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National CEO Program Achieves Milestone in Preparing World-Class Omani CEOs

National CEO Program Achieves Milestone in Preparing World-Class Omani CEOs

Jan 05, 2016

Reaching a milestone in its mission to build a community of world-class Omani CEOs, the National CEO Program’s (NCP) first cohort of budding business talent recently returned from Singapore, after completing the third module on global leadership, and presented their strategic projects at the halfway mark of the program.

In Singapore, participants’ learning was focused on cross-cultural management and the skills required to lead in a multi-national setting, whilst investigating trends within emerging South East Asian markets. They explored digital technologies and trends that are re-shaping business globally and gained insights and understanding of the economic and social development of Singapore, since its independence 50 years ago, the commonalities and differences between the city state and Oman’s developmental journey, and opportunities for integration and co-operation between public and private sectors. The NCP was launched as a Public-Private Partnership initiative promoting greater cooperation between the two sectors in the Sultanate.

Back in Muscat, having completed six months of their learning journey, the NCP’s thirty participants gave mid-year presentations on their strategic projects in key economic sectors to an esteemed panel of the Sultanate’s principal business leaders: Dr Mohammed Al Barwani, Chairman of MB Holding; Pankaj Khimji, Director of Khimji Ramdas; Dr Amer Al Rawas, Group CEO of Tasneea Oil & Gas Technology; Mr Maqbool Ali Sultan, Group Advisor to W.J.Towell; and Khalid Al Yahmadi, COO Al Madina Financial & Investment Services Company. Project work enables participants to distill the program learning in a practical manner, within the context of their projects. There are five projects in the industry sectors of Fisheries, Logistics, Oil & Gas, Tourism and Hospitality. The panel provided feedback and the benefit of their experience in socio-economic development, policy and investments to advise and guide each project team.

Mr Maqbool Ali Sultan commented, “With some of the Sultanate’s private sector talent demonstrating such a strong level of insight and capability at this point in the

program, we have no doubt that they will make an important contribution to the national agenda.” Pankaj Khimji, added, "It was a truly gratifying experience to see promising business ventures in a diverse array of industries and potential partnerships across the public and private sectors.”

The NCP is a catalyst for transformational change in developing the economy by building the skills of Oman’s future principal business leaders. It enables participants to develop unconventional thinking through exposure to more advanced economies of the world with the aim of generating new horizons of creativity in public-private partnerships in Oman. The initiative is supported by the International Institute for Management Development, one of the world’s premier business and management institutions, and McKinsey & Company, a highly specialised global management consultancy.