Sunday 19 May 2024

Mutasem Dajani

Deloitte launches Kiyadat to advance GCC national talent

, April 18, 2024

Deloitte Middle East has announced the launch of Kiyadat, a centre of excellence designed to empower national talent across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. In Arabic, "Kiyadat" translates to "Leaders", symbolising the commitment to fostering national talent and paving their way towards leadership roles. 
Mutasem Dajani, CEO of Deloitte Middle East, said: "The Deloitte Kiyadat Centre 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."
Kiyadat will serve as a platform for current and future Deloitte programmes 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 Kiyadat Advisory Council
A Deloitte Kiyadat Advisory Council whose members are senior multi-disciplinary partners from across the region will govern the centre providing their expertise and deep experience. The council members include Rana Ghandour Salhab, the regional Deloitte ME People & Purpose managing partner, Jazala Hamad, Audit & Assurance Partner and UAE nationalisation 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, Deloitte ME Director of the Empowerment & Performance CoE and Nationalisation Lead.
The Advisory Council members in their inaugural meeting 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.
Youth councils
The Kiyadat initiatives will include establishing the Deloitte National Youth Councils in each GCC country. In addition to professional development programmes like Mustaqbaly, designed for young audit and tax professionals, Itqan, for those pursuing careers in financial advisory, and the BrightStart and BrightStar pioneering programmes which offer education-to-employment pathways for aspiring and highly skilled national university students in consulting, digital disciplines, cyber and risk advisory. Participants are hired at Deloitte while still pursuing their university studies and are given the chance to gain a long-term competitive advantage from an early stage.
Kiyadat will also include innovative programmes such as "Kiyadat Tadarab” internships, "Ahlan Kiyadat" onboarding, “Najahi” specialised mentoring, "Kiyadat Alliances" as part of the external engagement strategy to strengthen ties with universities and government entities, as well as "Kiyadat @ Deloitte," a dedicated portal for nationalisation initiatives.--TradeArabia News Service


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