Applications open for McKinsey-backed Qimam Fellowship in Saudi Arabia

06 February 2019

Aspiring Saudi university students have until the end of the month to submit their applications for the second edition of the McKinsey-backed Qimam Fellowship.

Following a successful inaugural programme last year, the Qimam Fellowship – a high-level professional development and mentorship programme backed by global management consulting leaders McKinsey & Company – has opened applications for this year’s intake, with eligible Saudi students having until the 28th of the month to apply online. Last year, the programme attracted 13,000 applications, with just 50 hopefuls selected.

Established by former McKinsey engagement manager Annas Abedin with the support of McKinsey and a cross-industry network of two dozen leading local and international companies, the Qimam Fellowship aims to identify and nurture local young talent through an intensive programme of career training, skills development, company visits, networking and mentorship from senior public and private sector leaders.

Among the more than 100 executives to have participated to date, from programme partners such as Microsoft, Unilever, General Electric, Cisco, and SAP, are Careem co-founder and Chief People Officer Abdulla Elyas, and McKinsey Middle East managing partner Gassan Al-Kibsi – along with former Middle East managing director and senior partner Tarek Elmasry. Graduate fellows will also have their profiles shared with leading human resources executives, such as those from another of the programme partners; human capital consultancy Korn Ferry.McKinsey-founded Qimam fellowship opens applications for 2019 KSA intake
To be eligible, applicants must be studying a bachelor or masters’ degree in the Kingdom, or be of Saudi nationality studying at a university abroad, with a graduation date not before the 22nd of June this year when the in-person 12-day leadership and career-building training component of the fellowship concludes with an awards ceremony in Riyadh. Applicants will also need to possess minimum conversational and comprehension skills in both English and Arabic.

The selection criteria for the fellowship revolves around the three pillars of academic performance, initiative – such as accomplishments or activities beyond school or university – and social responsibility, or providing a service to society through for examples volunteering at charities or mentoring other students – with short-listed candidates going on to in-person interviews toward the end of March and admission offered in early April for those successful.

“Last year, we met some incredible young leaders full of tremendous potential – we were fascinated by their stories and inspired by their personal commitment to creating a vibrant future for the Kingdom,” said McKinsey Middle East partner Tom Isherwood. “We are thrilled to continue to lend our support to a program that we really believe will play a significant role in shaping their journeys.’’

Meanwhile, 2019 applications have now closed for another of McKinsey’s professional development programmes, the global Next Generation Women Leaders award, which provides outstanding female students with a scholarship toward tuition or career development activities together with opportunities for mentorship from McKinsey consultants. Participating regional offices include the firm’s branch in Riyadh, along with Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuwait City.

PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”