The Manchester MBA: a career-transforming experience
Learn about the real impact and benefits of an MBA from our panel of distinguished MBA alumni as they take you through their learning journeys.
Whether it’s career acceleration, a career switch, or a more entrepreneurial career path, our guest speakers have a very personal story to share about the impact of the MBA on their careers and lives, and how others could achieve similar success.
Our MBA alumni panelists:
Zahi Chaar has worked in sales for over 17 years, gaining experience in data, media and automotive sales. He graduated with merit from Alliance MBS in 2015, and has been an ambassador for the University and the business school 2017. He was recently promoted to Chevrolet Country Manager, UAE - Oman – Lebanon, General Motors Middle East.
Firas Khabour is an alumni of The University of Manchester, Middle East Centre who graduated with distinction. He is the founder of Innovestor DMCC, a Dubai company specialized in insurance innovations. He served as a CEO advisor and a senior regional project manager utilizing his executive experience in bottom-line turnaround and transformation management. He is known for his professional emphasis on strategy transformation, digital innovation, automation and excellence with successful project portfolios across Middle East, Europe and Singapore serving large organizations like Munich Re and SEHA. Firas is also an inspiring trainer of design thinking, PMP and Agile methodologies.
Abdullah Zaid Keilani is an achiever, leader, IT designer advisor, IT specialist consultant, Husband , a son of an MBS PHD alumni, father & basketball player. Has an over 15 years of progressive, broad and diverse professional experience in multinational high-tech industry. Abdullah currently is an Accounts Director at Dell Technologies representing seven different US companies (DELL, DELLEMC, VMware, RSA ,Secureworks, Virtustream & Pivotal) for a selected territory.
Abdullah has a Proven Track Record in high-tech sales coupled with a strong technical background. Excellent interpersonal skills, business communication, strong influencer with leadership skills. Abdullah’s leadership managed to prove his ability in leveraging classical and OEM channel with the entire ecosystem partners. Abdullah Success came to his ability to work in a matrix managed situation with and through people wins.
Abdullah is an MBA-Engineering holder from MBS and holding a computer science degree from The University of Sharjah. Abdullah has more than 35+ technical certificates on IT domains and DBA-Science candidate at MBS.
Abdullah within his career managed business across different countries/regions/sectors such as UAE, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Oman & Pakistan.
Abdullah gained several awards such :
- UAE’s Stellar Executive for Dell Technologies 2019.
- FY16 Brocade Excellence Award
- FY15 Brocade Sales Challenger of the year.
- FY15 Outstanding achievement award.
- FY15 Brocade Excellency “Managed to replace Brocade competition on more than 10 major accounts within H1 FY15 in UAE.”
- FY14 Brocade Achiever “Managed to treble the IP business for Brocade in UAE- 285% achievement.”
- FY13 Brocade EMEA Achiever.
- FY10 Cisco #1 Sales Leader for Emerging Markets & Worldwide.