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GIBS partners with United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority Academy


University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has partnered with United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority’s (SEWA’s) learning and development Academy to become a executive education provider in support of the academy’s mandate.

SEWA aspires to be a continuously innovative and learning organisation. SEWA’s mandate is to be a trusted learning and development centre to support the utility’s growth and sustainability goals and it is tasked with developing a more versatile workforce equipped with the ability to execute strategy, serve customers proficiently, and drive agile innovation. Through high-impact learning interventions to be delivered by GIBS for the first time in UAE, SEWA’s professionals will be sufficiently equipped to respond to new opportunities presented in the UAE market.

GIBS will deliver various programmes to SEWA Academy’s professionals on a range of topics such as; senior executive development, customer centricity, innovation, business acumen, and women in leadership. With an increasing footprint across the African continent, and now the Middle East, GIBS recognises that the world of work and the skills and knowledge required is changing at a rate never before seen in human history, due to the relentless advancement of technology. As a result, GIBS is poised to provide globally relevant support to executives that operate in differing contexts, the world over.

SEWA is committed to providing a high-quality supply of electricity, water and gas, and continuous development of its facilities. The organisation has since its inception, assumed continuous expansion programmes to meet the increasing demand for the respective utilities. SEWA is led by His Excellency, Dr. Rashid Alleem, who is ranked third among the 25 most influential CEOs on the Gulf Corporate Council (GCC) and is considered one of the 100 most influential CEOs in the Middle East. His Excellency, Dr. Alleem has a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK.

Nishan Pillay, executive director, Open Programmes at GIBS said, “This is an exciting opportunity for GIBS, and we are proud to be working with an innovative and successful organisation in a region that is dynamic and growing. We look forward to making a positive impact through our programmes.”

His Excellency, Dr. Rashid Alleem, chairman at Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) commented "The true test of a great and visionary organisation is neither a healthy balance sheet, nor the quality standard certificates, but rather the kind of men and women the organisation turns out”. 

Dr Rashid Alleem.JPG His Excellency, Dr. Rashid Alleem: Chairman at Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA).

Dr. Rashid Alleem is ranked third among the 25 most influential CEOs in GCC and is considered one of the 100 most influential CEOs in the Middle East. He is a passionate writer; an environmentalist; a sought-after thought leader; the creator of CRITRAL Thinking - a unique blend of “critical and lateral” thinking; and an internationally respected transformational leader. Dr. Alleem earned a Ph.D. from the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK.

For further information contact:
Luleka Mtongana
Communications Manager
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Tel: +27 (0)11 771 4377/ +27 (0)72 273 2249

About GIBS:

Founded in 2000, the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is an internationally accredited business school, based in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub. As the business school for business, we focus on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in the South African environment and increasingly in our broader African environment, through the provision of high-quality business and management education. In May 2018, the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top South African and African business school. This is the 15th year running that GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2018 the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.

GIBS is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is a member of the South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). For more information, visit 


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