Masar Godolphin welcomes its inaugural class of future leaders

Masar Godolphin welcomes its inaugural class of future leaders

Masar Godolphin, the academic and experiential scholarship programme operating under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today welcomed its inaugural class of future leaders.

Places on this prestigious programme were offered to eight outstanding and ambitious young Emirati men and women aged between 23 and 30, who demonstrated a genuine passion for horseracing, and who have the ambition and commitment to develop both personally and professionally.

The course will run over 10 months, in Dubai, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and include a mix of both academic and practical modules, offering participants a unique and unrivalled opportunity to embrace their equestrian heritage with the aim of becoming the business leaders of the future.

John Ferguson, Chief Executive and Racing Manager for Godolphin, said: “Masar Godolphin represents yet another demonstration of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s enduring passion for horse breeding and racing, and his continued commitment to the creation of a sustainable future for both the industry and the individuals involved in it. Masar Godolphin participants will be privileged to experience many aspects of horse racing and breeding in both Europe and the UAE, preparing them incredibly well for a future in this most exciting and demanding business.

We remain indebted to the continued commitment and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, and we are privileged to be able to extend this opportunity to the next generation of Emiratis”.

Hugh Anderson, Managing Director for Godolphin in the UK and Dubai, said: “The love of horses is part of the DNA of Dubai and this was reflected in the large number outstanding applications we received from UAE nationals who wanted to immerse themselves in the world of thoroughbred horse breeding and racing. Competition for places was tough and we faced a difficult but welcome challenge in trying to select the eight members of the inaugural class. I believe that those who have been selected will be excellent flag bearers for Masar Godolphin and we look forward to working with them over the next ten months”.

The participants of the Masar Godolphin class of 2017 are:

 

Amna Banihashem

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

A trilingual mechanical engineer and the first female graduate of her program at the American University in Dubai, Amna believes that hard work, excellence, and innovation are the keys to succeed. She is a painter, a philanthropist, and a competitive show jumper aspiring to become an Olympian with hopes to represent the UAE worldwide.

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Hussain Al Marzooqi

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

A graduate of Animal Science and Zoology from the University of Deakin University Geelong in Australia. Hussain has competed in endurance races globally since 1997, winning the Junior World Championship in 2009 in Hungary, before becoming an endurance trainer in 2006. For Hussain equestrianism is not just a hobby to but more a way of life and never ending passion.

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Hasna Ali

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

Hasna has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the Canadian University of Dubai. She was also recognised by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as one of the top students who excelled academically in 2014. Having started her career at the young age of 18 in the aviation industry with Emirates Airline, she has progressed to become a specialist in Flight Operations. Hasna’s love and keen interest in equestrianism drew her towards Masar Godolphin and the world of thoroughbred racing.

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Muna Al Mazrouei

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

Muna Al Mazrouei holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the American University of Sharjah. Prior to joining Masar Godolphin, Muna works as a Process Efficiency Engineer at Emirate Global Aluminium (EGA) in the Energy department.

In her spare time Muna likes to participate in equine charity initiatives such as the Pink Caravan Ride, she also volunteers at stables which specialise in equine therapy.

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Sultan Al Ameri

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

A graduate of SAE Dubai in Audio Engineering, Sultan comes from a family with a rich history in equestrianism. From a very young age he has taken part in live horse events across the UAE. Prior to joining Masar Godolphin, Sultan worked on his families yard Rahal Ranch in Abu Dhabi.

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Ayesha Al Fugaee

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

Ayesha is a graduate of Zayed University, where she founded both the Equestrian Club and the Poetry Club. A keen and talented equestrian, in her spare time Ayesha writes poetry and is an active member of the Dubai Volunteering Program.

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Abdulaziz Al Suwaidi

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

A graduate of International Relations from the American University of the Emirates in Dubai. Abdulaziz worked for the Dubai Land Department in the property transaction section prior to joining Masar Godolphin. Having been involved with horses and equestrianism all his life, Abdulaziz has competed in equestrian events globally, including at the highest level in endurance racing with His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum stables.

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Ibrahim Aqil

Masar Godolphin – Class of 2017

A graduate of Business Administration from the American University in Dubai, Ibrahim is hoping that Masar Godolphin will be his gateway to a professional career in the thoroughbred industry. As a child, Ibrahim was always fascinated with the equestrian lifestyle, inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Throughout his youth, Ibrahim took horseback riding classes, eventually attaining a high-level in equestrian show jumping.