Complex Made Simple

Josoor Institute trains more than 75 National Handball Federation general secretaries

Josoor Institute successfully organised a bespoke senior leadership workshop in Doha for the Secretary Generals and senior representatives of continental, member and national federations affiliated to the International Handball Federation (IHF).

The two-day senior leadership workshops were attended by more than 75 senior leaders and covered a variety of topics including operational effectiveness for national sports federations, leading change and fostering innovation in sports organisations, sports marketing for federations and sports sponsorship.

The workshops were delivered by Ryan Bowd, Director of Education and course facilitator from Josoor Institute who was joined by Dr Nicholas D. Theodorakis, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Qatar University, Nick Wilkinson, Head of Asian Operations at Wasserman and Tom Cross from Leaders Consulting.

The course is the latest example of how Josoor Institute is fulfilling its role as the driving force behind the development of sports and events industries across the MENA region and supporting current and future generations of sports and events professionals.

Elaborating on the significance of the workshops Mushtaq Al-Waeli, Executive Director (acting) at Josoor Institute said, “We are delighted to have partnered with the International Handball Federation to organise these bespoke workshops against the backdrop of the ongoing 2015 World Men’s Handball Championship in Qatar. This reiterates our commitment of being a catalyst for transforming the sports and events industries in the region and setting new standards globally.”

Delegates attending the workshops examined current practice and understanding within their sports organisations, as well as learnt about new perspectives and ways to manage and capitalise on existing resources.

Commenting on the participation of the Secretary Generals and senior representatives from the IHF, Amal Khalifa, Managing Director of the IHF said, “It was really great. I am sure there is a lot they can take back and apply in their respective federations. I thank Josoor Institute for hosting all of us.”

Sauda Babirye, Secretary General of the Uganda Handball Federation who attended the workshops commented, “This has been so wonderful. Through the workshops, we have been able to identify a number of gaps that exist within our organisation. As a result of the knowledge and skills that we acquired from these sessions, we will be able to address these once we return home. Josoor Institute has taught us how to measure effectiveness and this is something that we were missing.” He further elaborated, “We can now clearly articulate our objectives and evaluate the effectiveness of our organisation. Additionally, Josoor Institute has taught us how to initiate the necessary change to take us from where we are to where we want to be, how to create effective marketing and to reach out to potential sponsors for our sports organisation.”

Josoor Institute’s bespoke workshops are designed to support sports organisations such as the IHF by imparting the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise in order to successfully manage sports organisations and host major sporting events. To date, more than 800 delegates from the sport and events industries in Qatar and the MENA region have attended courses offered by Josoor Institute in collaboration with its institutional partners.