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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Kompass Consultancy team

Fast-growing Dubai firm has helped push the personal development needs of hundreds of people in the region

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Kompass Consultancy team

There are many reasons why the trio of co-founders of Kompass Consultancy - Gaj Ravichandra, Joanna Dawson and Leila Rezaiguia - deserve this week’s Entrepreneurs of the Week accolade.

From a business development perspective, they’ve managed to grow their Dubai-based performance and career management business by over 110 percent and expand it to over four continents in just two years.

However, although continuously pushing their professional edge, they keep a close eye on the personal development needs of people in this region.

They have worked with 700 MBA students at around 50 top business schools in Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai and London.

Assisting individuals in their career transition is particularly important in the UAE, as they claim. Kompass has assisted over 250 management level employees with their career strategies, in a bid to help them deal with organisational restructuring and redundancy in the region, particularly within the banking and finance and heavy machinery industries.

In addition to also engaging with government departments to drive leadership programmes, the firm has also established ‘Kompass Executive Majlis Series’, a women's leadership programme, and works closely with the Dubai Business Women Council to impart world class practices on career, performance and well-being to female entrepreneurs.

They also work on enhancing athletes’ capabilities with many sporting institutions, including the Desert Cubs Cricket Academy.

They do talk the talk and walk the walk. Earlier this
year, Kompass offered specific support to the Sri Lankan National Special
Olympics Team by co-sponsoring them to attend the Games in Los Angeles.

There were fewer participants from Sri Lanka in this year’s competition than in 2013 due to a lack of funds.

With the help of a few Sri Lankan government institutions and local companies, as well as Kompass Consultancy, which provided the official attire and the tracks kits for the team, they managed to win three golds, two silvers, and three bronzes.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help someone a lot.

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