Are you looking to play a role in making Dubai the preferred place to live in the world through design?

This is your chance to expand your skills and acquire new tools to create real and meaningful impact.

We are looking for passionate and caring leaders who are interested in harnessing the power of design thinking and creativity to enhance their leadership skills. Participants will learn how to adopt and utilize new methodologies, skills and mindsets to deliver Dubai's strategic missions.

We need to see them amongst students and teachers; in the markets among traders and investors. We want to hear they are among farmers and at the ports of fishermen, with widows and mothers, senior citizens and with patients, in hospitals and among doctors and staff

We want to see them there and hear them from there, not in conference rooms or forums that have increased and consumed resources and energies. We are a government of achievements, not a government of lectures. We are a team of accomplishers not a team of preachers.

SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

This program offers participants an exceptional experience, with specialized workshops hosted by global experts, inspiring field trips, and the ability to lead strategic projects. The objective is to:

Promote Design-Driven Leadership

Adopt a design-led approach based on understanding and meeting the needs of the community, accountability, taking the lead to overcome challenges and fostering effective leaders to drive change.

Lead Human Centered Solutions

Adopt innovative models and solutions, anticipate individual needs, identify trends, and serve with empathy. Achieve this by prioritizing community, fostering dialogue between decision makers and the community, and transforming ideas into opportunities.

Encourage Collaborative Design

Encourage partnerships and communication within government to unite leadership and public entities, aiming for common goals and the exchange of ideas. Boost efficiency and effectiveness in government projects, fostering a supportive environment for strong relationships.

MASTER THESE CORE CAPABILITIES:

ALUMNI VOICES

“We usually experienced the design process on paper, but we never went to the field, we didn’t ask questions, we didn’t prototype. This was new and different.”

Maha Al Mezaina

“I learned the power of asking the right questions. We tend to build our questions based on answers we have in mind. But we can form our questions in such a way that it opens up a spectrum for allowing a lot more  in the discovery process.”

Tala Al Ansari

“It was also an inner journey where we found creativity, our unique voice, and leadership style. When I go back home and to my workplace, I will take these tools with me. It feels like from now on I can design anything.”

Abdul Rahman AlAli

“I learned the power of asking the right questions. We tend to build our questions based on answers we have in mind. But we can form our questions in such a way that it opens up a spectrum for allowing a lot more  in the discovery process.”

Tala Al Ansari

“We usually experienced the design process on paper, but we never went to the field, we didn’t ask questions, we didn’t prototype. This was something new and different.”

Maha Al Mezaina

“It was also an inner journey where we found creativity, our unique voice, and leadership style. When I go back home and to my workplace, I will take these tools with me. It feels like from now on I can design anything.”

Abdul Rahman AlAli

The Lead & Design Program is equally about personal transformation and leadership development as it is about design mindsets and skillsets.

Time commitment

14 Weeks
PROGRAM DURATION
8 Hrs / Week
VIRTUAL
13.5 Days
IN-PERSON
6 Days
TRAVEL ABROAD

PROGRAM JOURNEY

28 AUGUST

Kick Off

1/2 Day — In Person

Dubai

Connecting you to the program’s facilitators, coaches, and fellow participants in an inspiring kick off, establishing expectations about the program ahead.

1-6 SEPTEMBER

Design Driven

Leadership Immersion

6 Days — In Person

Design-Led City in Europe (To Be Announced)

In this intensive leadership immersion we will ignite your passion and empower you to become design-driven leaders who can make a positive impact on communities through human-centered approaches and mindsets.

9 SEPTEMBER - 11 OCTOBER

Road Test 1.0

5 Weeks — Virtual

Dubai

In this 5 week part-time journey you will deepen your leadership mindsets and bring your insights into real-world impact through continuous peer coaching.

14-18 OCTOBER

Human-Centered
Design Sprint

5 Days — In Person

Dubai

You will practice your Human Centered Design skills by experiencing an AI-powered design sprint, and apply learnings to forward your missions and create a team plan of action for Road Test 2.

28 OCTOBER- 29NOVEMBER

Road Test 2.0

5 Weeks — Virtual

Dubai

During Road Test 2, you will accelerate your progress on your mission and will receive further hands-on design coaching.

9-11 DECEMBER

Closure & Integration

3 Days — In Person

Dubai

The final 3 days of the program will center around concluding the program with your presentations and celebrating the journey together.

Recruitment Process

The application has two components:



Component I: 


Written Application.

Component II: 

Record Asynchronous Video.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Those who pass Round 1 of recruitment will be invited to a 30-min virtual interview.


* Instructions on how to schedule an interview will be provided via email.

A shortlist of individuals who pass Round 2 will then be invited to join a Group Assessment.


* Instructions on how to join will be provided via email.

The application has two components:



Component I: 


Written Application

Component II: 

Record Asynchronous Video



Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Those who pass Round 1 of recruitment will be invited for a 30-min virtual interview. Instructions on how to schedule an interview will be provided via email.

A shortlist of individuals who pass Round 2 will then be invited to join a Group Assessment. Instructions on how to join will be provided via email.

PROGRAM COST:

54,000 AED*

*Excludes Cost of Travel & Accommodation

The Lead & Design Program seeks to benefit:

Dubai Government:

  • Tackle entity & Government driven initiatives in line with strategic plans and objectives.

  • Bring in fresh perspectives on strategic initiatives.

  • Accelerate innovative solutions to advance strategic priorities.

Entities:

  • Build teams that speak the unified and improved design language for impactful projects.

  • Develop tools and methods that will accelerate teamwork and design processes.
  • Deliver field-ready, high-impact, actionable projects to address complex challenges.
  • Unleashing impact in products, services, systems and policy making.

Individuals:

  • Build design leadership skills and mindsets.

  • Gain Human-Centered Design tools and approaches in the context of real challenges at the public level.

  • Progress in their leadership journey, while connecting with a community of peers through an experiential and transformative learning program. 

  • Launch a personalized learning journey for you, beyond your role.

Join us if you:

  • Are driven, motivated and passionate about your work.

  • Consider yourself a life-long learner and actively
seek opportunities to grow.

  • Are naturally curious and open to experimenting with different approaches  to solving problems to transform things for the better for your teams, organization and society.

  • View yourself as a change-maker or intrapreneur (or have the ambition to become one), who is seeking to make a difference within your role and organization.

  • Have at least 5 years of experience in the public sector (in government or government-owned entities).

  • Have experience with leading a team, be it a small
or large team, targeted job roles include:(Department Director or Department Head or Unit Head or Team Leader).

  • Are at a pivotal time in your career where this program could help accelerate your progress.

What will your
mission be?