Five months into INSEAD GEMBA programme, I have been challenged from all aspects: academically, socially, personally, and professionally – all in terms of pushing me out my comfort zone and breaking those limiting boundaries. Things like managing priorities, researching, managing self and group work, engaging with wider audiences, looking inwards, and unlearning things that held me back are examples of enablers in this journey.
In spring of 2016, I created a folder in my personal files called “Project INSEAD” – which holds all what I need to know and do to apply for an MBA at INSEAD. With the momentum starting on building my application, it had to be halted mid-way for personal reasons, yet the idea of attaining my MBA never went away, in fact, it remained strong and engraved in my mind – as a component in a plan to achieve my career and personal aspirations.
Participating in the Middle East section was a great opportunity for me to get to know a new region and also understand a different way of working.
I'm a very direct, outgoing person. I had to learn patience and collaboration.
During the programme, I opened six new international offices and today, we have 160 employees.
Thanks to the GEMBA, I have the theoretical frameworks, the networks and the leadership skills to realise our dream.
People say that you learn from your own mistakes, but it’s even more powerful to learn from other people’s insights!
Do not be scared to try new things