Building the foundations for a diversified economy
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is undergoing a significant transformation as it builds the foundations to transition from a resource-dependent to a knowledge-based economy.
With a population expected to double in size in the next 30 years, now is a historic opportunity to invest in human capital, and leverage the potential of a younger and more educated generation to enhance these emerging markets prospects of diversified economic growth.
With long-term objectives such as Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 and Kuwait’s digital economy plans, the region is facing significant levels of investment in innovation and economic diversification. As millennials and Gen Z professionals start progressing to senior executive leadership positions in government and in the private sector, investment in management training and lifelong learning becomes key to unlock the potential of those professionals and the organisations they work for.
As one of the key commercial arteries of the world, the region has benefited from a generation of moderate and visionary leaders, who have created a fertile ground for change – from progressive cultural and social change to ambitious investments in sustainability and innovative urbanisation through landmark projects. With so much on the horizon, the future in the region, more than ever, looks promising.
Helping organisations thrive in change
With the expertise of the Financial Times and innovation of IE Business Schools, we have helped the region’s largest companies and leading organisations to drive growth, develop talent and transform cultures.
We work in the major markets of United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and Oman with deep local expertise, global perspective and a great understanding of the trends impacting the region.
Through the unique perspective of the Financial Times, we have a broad understanding of the Middle East and Africa challenges, and help our clients translate trends into skills with the expertise of a network of over 500 educators, authors, academics and experts.
Empowering businesses to handle complexity
Organisations in the Middle East and Africa today face complex issues that can’t be solved by generic solutions. We don’t approach a client assuming we will have all the answers. We listen. We challenge assumptions. We work with you to co-create customised executive development solutions which not only ask the right questions but, crucially, offer the right answers.
Lead your industry. Help your leaders set your business apart and partake the strategy that will take your vision to the next level.Learn More →
Transform from within, and build the capabilities needed to drive digital transformation in the Middle East & Africa.Learn More →
Trusted by regional and global leaders
These are some of the Middle Eastern and African organisations that we’re helping to reinvent with programmes designed to bring out the best in their people.
Local Expertise: Bassém Banna
Vice President Corporate Partnerships, MENA
Bassém is a commercial and strategy leader with an entrepreneurial mindset and passion for customer excellence.
With extensive experience in executive education, corporate learning design and strategy execution, Bassém leads Headspring’s growth in the Middle East and Africa regions and is responsible for building and executing the business and marketing strategy, driving revenue growth, reach and impact.
By leveraging his industry and learning design experience, Bassém’s purpose is to help organisations design a new, more relevant approach to executive development that would be fit for the challenges and business environment of the 21st century.
Excellence in Design and Delivery
Our people embody our global approach, working across the Middle East and Africa, as well as globally We build multidisciplinary teams around our clients to understand strategic challenges and develop executive education programmes that create value.
Annimaija RaunioProgram Manager
Irina ConstantinoProgram Manager
Malek AdjeradDirector of Learning Design
One future. Multiple paths
A closer look at the issues making waves in the Middle East markets. Insights from the FT into the key topics impacting the region – from tech transformation to the businesses helping to build a sustainable future.
What can we learn about the Middle-East and North Africa economic resilience and exposure? In this webinar, we discuss the Covid-19 implications for key MENA economies in the short and long terms,.Watch on Demand →
In this webinar, we focus on the Middle East and Europe regions and explore how automation and digital technologies are helping businesses, consumers and workers create new economic opportunities brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.Watch on Demand →
The government’s grandiose infrastructural spending plans, alongside wide-ranging investment in energy, healthcare and education, feed into the country’s long-term development vision — New Kuwait 2035Access the Report →
Explore the highlights of our exclusive workshop about innovation and people development for senior leaders in the Islamic Finance sector.Read →
An independent study of more than 1000 senior management attitudes to leadership development and executive education in the Middle East.Download the report →
66% of executives in the Middle East believe digital adoption and cybersecurity are their greatest business challenges, our report in partnership with DIFC revealed.Read it now →