|06 January, 2019

Abu Dhabi School of Government announces appointment of first Dean

Solveig Andres Nicklos as the first Dean of the academy.

Abu Dhabi School of Government announces appointment of first Dean

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) has confirmed the appointment of Ms. Solveig Andres Nicklos as the first Dean of the academy. Ms Nicklos joins ADSG from Columbia University in New York, USA, and has significant experience leading learning institutions in the region, having held the post of Director of the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF).

Dean Nicklos is an expert in strategy development, executive education , and working in partnership with diverse stakeholders. During her time with Columbia University in New York, she worked on developing several of the Masters programs alongside schemes for Executive Education and Executive Fellows at the school.

Her commitment to lifelong learning and professional development has also included positions such as the Asia Director for the Richard Ivey School of Business in Hong Kong, the Director of Program Management for Columbia Business School in New York, and as an Associate Director for Wharton Executive Education in Philadelphia, USA.

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Rashid Ahmed Al Hameli, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, commented on Dean Nicklos’ appointment: “Education and on-going professional development have already played a key role in the development of Abu Dhabi, and elevating this experience will be vital to our future. That approach has driven the investment being made in the creation of the Abu Dhabi School of Government.

“With thousands of employees engaged in the government workforce, we will ensure access to world-class professional development opportunities that can help us deliver the wider vision for Abu Dhabi.  We are providing a first-of-its-kind platform to enhance skills and grow future leaders to solidify ongoing success for Abu Dhabi.”

Dean Nicklos said of her appointment: “It is an honor to be asked to lead the Abu Dhabi School of Government, where we are building one of the world’s leading institutions for the development of government employees and civil service systems.

“My entire career has focused on education and the common language of learning.  My appointment as Dean offers me a once-in-a-lifetime chance to support an academy that is not only recognised around the world for its commitment to professional development, but also one that is integral to the future success of Abu Dhabi. Over 60,000 employees will benefit from integrated participation at the academy with a chance to have a real impact on the pioneering direction of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. I am proud to be part of this exciting journey.”

ADSG was formed to develop the capabilities of employees across all government entities and accelerate their career progression. Using a combination of online and classroom learning, Abu Dhabi School of Government is partnering with best-in-class academic institutions, local and international, to bring unparalleled executive training access to its workforce. ADSG will help unleash government potential through competency-based learning and by equipping staff across all government entities with world-class managerial, operational and administrative tools.

Abu Dhabi School of Government enables all government employees to reach a requisite standard, while providing a platform for employees to excel at their careers and be prepared to navigate through fast paced market conditions.


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