University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) was recently recognised by the United Arab Emirates' Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) for outstanding contribution to its leadership development. The award was presented to GIBS by His Excellency Dr. Rashid Alleem, Chairman of SEWA at the annual Sharjah Energy Forum held in Sharjah on the 9th of January 2020.
The Sharjah Energy Forum, which is in its sixth year was organised by SEWA and had participation from 359 energy experts and 140 top energy companies across 15 countries globally. The theme was centred around future energy strategy plans for the end of 2025. GIBS was given an opportunity to exhibit at the event along with 35 companies in the energy sector. The School has been the executive education provider for SEWA's learning and development academy for over a year and has delivered programmes to SEWA's leadership in support of their mandate.
In his speech at the event, His Excellency, Dr. Alleem, praised the turnout and highlighted the keenness of SEWA to support scientific research and economic studies related to diversifying energy sources and environmental protection.
Upon accepting the award, Executive Director; Open Programmes at GIBS, Nishan Pillay, said, "Through our programmes, we aim to provide leaders with diverse mindsets thereby improving performance in their roles. We aim to support leaders and executives across the globe with relevant and impactful learning and engagement.
We are honoured to receive this award as it reaffirms GIBS' commitment to leadership development and we strongly believe that investing in leadership development is essential to building forward-thinking strategies across any organisation and country." He added.
GIBS' continued work with SEWA is centred around the delivery of quality learning interventions to professionals on a range of topics such as; senior executive development, customer centricity, innovation, business acumen, and women in leadership.