News & Highlights

  • MAY 2018

Careem: Riding the First Unicorn in the Middle East

Doubling in size every two months, ride-hailing service Careem was experiencing growing pains operationally and culturally. In this podcast, Shikhar Ghosh discusses how the founders struggled to keep its 4 million customers satisfied in the Middle East.
  • MAY 2018

Interview with Waseem Khayata - SELPME 2018

As managing director of investment at Finance House, Waseem Khayata came to the Senior Executive Leadership Program—Middle East (SELPME) to further his professional development and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to meet his career goals. He recently sat down with us to share his thoughts.
  • MAY 2018

Professor Max Bazerman Meets with Alumni to Discuss New Book, "The Power of Noticing"

On May 10, 2018 Professor Max H. Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at HBS and the Co-Chair of the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School met a group of 30 alumni during an event held in Istanbul. Professor Bazerman held a discussion on his new book “The Power of Noticing : A guide to making better decisions, noticing important information in the world around you, and improving leadership skills.’’ Professor Bazerman delivered a captivating talk that cultivated an engaging and thought-provoking conversation among the group.
  • MARCH 2018

The 2018 Harvard Crossroads Conference

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Harvard Business School Alumni Club of the GCC celebrated the 6th Annual Harvard Crossroads Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Led by Goulam Amarsy, MBA 1981 and President of HBS Club of the GCC welcomed 350 alumni, business leaders and thought leaders who debated on the issue of “deglobalization.” The conference aimed to celebrate leaders who have pioneered industries, economic sectors, and countries while also engaging with young leaders and innovators from the region. It fostered intelligent debate on innovation, future proofing, entrepreneurship, and disruptive economic issues impacting the growth of the region.

New Research on the Region

  • October 2018
  • Case

BreezoMeter: Making Air Pollution Data Actionable

By: Frank V. Cespedes, Allison M. Ciechanover and Margot Eiran

Israel-based startup providing actionable air pollution data wrestles with which markets and customers to focus on.

  • September 2018
  • Case

Zebra Medical Vision

By: Shane Greenstein and Sarah Gulick

An Israeli startup founded in 2014, Zebra Medical Vision developed algorithms that produced diagnoses from X-rays, mammograms, and CT-scans. The algorithms used deep learning and digitized radiology scans to create software that could assist doctors in making diagnoses. By July 2018, Zebra had developed seven algorithms to analyze scans for emphysema, liver density, compression fractures, bone density, brain bleeds, breast cancer, and a calcium score used to detect calcified plaque in coronary arteries. For each scan analyzed, Zebra charged hospitals $1. By 2018 Zebra found itself in a race with its competitors to perfect these algorithms, create software tools, distribute the tools to physician partners, and create a market. Zebra already had several partners in the U.S. and Europe who gave feedback on its development. Management had to answer the following questions: What should they do next at Zebra? Should they work on the accuracy of the already developed algorithms or continue to develop many new tools? If they chose to develop new products, which applications should they address? And how should they go to market?

  • September 2018 (Revised September 2018)
  • Case

From Beirut With Love (A)

By: Christina R. Wing, Esel Y. Cekin and Samer Al-Rachedy

This case describes how Robert Fadel, as CEO and chairman of ABC, one of Lebanon’s leading retail and real estate groups, professionalized the family business amid ongoing disputes with his siblings. Robert was the second son of Maurice Fadel, who had founded the business years before and who ran it single-handedly. Growing up with three brothers, Robert and his siblings were tested by their father before they were allowed to take on managerial positions at ABC, which created competition and tension between them. Their relationship was often contentious. To prevent the business from being affected by the rivalry between his sons after his death, Maurice set up a trust in 2002 that designated Robert as his successor. A month before he died, in 2009, Maurice revised the trust, granting Robert full control of the board as well. In June 2009, Maurice passed away, and according to the provisions of the trust, Robert became the chairman and CEO of ABC for a period of five years, with the possibility of extending his term by an additional three years—on condition that he had the support of one of his brothers. In his new role, Robert had two main goals. First, he wanted to turn ABC into a professionally managed organization at all levels. Second, he wanted to invest in long-term projects that would expand the business. Actualizing his vision was not an easy task. Robert had to deal with his brothers’ opposition, who focused on collecting dividends rather than making investments to grow the business. In spite of everything, Robert achieved both his goals by the end of his eighth year, in 2017, when he stepped down as ABC’s CEO. Should he appoint someone from outside the Fadel family as ABC’s new CEO? Should Robert Fadel step down from the chairmanship as well?

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