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Scholarship Awards

Friday, February 11th, 2011, 5-8pm

Last year, the Muslim Students Association collaborated with the Leadership for Success Institute to offer the Leadership for Success Program. This unique initiative offered twenty students leadership training from an Islamic perspective. At the end of the program, LSI offered five Scholarships (a total of $6000) for Leadership and Excellence to five winners among the participants. Read more


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Dr Mohammed Benayoune


Dr Mohammed Benayoune

Dr Mohammed Benayoune is passionate about working with individuals and teams to achieve their ambitious goals. He is a strong believer that with the right mental attitude, consistent effort and guidance, we can all excel beyond our expectations. 

Dr Mohammed started his career in academia where he took several leadership positions, including chairman of an engineering department. His teaching went beyond the mechanics of engineering to helping his students learn how to excel in their future careers. To keep up to date with industrial development while in academia, he maintained constant contact with industry through successful consulting assignments. 

After 12 years as a professor, Mohammed moved to a ministry of oil and gas in the Arabian Gulf, where he was entrusted with the leadership of several mega-projects. He was involved in setting up the companies to develop the projects, evaluate, select and negotiate the appropriate terms of the contracts for the required licensed technologies, front-end engineering design (FEED), and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). He has negotiated feedstock supply contracts, product off-take contracts, utilities supply contracts, and several other agreements. He has worked with the majority of the international banks, regional banks and export credit agencies in the financing of the deals which total several billion US dollars. He was also involved in the recruitment of all senior staff for these companies. 

One of his major successes was the orchestration and closing of a US$1.6-billion project deal in less than 15 months once the sponsors gave the green light to proceed. He negotiated all the contracts, including the US$1.12 billion financing package. The process included the completion of the basic engineering design by a French technology provider, FEED by a UK-based contractor and the negotiation of the lump sum turn key EPC Contract with a Korean contractor. The financing was provided by a group of 14 international banks and the Import-Export Bank of Korea. 

At one point in his career, he was the CEO of three petrochemical companies at the same time for a period of over two years. He was entrusted with such a responsibility because of his commitment to results in a timely manner which challenges prevailing perceptions. 

Dr Mohammed has lived and worked on four continents and speaks three languages. He has worked or negotiated with organizations from various parts of the world and is well attuned with the subtleties of the various cultures.  

Dr Mohammed will understand your desire to achieve success and will work with you to develop the right strategy and approach to make your goals a reality. 

Dr Mohammed holds a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Aston in Birmingham, UK, master’s and Ph.D degrees from the University of Leeds, UK. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) and is registered with the UK Engineering Council as Chartered Engineer.

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Dr Abdelghani (Yacine) Benayoune


Dr Abdelghani (Yacine) Benayoune

Dr Yacine has a rich and diverse experience in industry, academia and as a human resources development professional.

He has practiced in North America, South East Asia and the Middle East and served a diverse mix of clients. Dr Yacine has held several leadership positions including as a member of an executive team which established an international college in the Middle East. He singled-handedly set up the process technology department. He was also instrumental in increasing the intake by over 500% in less than two years. This was mainly due to his ability to deal with industry leaders and work with them to produce training programs that directly address their needs.

Dr Yacine has worked with institutions where he was responsible for setting up HR strategies and policies, training programs and hiring staff at various levels and from diverse backgrounds and cultures. He has also developed and conducted several ‘train-the-trainer’ programs around the theme of personal accountability.

Dr Yacine is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve a fulfilling and productive work life.  His areas of expertise also include helping organizations in selecting and developing managers and team leaders, performance management and succession planning.

Dr Yacine lived and worked in three continents and speaks four languages. He brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to assist individuals and organizations to maximize their potential in today’s fast-moving and ever-changing workplace.

Dr Yacine is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the Leadership for Success Institute.

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