The Masterclass is an intensive 10-day immersion leadership program that inspires purpose, authenticity, character and values. The framework of the program is neither fixed. Learning sessions alternate with breakout groups facilitated by experienced business people and seasoned practitioners from around the world. The Masterclass focuses on the real-life applications of leadership skills as well as a gateway to build a global profile.

For every Masterclass, approximately 40 upcoming leaders from business, education and civil society sectors are selected from all around the MENA region from: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Candidates can apply online and go through the interview process that examines their outlook and commitment to their prospect.


During the Masterclass, participants will experience hours of extensive breakout sessions where they will explore their leadership needs and find common interests in making a positive impact in their respective countries and communities in the Middle East and North Africa.

The exchanges within the Masterclass lead to a discovery of new ideas and longlasting proffesional relationships. It is also an opportunity to engage with international business innovators, instructors, and public figures.

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28 to 45-year-old citizens of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, who are highly proficient in written and spoken English.

Working in the MENA region in the operational and professional sectors of business, NGO, civil society, education or government. Socially-engaged and active in wider issues of progress and development in their countries.

High-potential individuals with the promise of becoming prominent leaders and change agents in their organizations, industries and communities. Self-starters motivated by a personal vision and integrity. Communicative, sociable, comfortable in cooperative settings, enjoys team environments; self-confident yet prepared to learn from others.

Ready to share and exchange best practices with other participants from within the region as well as globally. Eager to be an active member of the post-academy MELA network, not only to leverage its capabilities but to contribute to its development.

Register here and experience a MELA Master Class like never before.


The Masterclass Program is built on five pillars:

Each day of the program contains:

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Exercises
  • Team Challenge
  • Understanding Power & Authority
  • Building an Effective Organization
  • Negotiations
  • Learning Groups
  • Social Time or Culture Exchange

Global executives associated with the SIBF network lead the Masterclass sessions. These executives are outstanding business practitioners and organizational experts. The event is additionally supported by members of all the SIBF sister networks who volunteer to serve as facilitators and coaches. An impressive roster of Middle Eastern business leaders is also on hand during each Masterclass to mentor participants professionally in small group formats on specific business topics. Moreover, the discussion leaders do not just present a topic and depart; they remain throughout the program, providing participants with the opportunity to explore more deeply their experience and expertise.





Jim Crupi

President of Strategic Leadership Solutions; Leadership and strategic consultant to Fortune 500 enterprises; Founder of SIBF; Founder of MELA

John King

Founding Partner and CEO of Cultural Architecture, Inc., and The Cultural Architecture Institute, co-author of The Coaching Revolution

Michael Kouly

Chairman and president of the Cambridge Institute for Global Leadership, World Bank Fellow, journalist, and author

Victor Antonio

Sales speaker and trainer, member of the President’s Advisory Council for excellence in sales and management

Greg Bustin

Business consultant, speaker and author


Tinatin Karosanidze

Dean, Free University of Tbilisi

Meri Nikoghosyan

Executive Director VISTAA Consulting

Heather Parillo

Chief People Officer Bone Daddy's House of Smoke

Bobby Henebry

VP, SeaBridge Investment Advisors LLC,