DIFC employee wins prestigious internship at top US university



Amna Al Sayed, Head of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) Customer Service Centre has been selected from a large number of highly qualified applicants to participate in the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI) US Business Internship Program for Young Middle Eastern Women. The programme starts this month.

MEPI is a Presidential initiative to support economic, political and educational reform efforts in the Middle East and to champion opportunity for all people of the region, especially women and youth. The objective of MEPI is to link together private sector businesses, NGO’s and governments from the Middle East and the US.

The US Business Internship Program for Young Middle Eastern Women is an intensive four week MBA-level academic program that will encompass management, finance, accounting, business strategy, marketing, organisational behaviour, IT, governance and business ethics. The program will be held at the Goizueta Business School, part of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1919, the Goizueta Business School’s BBA, MBA and Executive MBA courses are all ranked within the top 20 in the world over the last five years.

Following completion of the course, all of the program participants will begin internships at Fortune 500 companies. In the year following Amna’s participation she will be invited to join the MEPI alumni program, the goal of which is to support the ongoing development of the participants.

“It is an honour to be selected to participate in this MEPI programme and I am thrilled to be taking part,” Said Amna. “In two years at the DIFC I have learned so much about international business and I look forward to returning with a greater understanding of the global business environment. I am grateful to the DIFC for its support of me in my application to join the MEPI scheme.”

Amna joined the DIFC in July 2002 and as head of the Customer Service Centre, she is the main point of contact for client enquiries and is responsible for the service standards of the DIFC.

DIFC CEO Naser Nabulsi said, “I am delighted for Amna and she goes with our very best wishes. Amna is an asset to the DIFC, her work in our customer service centre is vital as she is, in many ways, the public face of the DIFC. I have every confidence that she will prove to be an asset to the MEPI programme and as an alumni.

The DIFC is committed to the development of its staff and the selection of Amna to the MEPI programme is evidence of the support we will give to anyone at the DIFC seeking to develop their skills and experience.”

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