Regional executives retreat to Cambridge

The Middle East Executive Retreat offers top government and business figures the opportunity to discuss key issues of the day with the world's leading academics.

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By  David Ingham Published  March 29, 2001

England’s Cambridge University will play host in June to a heavyweight event that promises to give regional executives comprehensive insights into the trends shaping global business. The Middle East Executive Retreat (June 19-22) will take place at the university’s Judge Institute of Management Studies, established in 1990 by the university to further the study of business and management.

The three and a half day event will tackle issues like entrepreneurship, globalisation, business innovation and e-commerce and their impact and relevance to the Middle East. The Retreat’s content will be delivered by globally respected academics, backed up by the presence of leading business and political figures linked to the institute.

Candidates attending the Middle East Executive Retreat will typically have ten or more years of management experience in companies whose revenues exceed $50 million. Attendees coming from the government sector will occupy positions that directly influence the formulation of public policy in their countries.

Amongst the people that have confirmed their support for the retreat are Lord Prior, chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce; and Sir Paul Judge, a leading businessman whose name the Judge Institute carries. Jim Sillars, a former member of the UK parliament, and Sir Roger Tomkys, former British Ambassador to Bahrain and Syria, are also amongst those who will attend.

“The idea of the Cambridge Middle East Executive Retreat, where strategic issues can be examined in depth, and in complete privacy, away from the day-to-day pressures on ministers and senior business people, is an excellent one,” says Lord Prior. “It is a model that is tried and tested in Western nations, and I am absolutely sure it will serve Arab interests with the same level of success."

The Judge Institute has an 82-strong MBA course that boasts students from 29 countries and in its short lifetime has become a globally respected business school. The university tries to close the gap between theory and practice by maintaining close links with the business world and its own graduates.

Cambridge is certainly an appropriate place to hold an event focusing on the New Economy and its implications for business. The region can now call itself one of Europe’s technology hotbeds, thanks to the Cambridge Science Park and St. John’s Innovation Centre, both university spinoffs. There’s even an e-Judge Club for technology entrepreneurs coming out of the Judge Institute.

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