Amazon UAE has launched a new leadership programme, designed to accelerate career growth for Emirati talent at Amazon and prepare them for leadership roles. The new ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’, also places a strong emphasis on nurturing women leaders.
The two-year leadership talent accelerator programme will equip Emiratis across all Amazon business units from retail, operations, technology and payments with deep knowledge by imparting industry-specific management skills, cultural assimilation and mentorship, to help the participants build global careers at Amazon.
Amazon developed ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ as part of its multi-year talent strategy to upskill and train Emirati employees for leadership roles across the region. The new programme begins on Emirati Women’s Day and is open to all Emirati employees at Amazon.
Ronaldo Mouchawar, vice president of Amazon in the Middle East and North Africa, discussed the programme’s launch: “Amazon continues to invest in cultivating future leaders who share a common vision of building the most customer-centric company in the world.
“This transformative programme in the UAE will empower Emirati talent to unlock innovation, solve complex business problems and assimilate into Amazon’s customer-obsessed culture to drive meaningful change. ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ has been created specifically for the UAE, in support of the ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision to continue the country’s progress towards economic prosperity, social well-being and development of human capital.”
Progressing “towards a gender-balanced workforce”
Tailored to develop essential leadership skills, the immersive programme offers on-the-job training, cross-functional exposure, one-to-one mentorship, and regular meetings with business leaders, required for a progressive career at Amazon.
Participants will apply the company’s management and leadership principles to conceive, design and launch innovative solutions for customers, placing them on an accelerated path towards leadership roles.
Bikram Walia, director of human resources at Amazon MENA, also commented: “We are excited to roll out ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ that aims to build a robust pipeline of Emirati leaders, including women leaders.
“The UAE has made phenomenal progress towards a gender-balanced workforce and this programme has been created with the UAE’s gender balance goals in mind.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we believe this programme’s personalised approach will empower Emirati women to build enriching careers at Amazon.”
Reem Aldhaheri, retail programme manager at Amazon UAE, also said: “I am excited to sign up for ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ because it will allow me to explore various aspects of our business, identify my strengths and hone my skills.
“It is a unique opportunity to meet with senior leaders and understand how Amazon’s leadership principles and customer-centric culture drive the company’s success.”
Since its launch in the UAE, Amazon has been investing in the country, supporting the UAE’s economic and social development goals. Committed to developing talent for the digital future, the new programme will further equip Emirati talent for the global economy.