Assem O. Kabesh Appointed CEO of Young Arab Leaders

Published April 2nd, 2008 - 06:59 GMT

Assem O. Kabesh Appointed CEO of Young Arab Leaders

The Young Arab Leaders (YAL), the region’s foremost development platform for business, public sector and civil society leaders in the Middle East, today announced the appointment of Assem O. Kabesh as the CEO of YAL.

Assem is a senior management professional with 20 years experience in international and regional organisations, he has exceptional leadership skills and executive strategic business development plans. He has the ability to combine expert visionary, strategic, and tactical expertise to produce quality driven products, services and processes.

HE Dr. Omar bin Sulaiman, Chairman of the board of Directors of YAL said: "Renowned for his strong leadership skills and his strategic thinking, Assem is widely acknowledged for his achievements in strengthening and enabling emerging organizations. His appointment will add great value to the organization and we are confident that his vision and determination will enable YAL to realize its mission to further strengthen and develop Arab Human Capital.”

Assem said: “I would like to thank H.E Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of YAL and all those who have put their trust in me for leading the Young Arab Leaders into it next phase of development. I am truly honored of the high tribute done to me in this appointment, and view this as a great opportunity for me to join not just an organization of great minds but an endeavor of change and development for our region." 

Prior to his appointment at YAL, Assem occupied the position of Managing Director - Business Development and Member of the Board at the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC).

Assem’s experience has been varied and extensive. As the former Director of Sales at Dubai Internet city, he played a key role in developing, implementing and reviewing the sales strategy for one of Dubai’s greatest success stories. Today, this state-of-art business park is home to many fortune 500 technology firms such as Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Cisco, and Dell.  

Prior to this, he worked with Mashreq Bank as Assistant Vice President for Retail Banking. He began his career with American Express of Egypt

Educated in Egypt, USA and the United Kingdom. Assem holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University in the U.K and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the American University of Cairo.

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