talents? What is Innovation?
Talents are individuals with a diverse profile. They have a strategic development set of mind with an aim to increase the awareness of intellectual abilities and inspire other individuals around them. Talent is a trivia word created as a theoretical model to promote and target a quality of mindset leaders. Innovation is the process where new talents meet in a new place to share new ideas. Meeting or reunion is designed in a way that facilitates the generation of innovative ideas, projects or collaborations.
Saudi culture is known to be very social. Why networking now?
Well, Saudi culture is social indeed. However, we are taking care of networking now more than ever because nowadays, with the notable increase of multiple uses of technology and various ways to contact each other, people have no time to meet — virtually or in reality. This has its bad influence on individuals and on society in general. I think it is great to get together again with friends from childhood or from different stages in life, and connect with other new friends in order to enlarge the normal circle of people we know. Moreover, this has a very good impact on everyone’s life directly or indirectly in many aspects, including both professionally and personally.
Why multicultural talents and different backgrounds, ages, and occupations?
Having different backgrounds, ages, and occupations helps us achieve our goal to build the biggest non-profit lifestyle networking platform that brings all individuals together at one place to refine talents and enhance successful business partnerships.
How can Talent Reunion be helpful to individuals?
Meeting new people, discussing and sharing new ideas during the reunion enriches the outlook toward society and helps in gaining knowledge on different topics. One can be a part of Talent Reunion by visiting our website www.TalentReunion.com
How many cities does Talent Reunion cover?
We have regular meetings in Jeddah, Riyadh, Madinah and Yanbu at present. However, we have a plan to expand locally and abroad very soon.
What is the 2015 plan?
This year is going to be a fruitful one; full of meetings and reunions. Month after month our agenda will be full of activities that have rich and entertaining content for talents. After the expansion we are planning to hold similar meetings in the Eastern Provinces, Dubai, Amman, and Beirut.
How do you see the future of Talent Reunion?
We see it as an international organization that links talents together, where individuals meet from all walks of life, and help each other find business colleagues and consultants.
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Al-Hilal overcome Omar Abdulrahman injury blow to keep pace with Al-Nassr
- Abdulrahman, who joined the Riyadh giants in August on a one-year loan deal, was carried off in some distress after 12 minutes
- Al-Hilal maintained their perfect start to the Saudi Pro League season with a 1-0 win at Al-Shabab
JEDDAH: Despite a worrying injury to star player Omar Abdulrahman, Al-Hilal maintained their perfect start to the Saudi Pro League season with a 1-0 win at Al-Shabab at the weekend to keep the pressure on early leaders Al-Nassr.
Abdulrahman, who joined the Riyadh giants in August on a one-year loan deal, was carried off in some distress after 12 minutes at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium. The UAE international looked to be in considerable pain after stretching to reach the ball in the Al-Shabab area.
“‘Amoory’ will have to undergo tests to see how serious the injury is,” an Al-Hilal official told Arab News, adding that the player’s national team have expressed concern with the 2019 Asian Cup kicking off in early January. “We have already talked to the UAE team staff but we will have to wait and see.”
Despite the early setback, the defending champions dug in and took the three points thanks to a second-half strike from Mohammed Kanoo, who dedicated the victory to their injured team-mate. “We won the game for ‘Amoory’,” Kanoo said after the game. “We hope that this win helps him to achieve a complete and speedy recovery.”
The victory gave Al-Hilal five wins from five games this season to move three points behind Al-Nassr, who have managed six from six. “It was a tough game but an important win for us,” Kanoo added. “We need to keep going and keep collecting points.”
The injury to their key playmaker adds to other injury worries for coach Jorge Jesus. The team has already been without Saudi Arabia international Nawaf Al-Abed and star striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who headed to Turkey on Sunday morning to check the condition of a groin injury picked up ahead of the recent Saudi-Egypt Super Cup final against Zamalek.
Al-Shabab, reduced to ten men on the hour with the dismissal of Brazilian defender Euller, were left to rue missed chances against the defending champions.
“We defended well today and also played well on the counter-attack,” said Al-Shabab goalkeeper Fabrouk Ben Mustapha. “It was a good performance. We had the opportunities but were just not able to take them.”
The win keeps the pressure on leaders Al-Nassr, who claimed a 2-0 victory at Al-Batin on Friday. An early own goal from Lucas set the visitors on their way and the three points were sealed with a second-half strike from Abderrazak Hamdallah.
It was an even more impressive victory given that Al-Nassr were without influential winger Ahmed Musa. The Nigerian international, who joined in the summer from Leicester City and has been one of the best performers of the season so far, was given leave to travel home to visit his sick mother.
Coach Jose Daniel Carreno paid tribute to his players. “There are no easy games in this league,” the Uruguayan said. “We had to show our determination and stay cohesive and organized to take the win.”
The former Al-Shabab boss is not getting carried away by his team’s impressive start. “We are going well at the moment and it is great to be picking up points like this. There is still a long way to go and there are a number of strong teams in the league.”
Both Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr were given a boost as title rivals Al-Ahli suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday, a shock 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Al-Ittifaq, who climbed up to fifth in the table.
That loss saw the Jeddah club drop down to third with 13 points, two behind Al-Hilal and five behind the leaders. Elsewhere in the league, Al-Ittihad stayed bottom of the league with a 1-1 draw at home to Ohod in the first game under new coach Slaven Bilic. The Tigers are next in action on Thursday with a trip to rivals Al-Hilal.