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Risk Expert Wants Jordanian Business To Address Sustainability

Exeter One Planet MBA student George Siryani wants to set up a risk management consulting firm in Jordan

George Siryani spent over two years researching MBA programmes before deciding on the University of Exeter One Planet MBA. Five months into the programme, the Jordanian national is convinced his MBA will help him build a career that combines risk management and sustainability.

George finished high school in Jordan in 2002 with the highest grade at country level and graduated with a Bachelor in Finance from Al-Jami’ah Al-Urdunia, Amman in 2006. He subsequently joined Arab Bank Plc’s Pioneer Trainee Programme where he gained in-depth knowledge and experieince of banking and finance.

Prior to enrolling on the One Planet MBA, George was Risk Supervisor at the Jordan Ahli Bank administering rating platforms and scorecards, standardizing credit processes and consulting on the bank’s full transformation project.

In 2009, George decided that he wanted to run his own risk management consulting firm in Jordan. He selected partners and started building a database but he also needed to build his managerial skill-set.

George wanted to learn how to run a business in the most sustainable way possible and since going on the One Planet MBA, he has seen how sustainability issues impact economics, finance and accounting.

“I come from a country where people are not fully aware of the impact of the environment. Jordan needs to grow in the future but it needs to do this by implementing ideas of sustainable businesses.”

George has been convinced through the teaching on the One Planet Programme that businesses can operate sustainably and still be profitable. “Coming to Exeter was not a decision that was taken for granted. The entire programme needed to fit my needs and interests and I have been impressed with the faculty”, he says.

He has been impressed with the way sustainability concerns have been integrated in accounting and finance projects, and is convinced that these are lessons that he can apply in the real world.

George’s biggest challenge right now is keeping up with the intensity of the MBA programme, but it should be good training for when he sets up his own firm! 


Tuesday 31st January 2012, 08.58 (UTC)


Very inspiring article George! Do you know if the public sector in Jordan has started sensitizing people on this issue?

Tuesday 31st January 2012, 11.31 (UTC)


Thanks Ned. The public sector in Jordan is shifting slowly towards enlightening people on the importance of recycling and protecting the environment. Having said that, I must also mention that the urgent need of FDI limits the government's options to enforce environmental-friendly regulations on big companies at a larger scale. One of the major things which control businesses' appetite towards considering sustainability is costs. Unfortunately, some big companies think of the issue as more of a philanthropic approach, rather than as a critical strategic component. Four things I am currently thinking of within the same context are: 1. Stronger role for the Arab fund for economic & social development. 2. Creating awareness within the educational stream. 3. Defining the role of the Ministry of Environment and passing on serious laws & regulations in that regard. 4. Jordan is now a member in the EBRD ( European Bank of Reconstruction & Development). This latter point will hopefully bring in more 'clean' investments & create jobs.

Wednesday 1st February 2012, 13.33 (UTC)

M. Obeidat

I think more local businesses are giving more attention to sustainability, even from an environmental point of view. I am working with a local boutique bank on a clean energy initiative that aims to replace the current infrastructure with a green, environment friendly substitute. this is a good reading George, thank you

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