Global Alumni Networks: Spotlight on the UAE

27 March 2023

The WBS Global Alumni Network in the UAE recently hosted a networking event at The Swissotel Al Marooj, Dubai.

Over 40 alumni attended the event on 16 March and it was wonderful to see many familiar faces and hear about the exciting things that our alumni have been up to since graduating from WBS.

The evening began with a cocktail reception. Following on from this, Professor James Hayton, Pro-Dean (External Affairs) and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, shared his optimistic outlook on the future of AI, whilst exploring specific tools such as chat GPT. Huge thanks to Network Executive Chair Sorina Constantinescu who chaired the session.

UAE Network members watching a presentation During the evening there was also a vibrant speed networking session, which was expertly hosted by Network Social Chairs Yasir Qadri and Larry McClure. We dived a little deeper with our questions, aiming for the network to understand each other in a different way. Questions that were posed included:

  1. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  2. What inspired you to start doing the work you’re involved with now?
  3. What is one thing you consistently do that you know you shouldn’t?

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make the event such a memorable evening. We hope that you were able to make new connections and catch up with old friends.

If you were unable to attend the event, please keep an eye out for future alumni events and opportunities to reconnect with our community. We hope to see you soon.

The Global Alumni Engagement team would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and feedback to ensure we are consistently providing current, relevant and informative events. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

The WBS UAE Network, part of our Global Alumni Networks, was created in 2021 to provide formal support for alumni. The Network organises professional and social events during the year and shares information about business markets and job opportunities. WBS alumni based in the UAE can join the Network by emailing