Abu Dhabi's CNIA Executives Participate in Leadership Program

February 14, 2011

Participants Invited to Dinner at UAE Embassy with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has developed a custom executive education program to advance the leadership skills of senior managers of the Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) in Abu Dhabi. The program, which held its first two sessions in Abu Dhabi this past fall, culminated on Georgetown’s campus in Washington, D.C., January 18-21, 2011.

The 15 CNIA executives attended classes at Georgetown and visited organizations involved with national security, including the Port of Baltimore and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The participants also heard from officials who oversaw port and other security challenges, including James Loy, former deputy secretary of homeland security (2003-2005) and commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during the September 11 attacks.

“This partnership between Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and CNIA is a significant step forward in the furthering of both the CNIA and the United Arab Emirates’ strong emphasis on global education for its citizens,” says Paul Almeida, senior associate dean for executive education. “We have customized a program that applies a global approach enhance the knowledge and management skill set of CNIA leaders.”

“As the protector of Abu Dhabi’s critical infrastructure, CNIA requires both technical and tactical competence and confidence,” said H.E. Staff Brigadier Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of CNIA. “Training and education based on the world’s best practices is a key priority for us and we are very pleased to be building bridges with such a distinguished school and its partners. This global approach to education offers our senior managers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will help us in fulfilling our mission.”

To welcome CNIA’s visit to the United States and to mark the significance of the Georgetown partnership, UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba hosted a dinner with the program participants, members of the commercial sector, and other UAE/US-based dignitaries.

About Executive Education at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C.  The school is highly regarded for its global approach to executive education.  In addition to the program for CNIA, Georgetown provides custom programs for executives from companies based in Japan, South America, Spain, Germany, and Nigeria. Georgetown also offers prestigious Executive MBA and and Executive Master’s in Leadership degree programs, as well as a Global Executive MBA with ESADE Business School in Spain and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.

About the Critical National Infrastructure Authority
The Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) was established by royal decree in May 2007 and operates under the guidance of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and with the support of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The CNIA is charged with ensuring the security of the Emirate's critical assets, including onshore and offshore oil rigs, all energy and water facilities and its waters. It does so by employing world-leading human capital and technology, prudent leadership and facilitating partnerships with other federal and local government agencies and stakeholders.