IBA KARACHI DAZZLES IN DUBAI - Corporate Engagement Event creates a buzz in Dubai

IBA KARACHI DAZZLES IN DUBAI - Corporate Engagement Event creates a buzz in Dubai

Very few events can claim to add to the razzmatazz that Dubai has to offer, and the IBA Corporate Engagement Event did exactly that on March 07, 2018, at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai. Organized in collaboration with the Alumni & Placement Society, the UAE Alumni Chapter and the Pakistan Executives’ Organization for Promotion of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (PEOPLE), the star-studded event attracted corporate heads from both the U.A.E. and Pakistan, and other prominent personalities from the U.A.E.

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Honorable Minister for Tolerance, UAE, graced the occasion as the chief guest. H.E. the Governor of Sindh, Mr. Muhammad Zubair, H.E. Mr. Shaukat Aziz, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Dean and Director of the IBA Karachi, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, the Alumni Representative on the IBA Board of Governors, Mr. Shahid Shafiq, Members of the IBA Board of Governors, Dr. A.Q. Mughal and Mr. Mazhar Ali Nasir, the former Dean and Director, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Members of the Pakistan Association of Dubai, the Pakistan Business Council, the Pakistan Professionals Wing, a large number of the IBA Alumni, and renowned UAE-based recruiting firms also attended the event. Generous donors and friends of the IBA travelled from Pakistan to be part of this endeavor.

To add to the glitz and glamour, the Karachi Kings Team dazzled in full attendance, mingled with the audience and graciously got their photos taken in big numbers.

The occasion also marked the Year of Zayed, to mark Sheikh Zayed’s ethos and commitment to leadership through human development, by showcasing the quality of the IBA Alumni in the UAE and promoting a positive image of Pakistan.

The event was in part an extension of the successful alumni engagement events in Lahore, and at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad, during the previous year – with the man behind the novel idea, Mr. Shahid Shafiq, having played an instrumental role in putting this event together. Addressing the audience, Mr. Shafiq elaborated that this gathering was “part of a three-year consolidated effort, and is part of a much larger plan of activating and consolidating the IBA’s links with the 14,000-strong alumni community, present all over the globe.”

IBA KARACHI DAZZLES IN DUBAI - Corporate Engagement Event creates a buzz in Dubai

The Alumni Representative acknowledged the role of Dr. Ishrat Husain who helped raise Rs. 5 Billion for the upgradation of facilities and human resource and brought the institution at par with any business school in the world. Mr. Shafiq suggested that the tagline of the IBA should be that “if you want to be the President of Pakistan, or the Prime Minister of Pakistan, a Governor of a Province, a Senator, an MNA, or a Bank President, Head of a multinational company, a prominent businessman or an IT expert – join the IBA.” He thanked the alumni for their participation in the event and encouraged them to stay connected with their alma mater.

Dr. Farrukh Iqbal welcomed the chief guest and stated that having started as a business school in 1955, the IBA, Karachi, has diversified its academic base over time in response to the changing needs of the society and the economy. “I believe diversity is important for universities. It adds value to the knowledge, experience, and skills of students. It promotes tolerance. It makes for better individuals and better citizens. We seek to promote diversity at the IBA in several ways. For example, for more than a decade now, we have actively sought students from a wide range of socioeconomic and regional backgrounds through our Talent Hunt Programs. We have supported this effort through expanding financial assistance programs. At present, around one-third of our full-time student body (or about 957 students) gets financial assistance in the form of grants and on-campus jobs amounting to Rs. 272 million.” Dr. Iqbal emphasized that through its Talent Hunt Programs, the IBA has reached out to underprivileged students in far flung areas of Pakistan and supported community development through education.

H.E. Mr. Shaukat Aziz, IBA Alumnus 1969, reminisced about his days at the IBA and credited his alma mater for honing his skills, which led to his success. He asked the youth to question their leaders about their decisions and reform agendas.

Echoing the sentiments of Mr. Aziz, H.E. Mr. Muhammad Zubair, IBA Alumnus 1980, mentioned the emphasis the IBA management lays on meritocracy and ensures a strict regimen for students which make them excel in their respective fields. Mr. Zubair also lauded the efforts of Dr. Ishrat Husain and his successor, Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, for transforming the IBA into one of the leading higher education institutions in South Asia.

IBA KARACHI DAZZLES IN DUBAI - Corporate Engagement Event creates a buzz in Dubai
His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan welcomed the guests and recognized the shared interests and values of Pakistan and UAE based on tolerance, compassion, and dialogue. The Minister noted that the curriculum at the IBA is dedicated to the journey of discovery and emphasizes the reality that a successful and respectable business is far more than just a business plan however necessary that plan is. Sheikh Nahyan thanked the Pakistani community for their achievements and contribution to the global community and moral vision.

President IBA Alumni UAE Chapter, Mr. Danish Kazi and President PEOPLE, Mr. Kashif Khan also spoke on the occasion.

9 Emirati and Pakistani professionals were bestowed PEOPLE – IBA Alumni UAE Chapter Excellence awards in areas of leadership, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.

The audience was very impressed upon viewing the IBA Corporate Video which showcased the details of current academic programs and Infrastructure status. Videos pertaining to the IBA National Talent Hunt Program (NTHP) also received praise from the viewers, having heard the heart-felt and life changing experiences of the NTHP students and graduates.
IBA KARACHI DAZZLES IN DUBAI - Corporate Engagement Event creates a buzz in Dubai

The IBA is thankful to the efforts of Mr. Jami Moiz, Patron Alumni & Placement Society, Ms. Malahat Awan, Head of Alumni Affairs, Mr. Haris Tohid Siddiqui, Senior Manager, Alumni Affairs, Mr. Syed Mazhar Ali Kazmi, Assistant Manager, Finance, Mr. Syed Arsalan Ashraf, Executive Resource Mobilization, Mr. Safee ul Haque, Manager Alumni & Placement Society and members of the core team for putting up a first of its kind show in Dubai.

The event would not have been made possible without the generous sponsorship from National Foods and Salama Insurance as Gold Sponsors and TPL Corporation, Citibank, Bank Alfalah as Silver Sponsors.

The IBA aims to hold similar events across the globe, engaging its alumni and the Pakistani community serving in leadership positions, and promoting a positive image of Pakistan.

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