Student Profile - Inji Abdoun

Inji Abdoun

National Origin


Current Location

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Financial Services


Alexandria University , B.A. English; The American University in Cairo, Master’s Comparative Literature

EMBA Class of

Inji Abdoun
Group Head of Human Resources/CHRO
EFG Hermes


As group chief human resources officer at EFG Hermes, Inji Abdoun provides HR support to over 3,000 employees and managers in 10 countries spanning the Middle East as well as Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and the US. She sits on the firm’s Executive Committee as chief human resources officer. She joined the firm in 2007 as HR manager, taking an active role in the integration of the acquired Oman and Kuwait operations, and setting up the HR function in the KSA operation. Prior to EFG Hermes, Inji worked in HR management roles at LINKdotNET (OT subsidiary) and Fayrouz International (Heineken subsidiary) based in Cairo, Egypt, with responsibilities spanning KSA, UAE, and Switzerland. She also worked as a career counselor in the Career Advising & Placement Office of the American University in Cairo.

Why This Program?

“As I progressed in my career, it became clear that I needed to know more than just HR to operate effectively in a business environment. When I was invited to sit on my organization’s Executive Committee – as the first HR representative and the first woman on the Committee – I knew it was time to get an MBA to ensure that I could actively contribute to all aspects of the decision making undertaken by the committee. I came here because of the curriculum’s emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and technology as well as the diversity of the student body. I was encouraged by such a strong program that values my nontraditional background. This program is a great fit for me and worth the commute.”