About Mela

MELA is a non-profit leadership development network, established in 2010, that accelerates personal and professional growth across 13 Arab countries – fostering responsible and ethical leadership best practice across a community of interconnected, up-and-coming, high potential Middle Eastern business leaders.


MELA is part of a 46-nation global network that has grown rapidly over the past 35 years and continues to expand in the service of up-and-coming leaders; celebrating their skills and promoting their growth.

The sister networks are CELA - the Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance, SEALA - the South East Asia Leadership Academy, and SIBF - the Society of International Business Fellows.

Together, the global network extends across 46 countries, with more than 1,500 members.



Omar EL Labban

Partner, Beltone Private Equity Egypt

"What I expected to be a typical academic course on leadership and strategy skills turned out to be a once-in-a-life-time experience that I will cherish as long as I live.”


Soughit Abdelnour

Regional HR Director, Deloitte Middle East

"MELA was such a remarkable experience to me personally. It is a group of such beautiful people fully dedicated and readily willing to share their knowledge.”


MELA recognizes with thanks its partners supporting the development of leadership across the region

Legacy partners

Leadership partners

royal patronage

MELA events receive exceptional welcome across their host countries and have operated under the auspices of His Royal Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Royal Majesty King Mohamed VI of Morocco, as well as ruling representatives and dignitaries across the region.

meet theMela Family

Yousuf Al Yousuf


Deputy CFO, Al Yousuf LLC

Dr. Iyad Masourji

Incoming Chair

CEO, Jerusalem Pharmaceuticals

board OFdirectors

Amer Al Rawas

Chairman of Themar Group

Andrew Summers

President, Calabar

Hassan Alkabbani

Acting Chairman IKK Group of Companies

Ahmed Aljoaan

Strategy Manager

Touristic Enterprises Company

Rouba Taouk

Head of Corporate Communication

Byblos Bank

Jim Crupi

President, Strategic Leadership Solutions Inc.

Michael Kouly

President, Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership

Meisa Batayneh

Founder, Maisam Architects and Engineers

Hamad Timami

Executive Director

Ahmad Bin Majid Private School

Mona Al Qattan

Team Leader