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RCSI Alumni look into Investing in Human Capital in Dubai

06 May 2014

A two day conference for RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Alumni was held in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre in Dubai Healthcare City from 30th April to the 1st May. The conference, entitled ‘Investing in Human Capital', aimed to build on the engagement with the community of the College's alumni who are connected to each other and contribute their time, expertise and support to the benefit of RCSI's students, its graduates and institution.

Pictured (l-r) is Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Mr. Colm McLoughlin and Prof Ciaran O'Boyle

The conference was opened by Dr Mohammad Al Redha, Chairperson of RCSI UAE Alumni Chapter.  The first talk, titled ‘Educating Healthcare Leaders to Make a Difference Worldwide’, was presented by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Institute of Leadership. Professor O’Boyle focused on issues such as the changing nature of healthcare, models of human nature and leadership and the emerging nature of thinking organizations

Professor David Whitford, Head of School of Postgraduate Studies & Research and Professor of Family & Community Medicine at RCSI Bahrain, followed with a presentation entitled ‘Research and Postgraduate Opportunities in Healthcare’.

Pictured (l-r) is Adrian Lydon, Pauline Connolly and Dermot O'Flynn

Mr. Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free (DDF) gave an insightful talk on leadership in the context of the development of DDF.  DDF opened for business 30 years ago with 100 staff and has grown to become one of the leading airport retailers in the world, with over 6,000 staff and sales turnover of Dhs6.65 billion (US$1.8 billion) in 2013.

Colm McLoughlin, DDF, addresses the RCSI Alumni conference

Dr Alice McGarvey, Vice Dean for Career Development in RCSI, then delivered a presentation on the rollout of the new mentor network for RCSI medical students.  Dr Mary Collins, Senior Executive Development Specialist with RCSI Institute of Leadership got the questions flowing with her presentation on ‘Leading and Managing Generation Y’, a topic that seems to particularly exercise Generation X!

Pictured (l-r) is Dr Alice McGarvey and Mary Collins

Leadership, in the context of setting up a kidney transplant program in Dubai Hospital, was the focus of Dr Farhad Kheradmand Aljanahi’s entertaining talk.  Dr Farhad is Specialist Urologist and Transplant Surgeon at Dubai Hospital and is an RCSI alumnus.

Dr Amer Sharif, Managing Director of Education at Dubai Healthcare City is also an RCSI alumnus and he closed the first day’s proceedings with a thought-provoking keynote lecture on ‘Leadership for Career Development in Healthcare - the UAE perspective’.

Day two of this meeting began with a practical seminar on Leading Self and Others, presented by Dr Mary Collins and Dr Pauline Connolly. The latter is a new Senior Lecturer based at the RCSI Institute of Leadership in Dubai.  The in-depth focus on MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) personality indicators and Belbin’s team roles gave delegates food for thought. 

Pictured (l-r) is Seamus O'Boyle, Liny James, Heba Hassan and Maryam Norozy

Prof O’Boyle gave the final presentation of the conference on Values Based Leadership, a sobering and challenging, but ultimately uplifting call for leaders to enunciate their own values and those of their organisations and to use these as the anchors for their vision, mission and strategy.

Dr Al Redha closed the conference in his mellifluous style and Prof O’Boyle expressed the College’s profound gratitude to Dr Al Redha and the other members of the Committee for an excellent conference.

RCSI works to foster lifelong, sustainable relationships between the College and its Alumni, developing intellectual and personal connections which reach and serve its Alumni and which provide RCSI with goodwill and support

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.