Saada Abou-Halloun Thurley
Manager Marketing Communications (Product & Service) at Emirates
Executive MBA (2019-21)

If you are thinking about studying an MBA - go for it! It’s a roller coaster ride so be prepared for that and also make sure you are fully committed with a support network at home and work to get behind you if needed. But I have no doubt that it will lead to great things – both personal and professional development as well as a real sense of achievement. I have thought about studying for an MBA for years now, so it’s never too late. Once you start, and approach it in bite size pieces, you will wonder why it took so long to take the plunge.

I am marketing communications specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the FMCG and airline industries with global blue-chip companies, working in Australia, Asia, Europe and now the Middle East.  After completing the Emirates Executive Leadership Development Program a few years ago, in conjunction with Warwick. I was very impressed with the whole experience after which I saw a real step change in my development and career growth. Eventually I would like to progress into a senior leadership position, either within my current organisation or leading my own consultancy. Completing the Executive MBA at Warwick is an important part of my long-term plan to achieve this goal.

Ultimately, I chose Warwick for the culture, calibre of lecturers and quality of the facilities. After doing quite a bit of research on MBA course in the UK, I was also impressed by the ranking of the University and the impressive track record in the course I had chosen to enrol in.

Access to a fantastic group of lecturers has been one of the best elements of studying the Executive MBA at WBS. The group work and mix of lecturers and breakouts means we have exposure to a multitude of ways of learning. I love learning and the sharing of knowledge and interactions with my cohort and lecturers, it has been like opening a whole new world of opportunity. My cohort is roughly 50 people and the thing I love the most is that we’re a mix of so many different backgrounds, experiences and industries. It really opens up your world and gives you exposure to discussions you may not necessarily have in your current world.