Amazon UAE today announced the launch of ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’, a leadership development program, designed to accelerate career growth of Emirati talent at Amazon and prepare them for leadership roles.
With a strong emphasis on nurturing women leaders, the new program kickstarts on Emirati Women’s Day, and is open to all Emirati employees.
The two-year talent accelerator program 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.
Bikram Walia, Director, Human Resources, Amazon MENA told Economy Middle East: “Since our launch in the UAE in 2019, Amazon has been committed to nurturing the UAE’s national talent. The new ‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ underscores our commitment to supporting the country’s aspirations to accelerate socio-economic growth steered by the ‘We the UAE 2031’ national strategy that emphasizes the significance of human capital as the primary driver for the next 10 years of development. The program will also enable Amazon to contribute towards the UAE’s national goals to increase the rate of Emiratization in the private sector to 10% by 2026.
Pursuing our mission to be a great employer and a great place to work, we remain steadfast in creating a welcoming environment where every employee is continually empowered to learn and realize their full potential. Launching on Emirati Women’s Day reiterates our commitment to creating opportunities for women to advance their careers. With Emirati women constituting a higher proportion of the workforce across our Amazon businesses, the accelerator program will help to build a pipeline of Emirati women leaders. I look forward to seeing more Emirati women signing up for the program and taking advantage of this opportunity to accelerate towards leadership.”
Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon Middle East & North Africa, said, “This transformative program 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.”
Tailored to develop essential leadership skills, the immersive program 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.
Reem Aldhaheri, Retail Program Manager, Amazon UAE, 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. I’m personally invested in the idea of fast-tracking my career and I would encourage other Emiratis, especially women, to pursue programs like this one that provide tangible opportunities for career growth.”
‘Amazon Future Leaders Program – Injah’ has been developed as part of Amazon’s multi-year talent strategy to upskill and train Emirati employees for leadership roles across the region. 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 program will further equip Emirati talent for the global economy.
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