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Breakthrough for London Business School in Oman

Candidates from London Business School's Leadership Programme in Oman Oil Company during 2013
Muscat, (Oman): London Business School (LBS)’s world-class faculty will deliver executive education programmes in Oman soon. This has become possible due to a high-end deal between LBS and Oman’s two major companies. On this attempt hinges the answer to whether Oman is building its leadership pipeline.

The School, which is regularly ranked amongst the best in the world, is already an established name in business education in the Middle East, having set up a centre in Dubai five years ago and is working with several of the largest companies in the region. London Business School had climbed to third place in the recently published Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2014. LBS is the UK’s only representative in the top ten.

As part of the programme, LBS will deliver its globally renowned Executive Education programmes to above middle-level executives of Oman’s two leading companies in the finance and energy sectors. It is two stalwart companies of Oman viz. Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and the National Bank of Oman (NBO) have chosen London Business School to deliver executive education and leadership development to their mid to senior executives. LBS will deliver its ‘Essentials of Leadership’ open programme to PDO and provide a custom Executive Education programme to NBO.

The programmes will see London Business School’s world-class faculty deliver the intensive courses in London and Muscat which examine the challenges and successes leaders face in day-to-day management. Rahul Dhadphale, regional director – Middle East at London Business School, said, “London Business School’s partnerships with PDO and NBO shine a light on Oman’s enormous talent resource and its ambition to build its leadership pipeline.

“We are looking forward to working together towards fostering a new generation of business leaders that will continue to propel the sultanate along impressive growth in the energy and financial spheres. The partnership with NBO, together with our partnership with PDO which began four years ago, will solidify London Business School’s presence in the Middle East and continue the work we have undertaken over a number of years now with several of Oman’s leading companies.”- added Rahul Dhadphale.

Shabir Hussain, talent management, Omanisation and recruitment manager at PDO, said, “We value our partnership with London Business School, which complements the leadership curriculum we offer to our staff at PDO.”

The custom programme with National Bank of Oman (NBO), which currently has 54 branches across the sultanate, will address the key needs of the organisation and deliver an innovative programme that specifically addresses NBO’s objectives.


Earlier in 2013, London Business School had won a significant contract to launch the TAKATUF Leadership Programme to train talented managers at Oman Oil Company and its associated group companies.

In 2013, London Business School had been appointed by Kuwait’s National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) to design and lead a world class leadership programme for the Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC), worth US$38 million.




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