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.

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  • August 2018
  • Case

MISHA: Modernizing the World of Shisha

By: William R. Kerr and Gamze Yucaoglu

The case opens in 2017 with two of the five co-founders of MISHA telling the company’s CEO Michal Portz that they believe it is time for the global venture to shut down its operations and cease investments. Portz and another co-founder believe MISHA can still work. The case describes the origins of the ready-to-use capsule solution for shisha smokers and the evolution of MISHA from idea to product design, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. Consequent mishaps slow down the performance of MISHA, and after five years of the product being in the market and four financing rounds, numbers are far behind what they were in the business plan. The case explores the pivots the company goes through. The central dilemma is this: should the cofounders pull the plug on the company or invest more time and money to try to turn it around? When and according to which criteria should Portz make such a decision?

  • August 2018
  • Case

Israel — An Energy Leviathan?

In the last decade, Noble Energy and the Delek Group have discovered almost 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, offshore of Israel. For Israel, this has been an extraordinary turnaround, from energy dependence on Arab producers to energy independence and exporter. For Prime Minister Netanyahu, this abundance poses a huge foreign-policy opportunity to lock in national relationships. For Noble, it poses significance operational challenges, funding issues, and long-term political risk.

  • August 2018
  • Case

Tailor Brands: Artificial Intelligence-Driven Branding

Using proprietary artificial intelligence technology, startup Tailor Brands set out to democratize branding by allowing small businesses to create their brand identities by automatically generating logos in just minutes at minimal cost with no branding or design skills required. As it sets out to raise its Series B, the founders make some critical changes to their business model, moving to a subscription model and adding additional products and services to automate other parts of the branding and marketing process. Can algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence help Tailor Brands outperform graphic designers and branding agencies in developing brand identities? And, can Tailor Brands differentiate itself from the many other logo generators popping up in the market?

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Istanbul Staff

Esel Çekin
Executive Director
Yasemin Çağlar
Educational Programs Manager
Zeynep Maggonul
Office Manager
Gamze Yucaoglu
Assistant Director

Dubai Staff

Alpana Thapar
Assistant Director, MENA Region
Samer Al-Rachedy
Research Associate

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Dhalia Tabori
Administrative Assistant