Hiba Daaboul

Hiba Daaboul

Nationality: Lebanese
Programme: Executive MBA in Dubai, 2018
Pre-MBA: Regional Controller
Post-MBA: Head of Country Controlling and currently Zone Controller
Current Industry: FMCG

Why drew you to the Cass Executive MBA in Dubai?

I was looking for an intellectual challenge that would set me apart and give me the means to step up. Although many people in my environment, whether at work or at home, told me that an MBA wasn’t necessary, I still did it because I believed in the benefit of obtaining a well-rounded view on business matters, and keeping my skills up-to-date. The Cass Executive MBA in Dubai enabled me to think beyond what I know, stretch me outside my comfort zone, and give me the means to assess situations more holistically.

What was your study experience like?

The class had a diverse mix of nationalities, professions, ages, and personalities. This was mostly valuable during group assignments, where the combination of a sales director’s grit, an engineer’s meticulous approach, a marketer’s creativity and a doctor’s critical assessment, meant that as students we were learning to appreciate different ways of thinking.

Do you have any particular highlights from your time on the programme?

I have many! The most powerful one, following a stressful exam season, was the realization that I had a competitive drive that was working against me. After reflection, I came to appreciate that the only person I truly wanted to compete against is myself and not others. Another highlight, close to my heart, is the wealth of connections we created as a class.

Did you take any international electives?

I took two international electives in the UK. It was enriching to experience the home campus and get to know different people

Could you outline what you’ve gained from earning an MBA?

I improved my ability to rationalise holistically, critically assess more objectively, and elevate self and leadership awareness. The network of like-minded people that I gained during the two-year journey is invaluable. So are methodologies and tools that I gained which I can now use in my job, and the exposure to wider topics beyond my core area of expertise.

What advice would you give to those considering pursuing an MBA?

Go to class prepared, invest time, build your network, and most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey.