BCG kicks off Jeel Tamooh program with 100 top KSA students

27 April 2021 4 min. read

Global strategy consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has kicked off the third edition of its Jeel Tamooh program, bringing together 100 of the most talented students from Saudi Arabia’s top universities.

Jeel Tamooh was introduced by Boston Consulting Group three years ago with the aim of inspiring Saudi Arabia based university students, and nurturing the country’s next generation of leaders. Following a rigorous selection process, those admitted are provided a five-month training program that helps them “accelerate their personal and professional development,” said Phillipe Cornette de Saint Cyr, head of BCG’s Riyadh office

The program’s kick off event took place earlier this month, in an interactive virtual format over three days. “The event welcomed a new set of members to Jeel Tamooh, allowing them to engage in our workshops and take part in dynamic sessions and discussions with BCG experts,” said Phillipe Cornette de Saint Cyr.

BCG kicks off Jeel Tamooh program with 100 top KSA students

Over the course of the three days, students were served an action-packed agenda of keynotes, workshops and virtual networking sessions. Moreover, key aspects of members’ development progress, such as self-awareness, industry understanding, and personal strengths, were assessed, with BCG identifying both outstanding qualities and areas for improvement per individual.

Day one

On day one, BCG’s global CEO Rich Lesser took the floor to address the lucky few, and emphasise the importance of building skills to navigating the new reality. After the opening remarks, Sophia Frempong, a Principal at BCG, hosted a keynote speech revolving around youth and development in Saudi Arabia, the new reality, and what it means for members to succeed. 

A BCG panel moderated by Beatrice Lemucchi, Managing Director and Partner at BCG, then held a discussion titled ‘What does it take to be a consultant?’, where members heard from Riyadh-based BCG junior associates and consultants on what it takes to succeed in such roles as they embark on their journey with BCG. Day one then concluded with a networking activity with BCG.Richard Lesser - Jeel Tamooh-program

Day two

Day two began with a topic fair with sessions centred around artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformation, fintech, social impact, and sustainability. This helped members learn how to navigate and lead in the new digital acceleration and transformation landscape, with an emphasis on ensuring that decisions made contributes to shaping a better future. 

The second day then concluded with a workshop led by Yassin El Khourouj, Partner at BCG. Centred around problem-solving, creativity, and team skills, the workshop began with a core consulting skills presentation, followed by a crack-the-case activity which students solved in teams.

Day three

The third day first saw a strength-based development workshop led by Aravinthan Gomathinayagam, Associate Director at BCG. The workshop enabled members to explore their strengths and improve self-awareness and understanding, with tools and content also provided to help them apply these characteristics in personal and professional life. The agenda then saw keynotes on specific development topics.

Joe Azzopardi, Partner at BCG, delivered ‘Your Unique Path’ and explained aspects concerning how members can empower their futures and take control of their respective career paths. Yves Morieux, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG, led ‘The Productivity Revolution,’ where he shared new concepts for future ways of working.

A personal branding workshop led by Hasan AlKabeer, Partner at BCG, then took place, where members discovered the importance of building their personal brand and how this can benefit their professional careers, before Beatrice Lemucchi shared key insights on diversity and inclusion.

The event was then closed by the man who kicked it off – Riyadh boss Phillip Cornette de Saint Cyr.