Global Annual Summit

Immerse yourself in the world's innovation hub for the weekend

What You'll Do

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Learn more about the impact of innovation on long-term business growth from real-life examples, and dive into the opportunities for business leaders to become more innovative.

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Meet your peers and professors in person and get advice from our MBA Alumni. This event is an opportunity for you to make international connections and exchange ideas.

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Teamwork & Collaboration

Collaborate with your classmates and our keynote speakers and tackle various topics within your curriculum.

What is the schedule?

Get ready for 3 days of learning, networking, culture, and fun!

Click below for full schedule:

Day 1: Friday, 17th November, 2023

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Summit Check-In & Refreshments at Hult Dubai Campus

Check in anytime between 2 pm and 4 pm and meet and mingle with colleagues and staff over light refreshments.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Global Online MBA Fall 2023 Summit Welcome

Join Dean Namrata Kamath and Associate Dean Jen Serowick as they introduce the Hult team and officially kick off the summit.

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Opening Session: Professor Amanda Nimon-Peters

Join Hult’s Professor of Leadership, Dr. Amanda Nimon-Peters as she discusses “The Surprising Relationship Between Experience, Expertise, and Innovation (Hint: It is not what you think it is).” Dr. Nimon-Peters, an expert in the application of behavioural science to develop leadership skills, helps leaders at all phases of their careers understand why we do what we do at work.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Welcome Reception—Hult Dubai Campus

Meet and mingle with classmates as we officially welcome our online Global MBA community to Dubai.

Day 2: Saturday, 18th November, 2023

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Morning Session 1: Alumni & Student Panel

Join four wonderful Hultians who will share their inspirational stories of how their Hult journeys impacted their lives.

  • Rodrigo Castro, MBA Class of 2018

  • Max Modola, MBA, Class of 2016

  • Marika Brivio, MBA Class of 2022

  • Soumanna Ammar, EMBA Class of 2024

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Networking Refreshment Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Session 2: Team Building Activity

Led by our wonderful Dubai team, you will experience an engaging team-based simulation where you work together through scenarios, showcasing adaptability, and problem-solving while fully immersing yourself into experiential learning where you 'learn by doing.’

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Session 1: Mr. Ghaith Rahman, Dubai Future Foundation

Join our guest speaker Mr. Ghaith Rahman, Senior Project Lead at the Dubai Future Foundation (Dubai Future Foundation | Shaping The Future of Dubai) to learn how he is transforming government and private sector business challenges into opportunities for technology startups around the world.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Networking Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session 2: Mr. Karl Feilder, Neutral Fuels

Participate in an exciting conversation led by Mr. Karl Feilder, the founder of Neutral Fuels, and hear about how his company has created a clean, green, renewable fuel out of waste cooking oil that supports organizations to reduce their carbon footprint to stop climate change.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Meet the Locals Dinner and Cultural Experience (off campus)

Immerse yourself in authentic Emirati cultural experiences and engage in open and honest conversations with the local Emiratis while enjoying traditional dinner together. Students should meet between 6:30 and 7:00 pm at Al Fanar Restaurant in Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha - Al Barsha 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates.

Day 3: Sunday, 19th November, 2023

8:00 am – 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Morning Session 1: Professor Alessandro Lanteri

Join Alessandro Lanteri, Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Hult as he discusses his new book “Innovating with Impact.” You’ll learn how this expert educator and advisor helps multinationals and governments seize the opportunities of turbulent environments.

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Morning Session 2: Professor Belisa Marochi

Meet Dubai’s faculty Dr. Belisa Marochi, a market research ethnographer, as she discusses “Innovation for Sustainable Development” drawing on her vast experience teaching and consulting for governments and organizations around the globe.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Closing Session: Professor Mark Esposito:

Join Hult’s Professor of Economics, Strategy and Foresights, Dr. Mark Esposito as he discusses “Growing and Innovating in Unsettling Times.” Recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Professor Esposito will share his global expertise in an engaging session.

3:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Optional Dubai Desert Tour

Perfect for adventure enthusiasts, this tour will take you coursing over sand dunes and exploring the mysteries of an Arabian desert. Take a thrilling drive (dune bashing) on the high red dunes, watch the sunset and enjoy all the entertainment of a desert camp, such as henna paintings, camel rides, and a barbecue dinner. We will be departing campus promptly at 3:30 pm. The experience will wrap around 8:30 pm and your estimated arrival back to campus will be at 9:30 pm.


Hult Dubai

Why Dubai?

Take a tour around the city and explore our Dubai campus to get a sense of what awaits you at our Global Annual Summit.

Meet the speakers

Learn more about the world-class speakers and Hult Global Online MBA alumni who will participate this weekend:

Dr. Amanda Nimon Peters

Dr. Amanda Nimon-Peters is a professor of leadership at Hult International Business School. She started university at age 16 and holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in Behavioural Science from the University of Cambridge.

Amanda’s work addresses leadership challenges by combining a deep scientific understanding with her senior management experiences as a team leader at Procter & Gamble in Europe, a board director for a UK housing charity, and a successful start-up founder in Dubai.

