Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East

Change is everywhere in the Middle East today, as many countries seek to diversify their economies and encourage new industries. The region’s complex business environment includes distinct political and economic conditions in each country—and an uncertain global economy. That’s why businesses seeking the best opportunities for growth in the region need exceptional leaders—executives who are bold decision-makers, global thinkers, and skilled strategists.

Taught in a series of modules offered in Boston and Dubai, this business management program will help you become a stronger leader who can deliver value in a global context, drive new levels of innovation, and build accountable, high–performance organizations.

Key Benefits

  • Think strategically, seize growth opportunities, and compete successfully, regionally and globally
  • Foster the innovations that will improve your organization's ability to deliver value to customers
  • Lead authentically and ethically at all levels and foster a culture of accountability across the organization
  • Build confidence in yourself as a leader, decision-maker, and negotiator
  • Develop enduring bonds with accomplished peers who span functions, industries, and countries
  • Take advantage of resources for lifelong learning as a member of the global HBS alumni community

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    Participant Profiles

    • Participants who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills as they explore and debate business challenges both in the Middle East and globally.
    • Ideal for senior executives from businesses that have experienced success within the Middle East, on their own, or with regional partners.
    • Participants have at least 15 to 20 years of work experience and represent a range of growth-focused organizations, from large, established companies and growing arms of multinational firms to new ventures and family businesses.
    • Ideal for both general managers and senior functional managers who want to improve their leadership skills and take advantage of new growth opportunities.
    • Appropriate for executives from multinationals with recently acquired or significantly expanded responsibilities who will be working in the region.

    Participant Experience

    Program Curriculum

    • Strategy

      • Practicing strategic thinking
      • Building strategic advantage through service and operational excellence
      • Creating customer value and building brands
      • Designing and executing growth strategies
      • Driving corporate performance
    • Leadership

      • Leading teams and managing talent
      • Driving organizational change
      • Becoming a more effective negotiator
      • Managing corporate finance
      • Leading an accountable organization
    • Innovation

      • Developing a more innovative organization
      • Understanding and promoting design thinking
      • Leveraging digital technologies
      • Becoming an entrepreneurial leader
    • Globalization

      • Understanding the global economy
      • Building businesses in emerging markets
      • Expanding your global perspective
    Note: The list of topics is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

    Meet the Faculty

    • Tarun Khanna

      Tarun Khanna

      Faculty Chair | Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor

      A sought-after educator and consultant with expertise in entrepreneurship, strategy, corporate governance, and international business



    Dates & Fees

    Dates Length Location Tuition Fees
    20–25 MAR 2022 6 Days HBS Campus US$75,000 plus Value Added Tax (VAT)
    19–30 JUN 2022 12 Days Taj Dubai, Dubai, UAE
    28 AUG–08 SEP 2022 12 Days Taj Dubai, Dubai, UAE
    04–16 DEC 2022 13 Days HBS Campus
    The Program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals.


    What is Harvard Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East?

    The Harvard Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East prepares you to make the bold market moves and internal changes needed to foster business growth and strong performance. You will emerge prepared to contribute to your company's success on a more strategic and senior level. Taught in a series of modules offered in Boston and Dubai, this program helps you become a stronger leader who can deliver value in a global context, drive new levels of innovation, and build accountable, high-performance organizations. Participants become alumni of HBS upon graduating from the program.

    Who should attend this program?

    The Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East is designed for senior executives, senior functional leaders, or general managers leading successful, established companies in the Middle East who want to sharpen their management and leadership skills to assume new responsibilities or drive growth initiatives.

    How is the program structured?

    The Harvard Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East is a nine-month program offered in a blended format with four intensive in-class modules—two in Boston and two in Dubai spanning over 7 weeks. In addition, participants will work on a Value Mapping Strategy Project that includes individual and group coaching.

    Where is the program held?

    Two modules of the program each will be held at the iconic Harvard Business School campus in Boston and at The Taj Hotel in Dubai. The classroom sessions are delivered by HBS faculty in amphitheater-style classrooms in both the locations.

    How can I apply for this program?

    The application process requires candidates to complete an online application form along with an updated resume (or LinkedIn profile), letter of reference, and an organogram indicating their hierarchy in the organization.