The Masterclass

The MELA Masterclass is a 10 day experiential program in building a global profile. Leadership means many things to many people, and carries with it many different requirements and styles. Yet behind its many forms and faces, the challenges are always the same. These challenges are personal, technical and strategic. Nothing will prepare you quite as well, as the MELA Masterclass. 

The program focuses on five modules developed to help scale your business internationally, and then lead it. Experts from our peer network discuss the relationship between technology and expansion, as well as the various stages of development leaders and companies can go through on the path to success. 

The framework is neither fixed nor dictatorial. Sessions are customized, depending on the interests or background of a particular class. Training can range from family business concerns, to strategies in the startup sector, to the leadership implications of life in a large corporation or team. Participants engage with colleagues and facilitators through small and varied ‘learning sessions’, team challenges, and impromptu exchanges. Often it’s the unscripted exchanges that can lead to new ideas, and relationships lasting many years. 

MELA carefully selects only the best up and coming career professionals from 13 countries in the Middle East. Our work is never theoretical – everything we do, can be immediately applied. In much of the Middle East potential is dormant, unrealized and often unsure of its own worth. Our team recognize that leaders are not always necessarily extroverts, or the loudest talkers in the room. History has shown that leaders come in many shapes and sizes.

For every Masterclass, approximately 40 ‘up and coming’ leaders from business [80%], and education and civil society [20%] are selected from the countries of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. An interview process then examines these individuals for outlook and commitment to the program.

On successful completion of the interviews, the MELA selection committee of the Advisory Board evaluates the candidates for final selection.


MELA 9 Leadership Masterclass Information:


 Feb 28th - March 11th, 2018


 Aqaba, Jordan


 InterContinental Hotel & Resort 


 To be determined

 Program Fees:  

 $7,000 per person (includes all sessions, accommodation, food &  beverages and local transportation)


 MELA 8 Agenda - click here

 Selection Criteria:

 Selection Criteria - click here