Etihad Airways and New York University Abu Dhabi collaborate on new executive leadership development programme

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Published January 17th, 2016 - 09:47 GMT
Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, and NYUAD Provost, Fabio Piano, celebrate the signing of the MoU between Etihad Airways and NYUAD.
Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, and NYUAD Provost, Fabio Piano, celebrate the signing of the MoU between Etihad Airways and NYUAD.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), to develop and deliver an executive leadership development programme.

The Leadership in Action programme, exclusively designed for Etihad Airways, aims to strengthen and cultivate leadership skills across the airline, with a major focus on UAE national executives. The programme will also benefit Etihad Airways’ subsidiaries and its equity partner airlines.

After a rigorous assessment process, 30 senior executives were selected from across the organisation, including 15 UAE national employees, as well as two executives from Alitalia.

The participants will undertake the comprehensive eight-month programme combining invaluable executive training with on-the-job learning and executive coaching.

Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, said: “This innovative programme demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the development of our international and UAE national leaders. It will evolve our executives into better leaders who can embrace change, build effective teams and leverage diversity in our multicultural environment. This will be instrumental in building a strong leadership culture throughout the organisation and equipping our people with the right tools to manage the airline’s future growth.”

The formal training is a fully integrated classroom training programme developed in partnership with NYUAD, which will draw expert faculty from its campuses in Abu Dhabi, New York, and Shanghai. Modules will include leadership presence, innovation, problem solving, team building, as well self-awareness tools and strategic projects.

Participants will also undertake long-term on-the-job strategic projects where they develop innovative business ideas. Executive one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions will help support each student’s personal development by focusing on their individual areas of strengths and opportunities.

NYUAD Provost, Fabio Piano, said: "This agreement between NYU Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways illustrates our commitment to fulfilling NYUAD's vision of establishing Abu Dhabi as a leading international hub for attracting, developing and retaining top global talent through transformative executive and professional education programmes. As a top-tier University and research institution, NYUAD is consistently seeking new ways to contribute to growth and innovation within the UAE and beyond. This partnership underscores that commitment, and we look forward to working closely with Etihad Airways on developing new opportunities for collaboration." 

The MoU also provides a formal framework for cooperation that will benefit NYUAD students in the areas of student internships, lectures by distinguished international speakers, seminars by Etihad Airways’ highly-skilled Learning and Development team, networking and other advanced opportunities.

Background Information

Etihad Airways

As an airline, Etihad has come a long way in a short time – just like its home Abu Dhabi. 

The airline was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003 and is wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi with a mandate to operate safely, commercially and profitably.

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