Deloitte empowers GCC talent with Kiyadat center of excellence

18 April 2024 2 min. read
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Professional services firm Deloitte has launched Kiyadat, a center of excellence designed to empower national talent across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. 

Inspired by the Arabic work ‘Kiyadat’, which translates to ‘Leaders’, the new center of excellence reinforces Deloitte’s commitment to fostering homegrown talent in the GCC region.

Kiyadat will serve as a platform for current and future Deloitte programs aimed at nurturing and empowering talent. These initiatives span a multitude of purposes, including people development, mentoring and sponsorship to empower talent to build careers made for the future. 

Deloitte empowers GCC talent with Kiyadat center of excellence

Kiyadat will include innovative programs such as ‘Kiyadat Tadarab’ internships, ‘Ahlan Kiyadat’ onboarding, ‘Najahi’ specialized mentoring, ‘Kiyadat Alliances’ as part of the external engagement strategy to strengthen ties with universities and government entities, as well as ‘Kiyada@Deloitte’, a dedicated portal for nationalization initiatives.

Commenting on the launch, Mutasem Dajani, CEO of Deloitte in the Middle East, said: “The Kiyadat center of excellence is an exciting element of our business and talent strategy, contributing to the advancement of the region. Our commitment is to support the development of national youth and professional leaders across the GCC, offering sustainable career paths within and beyond Deloitte.”

“Our aim is to foster, empower, and advocate for the growth of national talent, shaping meaningful and impactful careers,” he continued.

Overseeing the roll-out of Kiyadat is a newly installed Advisory Council comprising Rana Ghandour Salhab, People & Purpose Managing Partner; Jazala Hamad, Audit & Assurance Partner and UAE nationalization leader; Nasser AlSagga, KSA Head of Tax Controversy, and Riyadh Office Managing Partner; Ali AlWazzan, Kuwait Office Managing Partner; Ahmed AlQassabi, Oman Office Managing Partner; and Nasma Abbas, Nationalization Lead.

In their inaugural meeting held recently, the Advisory Council members reiterated that Kiyadat reflects Deloitte’s dedication to growing and advancing men and women in the GCC to assume professional leadership positions in line with their countries vision of the future.

Through leveraging strategic initiatives and forging impactful partnerships, the council aims to provide a differentiated strategy to empower national talent and foster an ecosystem conducive to their long-term success.

Kiyadat operates alongside a long list of capability development programs and initiatives Deloitte hosts, including Mustaqbaly (for young audit and tax professionals), Itqan (focused on financial advisory), and BrightStart and BrightStar (for national university students).