For the seventh consecutive year, the global community of graduates of the HBS PLD program, the Harvard Business School's Executive MBA alternative, will gather for the Global HBS PLD Summit.
You will enjoy inspiring lectures from HBS faculty and industry speakers, exchange ideas in breakout sessions, reunite with your classmates and network with new members of our growing, dynamic and global community. The experience does not have to stop there, many PLDers will plan post-Summit weekend activities. We look forward to seeing you in Dubai!
*Please stay tuned for further information regarding the agenda, speakers, and social events.
**Dubai's working week runs from Sunday to Thursday. Respecting the local practice, the Global HBS PLD Summit will start on Sunday.
J. Gunnar Trumbull
Philip Caldwell Professor of Business Administration
Gunnar Trumbull is a Professor at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Business, Government, and the International Economy area. Trumbull graduated from Harvard College in 1991 and earned a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. in 2000. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2001, where his research focuses on European political economy.
CEO, Media Professional, Social Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Futurist, Executive Coach
Tariq is currently the Founder/CEO of MAD Talks, an integrated digital storytelling platform and media brand for the emerging world. This platform captures stories shaping the future, of leadership & innovation, entrepreneurship and breakthrough thinking, in video and audio digital platforms and packages them for distribution through various digital and traditional channels.
Executive leadership roles with top global organizations including:
• Bloomberg Media - Media Rep & Advisor/Consultant MENA, (2010-2014).
• The Times & Sunday Times newspaper, CEO/Publisher, Middle East (2007-2009).
• Dow Jones Markets, Regional Director EMEA. (1987 -1998).
Founder of Maria Cristina Foundation
Maria Conceicao is the founder of the Maria Cristina Foundation (MCF), a multi-award winning humanitarian and athlete.
This former flight attendant has achieved unimaginable feats from trekking the North Pole to summiting the Everest to obtaining 6 Guinness World Records for long-distance running – all in the aid of underprivileged children living in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Joy Ajlouny is an e-commerce industry professional whose influence in business and entrepreneurship has spanned the globe.
Joy is the co-founder of Fetchr, a Silicon-Valley backed Technology Company based in Dubai aimed at solving the "no-address" problem hindering growth in emerging markets. Fetchr uses patented technology allowing people to use their mobile phone's GPS location as their address. Fetchr is the first start-up in the Middle East to be funded by a top venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Joy, on behalf of Fetchr, was on the cover of Forbes Magazine in the Middle East, which named Fetchr #1 startup in the region. The company has raised $52 million in investment, including a $41 million series B round in May 2017. Prior to Fetchr, Joy founded Bonfaire, an e-commerce discovery platform for luxury footwear and accessories. Bonfaire was acquired in 2013 by fashion e-commerce giant Moda Operandi, owned by LVMH and Condé Nast
Founder & CEO of Souqalmal.com
Originally from Mauritius, Ambareen started her first online business, an online property portal for international students in Australia, at the age of 21. Moving to London in 2004 to work for GE’s financial arm, GE Money, Musa held various roles in marketing, financial literacy, customer advocacy and e-commerce, and led the first online financial literacy initiative in the UK, Moneybasics.co.uk.
She moved to the UAE in 2008 as a consultant for Bain & Company Middle East. In 2012 she founded Souqalmal.com, the number one financial comparison and insurance platform in the UAE and KSA. Souqalmal.com has been named "Online Business of the Year 2015" and is ranked amongst "Dubai Top 100 SMEs". Musa has been awarded "Entrepreneur of the year" at the "Enterprise Agility Awards 2015" and "Leading Women in Business" at the "DMCC Awards 2016" and has been selected as an "Endeavor Entrepreneur". Musa holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Dr. Simon Galpin
Managing Director - Economic Development Board.
Dr. Simon Galpin, Managing Director of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) leads FDI promotion and business development. The EDB is a dynamic Government agency with an overall responsibility for formulating and overseeing the economic development strategy of the Kingdom of Bahrain and for creating the right climate to attract direct investment into the Kingdom.
Previously, as the Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong, was also actively involved in promoting Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem. Prior to joining InvestHK, Dr. Galpin spent ten years with Scottish Enterprise – at that time Europe’s largest economic development agency.
Dr. Galpin is a Doctor of Juridical Science and holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration, Local Economic Development, and International Business Law and recently graduated as a Doctor of Juridical Science.
The world is an increasingly complex, interdependent and interconnected organism. Our ability to manage effectively is ever more relevant: Internally, we need to motivate and lead diverse teams, face difficult situations without compromising our integrity and work across cultural boundaries. Externally, we have to face the disruption represented by complex social, technological and political changes.
All this, while under pressure from increasing costs, the need to improve productivity and the requirement to foster growth.Prepare to discuss how leadership style must evolve in our challenging times. Have a conversation about the global opportunities and risks to reaching the next level of success. Join us in exploring “Leadership Across Borders”!
On arrival at Dubai International Airport, if you have not pre-booked a hotel transfer, use the Dubai Taxi Service as you exit. Drivers are knowledgeable and your transfer should take approximately twenty minutes.
For visitors that are comfortable using the new Dubai Metro Service – our closest stations are Burj Khalifa or Financial Centre.
From either metro station we recommend you use a taxi to reach the hotel if travelling with luggage. It is a five-minute journey by car and a twenty-minute walk.
We can provide airport transfers between Dubai International Airport, Terminals 1&3 and the hotel. Please request this service when making your reservation.
• Terminal 1 & 3 for a fee of AED 190 each way
• Guests staying in our Roda Discovery Club rooms or any of our hotel suite receive complimentary airport transfers between Dubai International Airport Terminals 1& 3 and Roda Al Murooj Downtown Hotel