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NATO’s top official addresses incoming HEC Paris Masters students in Qatar

Tribune News Network
Doha
The Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, His Excellency Mircea Geoană, was among the high-profile panel of speakers in Qatar this week during the first module of the 2022 Incoming Class Specialised Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM) at HEC Paris, ranked #1 in the most recent Financial Times European Business Schools Rankings.
HE Geoană, former Romanian Foreign Minister, participated in the Guest Speakers’ Session of the Leadership Module held at HEC Paris, Qatar, Tornado Tower.
The first module of the 2022 SBUM class was delivered by Dr. Guido Gianasso, Professor of Leadership at HEC Paris in Qatar and an acclaimed leader and cultural intelligence expert who is also Senior Advisor to the Cambodian Minister of Post and Telecommunications. Dr. Gianasso brings 35 years of experience in international management, teaching and consulting to the HEC Paris SBUM programme. “In our programme, the NATO Deputy Secretary-General focuses on negotiating across cultures and shares his extraordinary experience with high level political leaders from around the globe,” explained Professor Gianasso.
“He also emphasises the importance of cultural intelligence and explores how it is critical to the success of cross-cultural negotiations particularly when there is a lot at stake, such as major crises or military conflicts.”
HEC Paris in Qatar regularly invites leading national and international experts to share their experience with participants in order to broaden their perspectives and ensure the relevance of their programmes.
During this leadership module, Professor Gianasso led participants through exercises exploring the relationship between leadership and personality and the challenge of leading culturally diverse teams. “All participants complete both the NEO personality and the Culture Compass tests, which provide them with a clear understanding of their own personality profile and its implications in terms of leadership style, as well as their own cultural profile as opposed to the profile of their own country,” he said.
Professor Karl Moore, a well-known leading expert at McGill University in Canada, shared his ground-breaking research on introverts as leaders. “Professor Moore’s message challenges conventional wisdom – that great leaders are always extraverted individuals – and offers an interesting developmental perspective to participants who are highly introverted,” explained Professor Gianasso.
The HEC Paris Class 2022 SBUM cohort consists of 50 participants from nine nationalities and diverse professional backgrounds and sectors, all of whom seek personal development and career acceleration. New participants occupy senior positions in some of Qatar’s most valued companies across a wide range of sectors such as energy, education, technology, aviation, health, finance, construction and banking, bringing valuable diversity to learning experience.
In addition to the development of leadership skills, the HEC Paris in Qatar Specialised Master’s enables individuals to apply the latest business practices to strategy, decision-making and human capital management, all of which are essential for business success and long-term career development.

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