HARVARD Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program Sept 22-29 - Dubai

This is applicable only for the final year students (2019 Batch).

Interested students should immediately register their names with Mr. Raja, Office of International Relations, I floor, Gnana Vihar on or before 5 pm, 28th June, 2018. Since the deadline is on 30th June. We need to complete the process immediately.



Harvard Professors and Alumni Offer Unique Opportunity for First Generation College Students from Africa, Middle East and South Asia.


Many nations of our region are under-represented within the Harvard community. Students in these countries, often ‘first in family’ to achieve a college education, may face socio-economic obstacles that discourage application to post-graduate schools.


Harvard University professors will welcome 70 first-generation college students from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, to the Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders programin Dubai, a unique, fully-funded leadership development opportunity for accomplished, ambitious young people who have already had to overcome significant barriers to higher education.


During the pilot program 2017, 55 students engaged with each other and faculty through the renowned Harvard Business School case-study method of teaching and learning, exposing them to real, contemporary business scenarios. Executives from leading private and publicly-owned multinational companies visited the classroom to interact with students and offer their invaluable wisdom and experience. 


The successful cohort of 2017 included a young woman from a city in Pakistan with the country’s lowest female literacy rate, an Indian student who had worked as a garbage collector to pay his school fees, and a student from Ghana whose mother inspired her to reach higher education.


The 2018 program will see a larger, even more diverse group of students exposed to a greater variety of disciplines within Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), business and leadership.


Harvard faculty leading the program include Tarun Khanna, Director, the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School; Karim R. Lakhani, Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, co-director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.


The program will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials, for students who are the first in their families to attend college and who are also facing challenging financial and social circumstances that discourage them from applying to postgraduate schools.


The program is organized by the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, and the Harvard Business School Club of the GCC, with the support of DIFC, Air Arabia, the Rove Hotels, Dubai Future Accelerators, and Expo 2020.



For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit The Crossroadswebsite.


About HBS Club of the GCC:


Founded in 2009, the HBS Club of the GCC is one of the most active alumni clubs in the middle-east.  With over 1,000 alumni in the GCC, the club organizes content-driven events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Manama and Muscat with our marquee event, the Harvard Crossroads Conference, being one of the must-attend events in the region’s calendar.


Following the success of last year’s pilot Crossroads Summer Program, I am pleased to share the details, and the new name of the Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program, to be held in Dubai on September 22-29, 2018.


The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program is a unique career development opportunity for first-generation, underprivileged college students from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The Program serves both as an opportunity to develop the capabilities of tomorrow’s leaders as well as foster collaboration across our greater region.


Held in partnership with DIFC, and under the patronage of Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of DIFC, the program is run by volunteers with the support of corporate sponsors such as Air Arabia, the Rove Hotels, and others to come. The program is offered at no cost to the selected students.


With only 9% of Harvard’s student body originating from the greater region, the Harvard Business School Alumni of the GCC sees a great opportunity in enabling the potential of the next generation. The Emerging Leaders Program will be taught, in partnership with the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), over 7 days in Dubai by leading Harvard professors specialized in Business Administration, Arts and Humanities, Social Science and Science.


I have attached a presentation of the program and our press release for more details, and we are counting on you to promote it widely. Please be informed that the deadline for application is ending on June 30, 2018.


We would like to see the best candidates from your greater region apply and attend the program.


Please share this information with your students and with other organizations which may be interested in our program.


Thank you




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