Leading with Character: A Conversation with Hussain Dawood

The H B Allen Centre, Banbury Road, Oxford, UK

Join us for a conversation with Hussain Dawood, Chairman of Engro Corporation and The Dawood Foundation, about how to lead with character.

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Overview of the event:

At a time of significant uncertainty when humanity faces major economic, social, and environmental challenges around the world, the need for good leadership is more pressing than ever. The urgency of global challenges and the need to do more and move faster has resulted in calls for courageous moral leadership. Now, we need a new generation of leaders who will further the flourishing of society and the planet, placing the public good above personal gain. We need to rethink the idea and practice of leadership to successfully face the complex challenges that lie before us.

This poses a question for those responsible for educating the leaders of tomorrow and for aspiring leaders themselves: How can a generation of talented and ambitious students become the leaders they want to see in the world? How can they grow as leaders, embodying character qualities needed to lead in a way that pursues justice, builds trust, and embraces diversity?

This conversation with Chairman Hussain Dawood will give students an opportunity to consider character qualities that are essential for leadership, guiding their vision for themselves and shaping how they might exercise leadership, both now and into the future.

Speaker bio:

Hussain Dawood is a seasoned business leader and visionary philanthropist. He serves as the Chairman of Engro Corporation and is the driving force behind The Dawood Foundation, a non-profit focused on education and social change. During his tenure as Chairman since 2006, Engro Corporation has experienced significant growth, expansion into new fields of business, and increased revenue.

In addition to his professional successes, Mr. Dawood is deeply committed to promoting human development based on character and good manners (CGM). He has made it a priority to invest in the growth potential of both his people and businesses, focusing on leadership development, upskilling and reskilling, and international partnerships. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Karachi School of Business & Leadership (KSBL), where the Engro Leadership Academy embodies CGM principles.

Mr. Dawood holds an MBA from the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a degree in Metallurgy from Sheffield University. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Islamabad Policy Research Institute and has been an active participant in the World Economic Forum since 1992. Under his stewardship, the Group is now focused on continuously investing in the growth potential of both its people and businesses, contributing to the growth of Pakistan.

Event details:

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project.

Date: 21 May 2024

Time: 16:00 - 17:00 (please arrive by 15:50)

Location: Glen Callater Room, HB Allen Centre, Keble College

Format: In-person event

If you have any questions regarding the event, please write to anjali.sarker@politics.ox.ac.uk.

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