Dr Alia Al Serkal is currently the Senior Director Talent Management and National Development at du with main responsibilities in Succession Planning, Leadership development, identifying Emerging Talents and overseeing the development of UAE nationals in various programmes. Previously she was accountable for Talent Acquisition (2007- 20011), where she ensured the right person was selected for the right roles. Prior to joining du, Dr Alia was a Senior Psychologist at Emirates Airline, were she conducted thorough psychometric assessments on employees for selection, promotion or developmental purposes, as well as identifying the talent pool for UAE nationals. Her interests lie in personality derailers, stress and coping, emotional labour, work engagement and Nationalisation just to name a few. Dr Alia is a trained Coach. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds (UK), MSc in Psychology and Health from Stirling University (UK) and BSc Psychology from University of Wales, Bangor (UK). She is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a committee member of the International Psychology Conference Dubai (IPCD).