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Impact Plus, a leading Dubai-based ‘Business Knowledge’ facilitator offering accredited training programs in the Middle East and Africa, has launched three interactive and practical entrepreneurial development initiatives with an aim to reduce leadership deficit. The new US-accredited development programs -- Ana Montejah™, Certified Professional Graduate (CPG™), and Certified Professional Manager (CPM™) -- are specially designed to address the long-term strategic needs in the region’s labour market, ensuring significant and meaningful employee engagement. They have been particularly developed for the region’s growing pool of top executives, decision makers, and fresh graduates to help them build up their leadership skills to improve performance, enhance creativity and innovation, and increase business productivity.

The Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM), a business school focusing on developing entrepreneurial leadership, has emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in achieving organizational excellence within the UAE, for both the government and private sectors. A subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Chamber, ADSM highlights how top-level executives around the world count innovation among the most important growth factors and adds that some of the biggest and most successful enterprises in Abu Dhabi and the UAE are explicitly committed to innovation.

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Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) will organize the ‘Smart City Start-Up Launch Pad’ program from May 2 to 6, 2015 at its campus in Dubai Academic City. The Smart City Start-Up Launch Pad is designed to help young entrepreneurs who are interested in better understanding the new trends in ‘smart cities,’ so that they can refine or redefine their current business model. The program is based on materials coming from the latest research on innovation and entrepreneurship conducted at INSEAD, Stanford University, Harvard University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachussets Institute of Technology. However, it is adapted to suit the requirements of Dubai’s ‘smart city’ environment.

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The Abu Dhabi School of Management (ADSM), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, an educational institution dedicated to developing the UAE’s future entrepreneurial leaders, has agreed a partnership with Imperial College Business School, part of Imperial College London, one of the world’s leading universities for science, technology, engineering and medicine. The partnership was officially sealed during a signing ceremony held at the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the presence of H.E. Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Prof. G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam, Dean of Imperial College Business School; and Prof. Abdullah Abonamah, President of the Abu Dhabi School of Management.

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Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation set up by the Abu Dhabi Government to facilitate public-private partnerships for empowering youth across the UAE, has held the first round of its Business Breakfast Social Investment forum for 2015.

This quarterly event unites representatives from public and private sector institutions from across the UAE that are interested in furthering their social investment or CSR activities.

The forum focused on the topic of social enterprise development and also featured the announcement of the second edition of the Emirates Award for Arabian Gulf Youth (EAAGY).

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