In March 2017, Sajida H. Shroff, CEO, Altamont Group was elected as President of Harvard Club of the UAE.
This is the first time a woman has been elected President of this prestigious alumni club.
Sajida Hasan Shroff, President Elect, Harvard Club of the UAE, with His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, at the Harvard Crossroads Conference on March 22, 2017 in Dubai
Harvard Club of the UAE Board of Directors present at the first Board Meeting on April 8, 2017 in Dubai
Sajida Shroff, President Harvard Club of the UAE, with Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Tolerance, at the Harvard Club of the UAE Salon on April 15, 2017 in Al Khawaneej, Dubai
Sajida H. Shroff, CEO, Altamont Group was recently elected President of Harvard Club of the UAE. Harvard Club of the UAE was established in 2003 and is the official alumni organization for all Harvard alumni residing in the UAE.
Approximately 1,000 alumni from diverse public and private entities are members of the UAE Harvard Club. Given Sajida’s dedicated service to the Harvard Club of the UAE since 2011, it is not surprising that she was voted in by a significant majority. It is the first time a woman has been elected President of this prestigious alumni organization.
Sajida’s “vision, in a nutshell, is to enable Harvard Club of the UAE to become the premier alumni organization in the UAE capable of delivering the most sophisticated platform for social cohesion, supporting educational pursuits and other enriching experiences, and to take HC UAE to the next level of success.”
The new Board took office on April 2, 2017 with President Sajida commenting: “Our new Board Members embody the spirit of community and enterprise, bringing talent, new ideas, and expertise to enhance the Harvard Club of the UAE. We are very fortunate to have them as we continue to strengthen our society in the United Arab Emirates. We would also like to thank the previous Board Members for their tremendous support and service.”
The new Board is comprised of the President, Treasurer, Secretary, Strategy Champion, and 3 Directors. In alignment with the President’s election platform, as part of the new Board structures, a Strategic Plan will be developed and the By Laws will be updated, to ensure that HC UAE decisions and work are consistent with the values of their alma mater; as well as to clarify the Club’s mandate and enhance HC UAE. The Board will also aim to increase the alumni, corporate and government organizations with which they partner for mutual goals and as resources for its members.
As President, Sajida aims to further strengthen Harvard Club of the UAE’s operations as well as foster strategic opportunities for greater alignment with Harvard Alumni Association (Cambridge); the UAE government; business entities in the region; schools; and other alumni groups resulting in increased networking/learning opportunities for Harvard alumni in the UAE.
Sajida Hasan Shroff, CEO of Altamont Group (Education Advisory and Investment), is an international educational strategist with over 20 years’ experience. She is passionate about integrating strategic business practices in knowledge organizations; and committed to contextualizing education so it has positive impact on communities served. Altamont Group, under Sajida’s leadership, is advising numerous governments, NGO, and corporate entities across five continents regarding Education Innovation through Strategy and Policies that cater to their needs; Education Investment; and Developing Smart Education Cities; enabling the alignment of education and business. Experiences with global entities include CIDA, UNESCO, OECD, NATO, Dubai Holding, UAE PMO, Smart Dubai, and Aga Khan Development Network; along with academic institutions such as Cambridge, McGill, Harvard, and Columbia. Sajida is from Kenya and grew up in the UK and Canada.
Sajida is also actively engaged in CSR including serving as President of Harvard Club of the UAE; VP Outreach for Harvard Global WE; Advisor for Integreat Special Needs Centre; Founder of Canadian Alumni in the UAE; and Advisory to the Chair (Governance and Strategy), for e7 Daughters of the Emirates بنات الإمارات (Banat al Emarat); as well as being an Advisor at Harvard Innovation Labs.