Expertise includes

Data Management
Decision Making

Dr. Mark Esposito

Mark is a bestselling author, professor and thought-leader in matters relating to the 4th Industrial Revolution. He co-founded Nexus Frontier Tech, an AI Firm, dedicated to the production of AI solutions. He was inducted in 2016 in the radar of Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent business thinkers. He is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and adviser to governments.

Expertise includes

Artificial Intelligence

Alessandro Lanteri

Alessandro is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation and teaches at leading international business schools. An expert educator and advisor, he helps multinationals and governments seize the opportunities of turbulent environments.

His research regularly appears on Harvard Business Review and MIT Technology Review outlets. His previous book CLEVER. The Six Strategic Drivers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution became a No. 1 Amazon bestseller. His latest book, Innovating with Impact is published by The Economist.

Expertise includes

Company Strategy
Disruptive Innovation

Karl W Feilder

Karl founded Neutral Fuels in 2011 when few people in the Middle East believed that climate change was real and even fewer believed that waste cooking oil could be recycled into biofuel at scale. Ten years later, Neutral Fuels Holdings is based in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) and is the largest manufacturer and distributor of net zero biofuels in the GCC, having produced more than 13.5 million liters of biofuel in the UAE since its inception.

Expertise includes

Company Strategy
Managing Entrepreneurial Organizations
Market Positioning

Ghaith Rahman

As the senior project lead for the Dubai Future Foundation, Ghaith manages government and private sector innovation programs that aim to launch new business models based on emerging technologies in Dubai and scale them globally. He works with the Dubai Future Accelerators, Dubai 10X and corporate X-Labs such as the Aviation X-Lab, P&G’s i-Dubai Lab and others.  

Expertise includes

Company Strategy
Disruptive Innovation

Dr. Belisa Marochi

Dr. Belisa Marochi is faculty at Hult International Business School Dubai. Her experience encompasses consulting roles for governments in the US, Europe and UAE, as well as organizations such as the United Nations and companies like Nokia, Airbus, Kraft Heinz, and Procter & Gamble. Dr. Marochi, as a market research ethnographer, has contributed her expertise to research and development projects spanning various regions including South America, Europe and Asia.  Dr. Marochi has also served as the Academic Lead of the UN Women Empowerment Principles in the United Arab Emirates and as a member of the UAE Private Advisory Council on Sustainable Development Goals. 

Expertise includes

Supply Chain Management
Building Effective Relationships

Martyn Cowie

Martyn Cowie has over 18 years of experience in the energy sector. He is recognized not only as a business leader but also as an accomplished speaker, engaging audiences with his wealth of experience. Martyn’s career started in 2005 with Vetco Gray, later acquired by GE, based in Scotland. He worked his way into Project Management, before continuing his journey by moving to the middle east in 2013 with Proserv, gaining valuable regional experience. In 2016 he joined Action International in the capacity of Business Development Manager covering the GCC region. In 2021, Martyn co-founded Tyde Digital, providing digital transformation services that help business leaders leverage their technology & data to optimize the way they delivered their products and services. Martyn holds an MBA from Hult International Business School. 

Meet the panel

Rodrigo Castro

Rodrigo is an engineering project manager from the O&G and energy industry with 15+ years of experience in R&D, disruptive innovation, business analytics, artificial intelligence, asset integrity, and project & operations management.

His current role is of Head of Product leading the development of AI and IOT-powered platforms for the energy market targeting asset integrity management, connected workers, and site optimizations.

Rodrigo has a Global MBA from Hult International Business School with a specialization in Business Analytics

Marika Brivio

Marika Bravo is an MBA graduate from Hult International Business School, currently part of Global Ventures' value creation team, a leading international VC firm investing in founders accords the Middle East and Africa.

Marika actively contributes to portfolio startup growth by offering tailored support, promoting innovation, and sharing value.

Committed to shaping a future where financial success goes hand in hand with positive societal and environmental impact.

Soumana Ammar

Hospitality Executive/ Best Selling Author and Leadership Coach

Soumana is an advocate of people development and coaching, facilitating transformation by helping aspiring leaders in their development journey. She applies a strengths-based approach creating engagement and transformational change.
She recently published her first book “Without your job title, WHO ARE YOU?” to help aspiring leaders identify their purpose and unfold their true potential. The book has hit a Best Seller before its release date. Soumanna is a current EMBA student in Dubai.

Max Modala

After completing the MBA at Hult, Max joined the Leadership Program of Fortune 500 American company Honeywell. After completing 3 different roles across EMEA, in 2021 he was offered to lead the HR Function for a newly launched division, Global Airports. Max currently is the HR Leader of Global Airports and the Building Technology business in UAE. Passionate about Talent and Change Management, Max has led several initiatives to shape the businesses according to the most relevant global macrotrends. Max is also currently working on a startup concept in the leather goods domain, and we may hear from him in this area soon!

About Hult International Business School

Hult Triple Accreditation

Hult is recognized by business education’s three most prestigious international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System).

Our programs are consistently ranked as among the best in the world by the most renowned publications including the Financial Times, the Economist, Forbes, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Hult is the proud winner of the Best Business School Careers Strategy award 2020 from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and BGA. This follows our 2014 win of the AMBA Innovation award.

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Association of MBAs Career Strategy Award, 2020



Global Online MBA Ranking, CEO Magazine, 2024



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Best Online MBA Programs, Fortune Education, 2024

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