As GCC countries accelerate plans to diversify their economies, equipping people professionals with the knowledge and tools to shape great places to work and, in turn, more inclusive and competitive economies, is critical.

To meet this growing demand, the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD) is pleased to announce a new channel partnership with professional development institute LEORON.

LEORON brings over 30 years of experience in delivering professional development programmes, a deep understanding of the GCC and on-the-ground presence in Riyadh. Through this partnership, itwill market, sell and deliver CIPD Learning public programmes across the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – delivering live virtual, self-directed programmes and, for the first time, in-person public programmes in the Kingdom.

"Partnerships are a critical part of our strategy to serve people professionals across the region and allow us to focus on our work with employers. For the past year, we have been developing a trusting relationship with LEORON, ensuring our values, purpose and expertise complement each other. This partnership allows us to grow our footprint in the Gulf whilst ensuring the same world-class CIPD customer experience", says Charlotte Chedeville, Regional Head of Operations – MENA at the CIPD.

Mariana Ignatov, Director – CIPD Programmes at LEORON, adds: "Delivering relevant, flexible and expert content is essential to help people professionals navigate the new world of work. We’re delighted to partner with the CIPD to bring their world-class learning programmes to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE. We look forward to leveraging our network and 12 years of expertise in the GCC to support the CIPD in championing better work and working lives at scale in the region." 

Starting today, registrations for CIPD Learning public programmes in the UAE, Qatar and KSA will be made via LEORON. The partnership covers self-directed and instructor-led public programmes and short courses and excludes CIPD qualifications, that are exclusively delivered by CIPD centres.


CIPD Learning public programmes scheduled and delivered by LEORON in 2022 include Strategic Workforce Planning, HR as a Business Partner, HR Analytics, Organisation Design and Reward Management and more. To download the full calendar, please visit

To see the full list of centres delivering CIPD qualifications, please visit

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