The Importance of Presence

There is still a perception among many, that those who complete an MBA do so only for personal gain; for a promotion or a higher salary. And while these benefits are, in many cases, a happy by-product of the MBA qualification, in this issue of AMBITION we feature a wealth of commentators who are values-driven, who have a purpose to impact the world for the better; and are passionate about making a difference.


  • The importance of presence High self-esteem is key to presence, and requires constant exercise and internal control, according to globally renowned business gurus Marshall Goldsmith and Alan Weiss. But how can business leaders and MBAs leverage this in their everyday working lives?
  • Personal purpose Personal purpose, the thing that drives everything we do as individuals, is often left at the wayside and seen as something that should only be focused on outside of work, if at all

  • Putting passion and purpose into recruitment For Nils Hamsa, Head of Talent Acquisition and Mobilisation at flyDubai, supporting candidates to find the right role is a passion rather than a job. He talks to Kevin Lee-Simion about the value of MBAs, the potential of artificial intelligence in recruitment and the need to stand out from the crowd

  • Enhancing social innovation in Africa With Africa’s population projected to grow to 2.4 billion by 2050, there is an urgent need for the emergence of more social innovators, operating at scale, to address pressing problems in sectors from education and healthcare to employment and housing, writes Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

  • Creating a beacon of culture in the darkness of war Syrian-born business woman, Shireen Atassi, stepped away from a career in banking to launch a non-profit foundation in Dubai, promoting Syrian artwork and artists. She talks to David Woods-Hale about her unconventional career path, post-MBA

  • Plus We reveal the first five recipients of AMBA’s 50th Anniversary MBA Scholarship