Dubai Leadership Forum 2015

The Yale Arab Alumni Association (YAAA) together with the Association of Yale Alumni held its second Leadership Forum for Volunteer Forum and Innovation on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event, organized by YAAA Board members Kyle McEneany (MS, ’02) and Tammer Qaddumi (JE, ’06), brought together local leaders from alumni associations and non-profit organizations to explore how best to have a positive impact in the region.

The Yale Arab Alumni Association brought together a fascinating group of young leaders from different backgrounds, enabling participants to work intimately with each other, exploring the intricacies of leadership and innovations. -Tareq Mana Al Otaiba, an Associate in the Office of Strategic Affairs at Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Court

The day-long seminar was led by Mark Dollhopf, former Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni with the assistance of Nicholas Lewis, Director of Shared-interest groups at Yale. The seminar focused on the meaning of organizational leadership in the non-profit sector and tackled relevant issues such as the importance of strategic planning, fundraising, and alumni engagement.

Kyle McEneaney (MS, '02), George Abdelnour (SM, '91), and Tammer Qaddumi (JE, '06  ) at the Dubai Leadership forum 2015

Kyle McEneaney (MS, ’02), George Abdelnour (SM, ’91), and Tammer Qaddumi (JE, ’06 ) at the Dubai Leadership forum 2015

The event was preceded by a special reception held on October 22 at the Capital Club in Dubai’s financial district. The networking event hosted Yale alumni, friends, and supporters, including representatives from international law firm K & L Gates, the event’s sponsor. Invited to speak were Sheikha Dr. Rasha al Sabah (Ph.D., ’77), member of the Kuwaiti Prime Minister’s Diwan and former Undersecretary of Education, and Noor Sweid, Founder, Leap Ventures. As established women leaders in the Arab Gulf, the two spoke on the challenges and advantages of being a woman leader in the Arab World.

Sheikha Dr. Rasha al Sabah (Ph.D., '77) and Noor Sweid speak at the Dubai Leadership Forum 2015

Sheikha Dr. Rasha al Sabah (Ph.D., ’77) and Noor Sweid speak at the Dubai Leadership Forum 2015

For more information, contact Kyle McEneany at kyle@yalearabalumni.org