World Free Zones Executive Program

The World Free Zones Organization has partnered with IESE Business School to provide a cutting-edge executive development experience tailored to your needs as a leader from the free zones ecosystem.


For any enquiries: +971 4 248 2610

Dubai | Newy York | Shanghhai | Barcelona

Learn From Experts

Hone your knowledge and strategic thinking as a general manager.

Connect With Leaders

Strengthen your network and connect with global free zone leaders.

Transform Yourself

Reflect on your leadership style and how to innovate in your organization.

Learn by Doing

This customized executive development program aims to develop the requisite skills and knowledge base of free zone executives to operate and manage free zones, along with inspiring innovative thinking.

Using the Case Method, you will explore business and leadership dilemmas and their potential solutions. Over the duration of the program, you will examine over 20 real-world business scenarios that address diverse management issues and cultural contexts, and share a common denominator – the need for decisive action.

Program Content will range from critical general management topics – such as global economics, strategy, marketing, negotiation, operations management and leadership – to free-zone specific topics – such as attracting investment, fostering entrepreneurship and innovation and sustainable and smart zone development.


Dr. Samir Hamrouni
CEO, World FZO​

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for the program includes:

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    Free Zone Leaders

    CEOs, general managers, VPs and leadership position holders with a view to further strengthen their skills in leadership, strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship

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    Free Zone Managers

    Senior management personnel in strategy, business development, administration, customer support, operations and functional heads with a view to prepare them for leadership positions

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    Free Zone Partners & Service Providers

    Professionals in legal, finance, IT, infrastructure and related disciplines offering support to free zones and free zone companies


Dr Samir Hamrouni Executive Education Program Director
Prof. Bruno Cassiman Strategic Management
Prof. Marta Elvira Strategic Management
Prof. Mohan Guruswamy World Free Zones Organization
Prof. Yih-teen Lee Managing People in Organizations
Prof. Paddy Miller Managing People in Organizations
Prof. Conor Neill Managing People in Organizations
Prof. Ahmad Rahnema Financial Management
Prof. Jaume Ribera Operations Management
Prof. Mike Rosenberg Strategic Management
Prof. Jan Simon Financial Management
Prof. Antonino Vaccaro Business Ethics
Prof. Josep Valor Information Systems
Prof. Ramakrishna Velamuri Entrepreneurship
Prof. Pedro Videla Economics
Prof. Gao Wang Marketing
Prof. Eric Weber Accounting and Control

Be Global

Delivered over approximately six months in key locations across the globe, you will quickly gain firsthand international experience with minimal disruption to your work. In these locations you will have the opportunity to visit best-in-class free zones and hear from top free zone innovators.

Tuition Fees

The cost of the World Free Zones Executive Program for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:


World FZO members save over 15% on tuition.
Contact us to learn more.

Key Dates & Timeline

The application deadline for the 2017 class is February 15, 2017. The program is structured around a modular approach designed for minimal work disruption (16 days, 4 cities, 6 months), which includes site visits to best-in-class free zones and meetings with top free zone innovators.

Please click each module for more details


To assist in planning your participation in the World Free Zones Executive Program, we have prepared an overview of recommended hotels.

We recommend you book your accommodation as soon as possible.



To register for the World Free Zones Executive Program registering, please follow the link below to submit your application and CV for consideration:

  1. World Free Zones Executive Program Application Form

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