Al Masah Capital bags ‘Best MENA Asset Manager 2017’ award

AMCL’s management and employees won one of the highest honors at the recently held MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards ceremony.
Updated 08 February 2017
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Al Masah Capital bags ‘Best MENA Asset Manager 2017’ award

Al Masah Capital (AMCL) added another feather to its cap by winning the prestigious “Best MENA Asset Manager 2017” award at the recently held MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards ceremony.
Al Masah Capital’s industry peers and MENA FM’s judging panel recognized AMCL’s incredible growth story of the last six years and awarded the company, its management and employees one of the highest honors of the night.
Shailesh Dash, founder and CEO of AMCL, said: “A remarkable achievement and recognition for a group of people that deserve all the praise; we always envisioned setting a newer and higher standard for fund management performance and we are delighted and humbled that our industry peers hold us in such high esteem.”
AMCL SEO, Saikat Kumar added: “This award is a testament to the team; over the last six years this team has worked hard to achieve new goals and elevate themselves above the competition. We are very happy to receive such recognition as it shines a light on all the years of determination, sweat and tears put in by the management and the team.” 
Head of asset management, Akber Naqvi, said: “Al Masah Capital has always prided itself on recognizing an opportunity, being smart, flexible and dynamic to capture this opportunity and placing itself at the heart of the next cycle, thereby ensuring a rate of return for its investors and shareholders that is peerless; the regional asset management industry is changing, adapting and growing and this award shows that AMCL is equipped and ready to be at the forefront of the evolution.”
Al Masah Capital added the “Best MENA Asset Manager 2017” award to its long list of awards won over the years, including, “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual,” “Best PE House,” “Best PE Fund,” “Best Newcomer Fund,” and “Best IPO Fund.”


PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Updated 18 August 2018
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PNU, Dell EMC certify first batch of female data scientists

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), the largest university for women in the world, has partnered with Dell EMC to train and certify Saudi Arabia’s first batch of female data scientists.

In line with Saudi Vision 2030 to promote a knowledge-based economy, PNU partners with national and international organizations to provide degrees and certificates for Saudi female students and graduates. 

The College of Computer and Information Sciences provides a number of certifications and technical training courses in its curriculum for three bachelor degrees — computer science, information systems and information technology. As a member of Dell EMC’s External Research and Academic Alliance Program, the college has successfully trained and certified 57 female data science and big data analytics students this semester with an additional 103 students certified in cloud infrastructure. 

The university also successfully introduced the VMware Install, Configure and Manage course as an elective training course for senior students. 

Auhood Alfaries, dean of College of Computer and Information Sciences, PNU, said: “Building a comprehensive curriculum to cover the essential knowledge area for the computing disciplines and to equip our students with the skills required for the future workplace is a priority for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. We are proud to be a leading university to actively promote the data-skilled taskforce in the Kingdom through the introduction of industry-relevant certifications and trainings. 

“We strive to continually evolve to contribute toward building a knowledge-based economy, in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, through strategic academic partnerships such as the Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program which plays a crucial role in effectively developing our students into tomorrow’s workforce.” 

A recent study by Dell Technologies titled “Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future” highlighted the lack of workforce readiness as the leading barrier in the Middle East to becoming a successful digital business in 2030, further emphasizing the need for skill development among existing employees and future generations. 

Mohammed Amin, senior vice president and regional manager, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The unrelenting pace of digital transformation in the marketplace is creating new challenges for all of us where organizations as well as individuals are increasingly realizing that investing in workforce readiness and the development of new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation. 

“We congratulate Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University on this wonderful achievement and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance the technical education of women in the region.”

Marwa Zaghow, senior manager, External Research and Academic Alliance, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Dell EMC, said: “The Dell EMC External Research and Academic Alliance program collaborates with innovative colleges and universities like Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University to effectively contribute to the regional priority of developing IT skillsets among the youth and specifically women.”