By Tamara Pupic
Dunia Young Business Leaders Programme graduates class of 2016.
Dunia Young Business Leaders Programme, a CSR initiative of Abu Dhabi-based Dunia Finance, recently graduated its fourth batch of entrepreneurial students.
The annual two-week programme targets high school students in grades 11 and 12, as well as first and second year university students. It welcomed 57 students this year, marking a 61 percent increase in enrolment since its inauguration in 2013.
By connecting participants with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, who share their insights and expertise, the programme helps equip students with the skills and commercial understanding necessary to excel in their respective fields.
The programme was recently awarded the Dubai Endowment Sign from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Center for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC) in recognition of dunia’s contribution to the community and as a model for private sector enterprises.
Commenting on the programme, Rajeev Kakar, managing director and CEO of dunia, said: “The world is now more competitive and fast-paced than ever, which requires the new generation to be creative and innovative, so as to disrupt the status quo – and this was evident in the ideas that were discussed in this year’s programme.
“Our goal at dunia is to inspire and empower youth to be catalysts for change – change that would enrich their own lives, and the lives of their communities. Through the programme and its mentorship and learning opportunities with seasoned professionals, we are ensuring these students have the knowledge and skills to develop their innovative ideas and make their dreams a reality.
“Most importantly, as up-and-coming leaders, each will have a role to play in job creation and economic evolution through their active and meaningful participation in society.”
Dunia is a strategic investment and alliance created by Mubadala, Fullerton Financial Holdings, Waha Capital, and A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises.
Education and continual learning is one of four key pillars of its CSR platform, dunia Cares, which enables the company to progress on a range of causes that seek to empower people, enrich lives and drive success.