Sharjah Leadership Programme’s Alumni Forum Sees Active Interaction and Knowledge-sharing among 200 Graduates

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Forum reflects Sharjah Ruler’s vision for building Emirati youth’s leadership skills

Reem BinKaram: Developing national competences is key to sustainable development

Sharjah for Capability Development (SCD) has brought together 200 graduates of the Sharjah Leadership Programme (SLP) at an annual SLP alumni forum – a platform where Emirati leaders working in different sectors can connect to share their experiences, knowledge and future plans.

Themed ‘Connect’, the annual SLP Alumni Forum was launched earlier this year by SCD, a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators subsidiary, and is organised in strategic partnership with Sharjah Environment Company (Bee’ah).

The forum actively involves Emiratis working for Sharjah government entities, offering them a vibrant space to connect, share knowledge, build and deepen their network, and explore new opportunities for innovation in leadership.

The forum reflects the keenness of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to build new generations of confident Emirati leaders, well-versed in playing their role to ensure the country’s continued socioeconomic development.

The forum was hosted at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC), and attended by Sheikh Salem bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the Strategic Planning Office at the Sharjah Real Estate Registration Department; and Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police.

HE Reem BinKaram, Member of the Board of Trustees of Rubu’ Qarn Foundation; HE Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah (SLP strategic partner); HE Hanan Al Mahmoud, CEO of JRCC; and Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Women Sports Foundation (SWSF), were also in attendance.

They were joined by HE Khalid Bin Butti Al Hajiri, Director General of the Sharjah University City; Engineer Fathi Afanah, CEO of Fast Building Contracting Company; HE Salah Al Mahmoud, Director General of Sharjah Documents and Archives Authority; and HE Shehab Al Hammadi, Director of Sharjah Media City (Shams).

SCD revealed that the SLP alumni forum will be an annual feature, and serve to continue the capacity- and leadership-building objectives of the programme even after graduating an SLP cohort, in line with UAE Vision 2021 that has youth empowerment high on its agenda.

HE Reem BinKaram congratulated SLP graduates, saying: “Sharjah Leadership Programme was launched in 2007 as key component of the social development initiatives that distinguish Sharjah and the UAE as a whole. Developing national competences is key to sustainable development, and SLP adds another dimension to our youth training and empowerment module.”

BinKaram added: “New-age challenges, mostly attributed to rapid technological transformations, have made it imperative to design youth empowerment programmes tailored to developing what is popularly known as 21st-century skills, knowledge and experiences. With this in mind, we have crafted the upcoming edition of SLP in a manner that fulfils these needs.”

She underlined that the emirate is pushing ahead with its efforts to diversify its economic sectors and scientific institutions, as well as boosting its cultural achievements to cement social stability. “Sharjah is moving forward with its plans to achieve sustainability in economic growth and further job and social security. This cannot be achieved without qualified and inspired human capital, and hence both public and private sectors have mutual interests in achieving this target.”

Bee’ah Group’s HE Khaled Al Huraimel noted: “We are proud partners of SCD, and have been associated with SLP in the capacity of a founding member and supporting partner since the programme’s inception. This programme is one of the most distinguished our nation has in training and nurturing confident Emirati leaders, driven to achieving our future goals. This programme has succeeded in graduating innovative leaders capable of taking on crucial nation-building responsibilities.”

He added: “Investing in SLP means we are investing in the future of Sharjah and UAE. The SLP alumni are a source of pride for us, and we, at Bee’ah, reaffirm our support to this wonderful initiative.”

SLP smart application launch

An SLP smart mobile application to facilitate networking and expertise sharing among the programme’s graduates as well as new members was launched at the event. It has been created to facilitate regular exchange, and offers avenues to suggest solutions for contemporary challenges and collaborate on designing innovative projects to fuel Sharjah’s and UAE’s growth.

The app will enable SLP alumni as well as new members to share their professional expertise and career achievements with individuals as well as in groups. It also provides necessary information about previous, current and future training courses.

Dialogue between current and future leaders

The first annual SLP alumni forum hosted an interactive session between SLP graduates and officials from numerous Sharjah government departments, during which the former shed light on turning points in their career, which were brought about by the programme.

The session heard from Ahmed Saif Saeed Al Suwaidi, Head of Commercial Investment at Sharjah Economic Development Department; Tariq Al Ghazal, Executive of Big Data at the Department of Statistics and Community Development; Nasser Al Shamsi Project Manager at Bee’ah; and Aisha Deemas, Director of Executive Affairs at Sharjah Museums Authority.

Suggestions about what more the programme can offer to its new members to better equip them to respond to the changing needs of the job market driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, were out forth. A version of SLP for young adults and the establishment of an SLP research centre were also discussed.


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