UAE CEOs paired with students in leadership development program

A student workshop in progress during the CEOx1Day program.
Updated 29 August 2019

UAE CEOs paired with students in leadership development program

A contingent of business leaders from 16 UAE-based companies — ranging from Alabbar Enterprises, Dubai Airports and Dubai Opera through to The Lego Company and Nestle Middle East — have been paired with some of the country’s brightest young undergraduates in a development program designed to give the students insights into the working life of a CEO.
Managed by international executive search consultancy Odgers Berndtson, the CEOx1Day program, now in its second year, will match third- and fourth-year undergraduates from six leading UAE universities with CEOs from a diverse range of sectors. During a full working-day, each student will shadow their designated CEO to learn from today’s corporate leaders.
Carefully chosen from over 200 applicants, the final 16 students were selected following a multi-phased assessment and interview process, which included personality profiling, telephone interviews, group work, case studies, and one-on-one interviews with Odgers Berndtson’s consultants.
“Selected students will have the opportunity to shadow leaders from a range of sectors, all of which have vital roles to play in the UAE’s ongoing industrial and economic development,” said Mark Houghton, managing partner at Odgers Berndtson, Middle East. “The finalists shone through the selection process and we have high hopes that this year’s CEOx1Day will be a positive and rewarding experience for what is an accomplished 2019 cohort.”
Currently studying at the American University of Sharjah, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, Middlesex University in Dubai, the University of Wollongong in Dubai, New York University Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi University, the 16 finalists have already received guidance from the Odgers Berndtson team on recruitment processes, team building and presentation skills.
Several of the CEOs involved in the scheme have already hailed it as a mutually beneficial experience.
“This is reverse mentoring in action,” explained Houghton. “Past students have told us how the scheme has brought the reality of business to life and seeded great respect for the CEOs in some of the tough day-to-day decision-making they have to undertake. Conversely, the CEOs say the students have given them new perspectives on a number of issues which have led to several innovative measures being pursued.”
The CEOx1Day shadowing will run from September through until the end of the year.


Bayer launches recruitment drive in Saudi Arabia

Updated 07 April 2020

Bayer launches recruitment drive in Saudi Arabia

Bayer, a German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, has launched a focused campaign “Move Forward with Bayer” in Saudi Arabia, designed to drive the recruitment of Saudi nationals within its pharmaceutical business in the region.

The digitally led campaign is designed to appeal to pharmaceutical graduates, with a dedicated micro-site and animated characters, Mouna and Youssef, helping in bringing it to life. By 2021, the company aims to recruit more than 140 additional team members within its pharmaceuticals division for prescription-based medicines and its over-the-counter consumer health division, specifically recruiting for the roles of product specialists and medical sales representatives.

The “Move Forward with Bayer” campaign is aligned with the broader initiatives of the government of Saudi Arabia to nationalize its workforce in key industries, driving the diversification beyond oil and the Saudization of both public and private sector employees.

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The ‘Move Forward with Bayer’ campaign is aligned with the broader initiatives of the government of Saudi Arabia to nationalize its workforce in key industries, driving the diversification beyond oil and the Saudization of both public and private sector employees.

Hussein El-Hakim, managing director — Saudi Arabia at Bayer, said: “Since we first launched operations in Saudi Arabia, our goal has been not only to bring our philosophy and purpose of ‘Science for a Better Life’ to the market, but to identify and nurture Saudi talent in our commitment to the localization of our business activities and the creation of rewarding employment opportunities for nationals.

“Our ‘Move Forward with Bayer’ campaign underlines our support of the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and we look forward to a successful outcome through effective partnerships that will drive the upskilling of Saudi talent.”

He added: “For many years, Bayer has been committed to achieving gender balance in its workforce and this is very much the case in Saudi Arabia as we continue to expand our operations across our pharmaceuticals division. We look forward to building on our existing, diverse team with new talent and to promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity.”

Reda Zaidan, human resources business partner — Saudi Arabia at Bayer, said: “In line with our global practices, fostering employees’ individual abilities in Saudi Arabia in terms of talents and strengths is key to Bayer’s future growth and success. Sustained success is only possible if we create working conditions that allow all employees to utilize their talents optimally and contribute to innovative solutions, enabling them to truly ‘Move Forward with Bayer.’ We hope this campaign goes some way in attracting Saudi talent in the health care sector and supporting not just Bayer’s corporate vision of ‘health for all, hunger for none,’ but the broader goals of the nation in terms of health care provision and Saudization targets, too.”