CNIA – CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY OF ABU DHABI: EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
CNIA, established in 2007, is the Abu Dhabi government authority tasked with handling the protection and security of the nation’s vital assets and infrastructure. Working with other government security forces, CNIA uses integrated security strategies and the sharing of best practices through public-private partnerships.
As it continues to build out its relatively new organization, CNIA sought to provide its senior management team, many drawn from non-business civilian and military organizations, with a higher level of understanding of critical business areas including finance and budgeting, strategy, communications and service, and global operations. CNIA also wished to benefit from Georgetown’s presence in – and resulting understanding of – the region through its “branch” campus in Qatar and the McDonough School of Business experience consulting on numerous projects in the UAE.
Georgetown’s Custom Program for CNIA
Georgetown and CNIA worked together to develop a five-module “workshop abroad” program that included week-long sessions in Abu Dhabi and Washington, D.C.. In Washington, participants heard from former officials of relevant U.S. agencies and visited a range of public and private institutions on their sites.
Through the program, CNIA’s senior managers gained tools to help them think strategically, bring a business and customer-service approach to their groups, organization and those that the Authority serves, and apply the U.S. experience in protection and security of vital national assets and infrastructure. Participants also got to know each other better, establish greater cohesion and shared understanding of their organization’s mission, goals – and their critical roles.