Strategy Focused Group
Ron Thomas is the Managing Director of Strategy Focused Group, an international consulting firm based in Dubai. He has been identified as one of the top five HR/ Leadership thinkers in the Middle East by CIPD. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia. 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.
His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and the Middle East. He is a columnist/blogger for magazines such as Insight magazine, HR People of Africa, SHRM and CEO. com etc.
He has been a contributing author to numerous books:
- It’s Time for High-Performance Government: Winning Strategies to Engage and Energize the Public Sector Workforce – Howard Risher
- 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, MTN Irancell, King Faisal Hospital – Jeddah, Saudi Electric Company, BASHRM, JLT (Saudi Arabia), HSBC, DP World, CIMB Bank, American Hospital of Dubai, Dar Al Riyadh, and Gulf Bank-Kuwait.
Prior to consulting, Ron has maintained senior level roles for IBM, Martha Stewart Living, and Xerox HR Services. His Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly Executive Online Panel, and HCI’s Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy. He is a sought-after speaker throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific Region.