Transforming Together: Building Homegrown Leaders to Drive Saudi Vision 2030

Transforming Together: Building Homegrown Leaders to Drive Saudi Vision 2030

August 16, 2016 at 01:08pm

As famously stated, great leaders are made, not born. This point is at the heart of a recently announced collaboration between GE and the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation (MiSK) to help build the next generation of young Saudi business leaders.

Imbuing these entrepreneurs and executives with strong leadership skills will play a vital role in unlocking the potential of the Saudi people and economy in realizing Saudi Vision 2030.

GEhas a deep understanding of the power of teaching leadership, as exemplified by Crotonville, the world’s first major corporate university, and so it is working with MiSK through arecently signed MoU to design and launch training programs for young Saudi professionals and executives.

Under the agreement, GE will offer Saudi professionals access to high-level corporate leadership training at the GE Crotonville Customer Education facility in New York. As well, special courses will be developed for Saudi executives that will be held either in Crotonville or in various locations across Saudi Arabia. Additionally, GE will support MiSK and other entities to establish a Crotonville-like Saudi Leadership Academy in the Kingdom.

Founded in 1956, Crotonville is often described as the epicenter of GE culture.The 59-acre main campus in New York hosts thousands of GE employees and customers each year.Crotonville is where GE defines its globally admiredleadershipcourses and programs, shares ideas with the most influential thinkers in academia and business, and creates transformative learning experiences to inspire, connect and develop GE leaders of today and tomorrow.

“Saudi Arabia has a wealth of young talent, and by building their skillsets in specific domains including corporate leadership, we are supporting the Kingdom’s goal to accelerate economic and industrial diversification,” said Hisham Al-Bahkali, GE’s President and CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. “This also will help create high-quality jobs for young Saudi professionals and build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Saudi Arabia to help achieve transformational growth.”

GE has a long and deeply rooted history in Saudi Arabia, extending back more than 80 years. Working with government and private sector partners, GE has supported the Kingdom’s development in power, oil & gas, healthcare, transportation and aviation.

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