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Ron Thomas

Managing Director

United Arab Emirates


Ron Thomas is the Managing Director of an International consulting firm based in Dubai. He is sought-after speaker throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific Region. He is a visiting professor at the Global Human Resources Leadership Institute at Howard University School of Business in Washington DC. He is also a senior faculty member of the Human Capital Institute, covering the MENA/Asia Pacific & Africa Region. Ron is the former CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and CHRO of Al Raha Group, based in Riyadh. He holds certifications from HCI as Global Capital Strategist (GHCS), Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), and Strategic Workforce Planner (SWP) as well at New York University. He has been identified as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia. His work has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and Middle East.

He is columnist/blogger for magazines such as Insight magazine, HR People of Africa, SHRM and He has been contributing author to numerous books. It's Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce-Howard Richer. Learning to Lead : Lessons in Leadership for People of Faith_Rev. Willard Ashley. Effective Onboarding programs-Doris Sims. As a consultant and management educator, he has worked with companies such as Central Bank of Nigeria, Iran MTNCell, King Faisal Hospital-Jeddah Saudi Electric Company, BASHRM, JLT [Saudi Arabia], Dubai Tourism, American Hospital of Dubai, Dar Al Riyadh, Gulf Bank-Kuwait, Boybyan, Kuwait, CIMB Bank and Singapore Government Civil Service Prior to consulting, he worked in senior level roles for IBM, Martha Stewart Living, Xerox HR Services [HR Consulting] in the US. Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI's Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.