Leadership workshops in London and Saudi Arabia

A series of workshops was held on March 19-22, 2014 by Kurt Richter, IEEE Life Fellow and PA Speaker. The back-to-back events in London and Jeddah attracted more than 50 participants in both cities.

Kurt Richter’s report follows.

London, UKRI Section

On the initiative of Charles W. Turner the IEEE student branch at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) organized a 4 hours workshop on March 19, 2014. The workshop was held by the professor Kurt R. Richter and supported by the IEEE Region 8 Professional Activities Subcommittee (R8 PASC). The workshop is part of the IEEE Region 8 workshop program organized by R8 PASC. It was attended by approximately 50 participants including students as well as some people from university staff.

The duration of the workshop was cut down from normally 6 to 7 hours to 4 hours exuding a 15 minutes coffee break. Special emphasis was put on the interactive coorporation within groups of 4 to 5 and the presentations of the speakers of the groups who reported about the outcomes of their discussion.

The impression of the trainer and the response of the participants he received from Charles W. Turner who also participated in the whole workshop were very positive.

Unfortunately, after the workshop the train I had to leave in order to catch a plane to Saudi Arabia at Heathrow and, therefore, I could not socialize with the participants as I do at most workshops.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia West Section

In October 2013 Prof. Kurt R. Richter was invited by the IEEE Saudi Arabia West Section to hold workshops in Jeddah. Due to technical and visa problems the workshops could not be organized earlier than March 2014. The workshop series was organized by Dr. Akila Sarirete from Effat University (project manager) together with Dr. Hafidh AlSamarrai and Dr. Abdularhman Alahdal.

After some discussion it was agreed on the following program:

Thursday16:00 – 17:00Registration


17:00 – 18:30Leadership Skills -1
(Day 1)18:30 – 19:00Break & Prayer
19:00 – 20:00Leadership Skills – 2
Saturday8:30 -9:30Registration
9:30 – 10:45Leadership Skills -3


10:45 – 11:15Break
11:15 – 12:30Conflict Management
(Day 2)12:30 – 13:00Prayer & Break
13:00 – 14:30Negotiation Skills
14:30- 14:45Break
14:45 – 16:15Body Language
16:15-17:30Prayer & Lunch

The workshops were sponsored by the Chair of the WKSA Region Dr. Mohamed Turki and his office.

On both days the workshops were attended by more than 60 students and young engineers from Effat University, King AbdulaAziz University, Um AlQura University and from Saudi Council Engineers, respectively. On the last day the organizers and many participants approached the trainer and expressed their appreciation of the workshops.

At the end of each workshop day Kurt Richter was invited to have dinner with the organizers and the students as well. This was an excellent opportunity for further discussion and exchange of information.