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13 March 2014

MBRSG Executive Education Organizes Field Visit to the UK for DEWA Frontiers

Executive Education at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) organized a best practice benchmark trip to London- UK for DEWA managers as part of the third batch of the Frontiers leadership development program, a two-year customized training program that concludes in May 2014. The trip, which was held earlier this month witnessed the participation of 26 senior managers from different departments in DEWA. During the visit, participants had the opportunity to identify best practices at various government departments in the UK. Some of the visits the delegates attended are Waltham Forest Town Hall, Water treatment facilities, Olympic park, West Ham substation, and Kings Yard substation. They also attended workshops on organizational change and reform in the civil service, People Management, , Risk management, strategic thinking, Customer Focus in Energy Services, Leadership, Risk in major infrastructure, , Business Continuity and Emergency Planning , sustainable strategies. The Frontiers program offered monthly management modules to participants on coaching and development, people management, advanced strategic thinking & organizational change, advanced leadership development, finance for non-financial managers and macroeconomic fundamentals, practical advanced negotiation& communication skills, globalization, public policy, dynamic governance, and advanced risk management. The modules were presented in cooperation with senior faculty based on hands-on experience. Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, said: “MBRSG customised the Frontiers program to enhance the managerial skills of DEWA senior managers and empower them to deliver high quality services that conform to the UAE’s vision and the leadership’s strategic goals. “Since the launch of the Frontiers leadership development program, we have worked with DEWA to ensure a two-way flow of communication with participants to broaden their perspectives. We are confident we have delivered an enriching learning experience and our candidates will add great value to their professional roles following the completion of the program.” The field visit to the UK was met with an extremely positive response by participants, who stated that the experience allowed them to broaden their perspectives and better understand practical applications of MBRSG’s teachings. “DEWA focuses on making every effort and harnessing every available resource to develop UAE Nationals and prepare them for professional roles in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has underlined the importance of developing Emirati youth. Our highest priority is providing them with the right skills needed for the job market. DEWA has implemented several national talent-development plans and training programmes for our staff to create a positive environment to help them develop their careers. This programme is part of several initiatives by DEWA for its employees to support their skills, which is a key factor in driving our success and all-round excellence,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. “DEWA is working to improve the skills of UAE Nationals and provide them with training programmes to advance their skills to enhance their productivity, strengthen employee satisfaction and promote their career by adopting international best practices in training. DEWA is keen to promote cooperation and partnerships with educational institutions, National development programmes and international organisations to achieve our employee-development goals. Our cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government on this ground-breaking programme will contribute to developing the skills of DEWA employees and strengthen their professional skills at all levels,” said Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources of DEWA
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