Accredited training and development solutions in operational risk, technical training, resilience, and sustainability

Accredited training and development solutions in operational risk, technical training, resilience, and sustainability

Knowledge Grid

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We are a leading service provider in operational risk management, process safety, technical safety engineering & organisational resilience. We offer flexible and integrative learning solutions (short courses, certificates, diplomas) focusing on providing customised solutions for our client’s needs.


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Knowledge Grid was established in 2012 in Muscat as a joint venture between IRCA Global and Polyglot Institute and trained on average 32,000 learners per year. The company initially focused on providing HSE courses, mainly in the oil & gas sector. In 2021 Knowledge Grid acquired the equity share of Polyglot and was awarded institute status shortly after that.

Since then, we have focused on diversifying our offering, building an international brand, providing thought leadership and designing an integrated knowledge management platform in a new business model. This model is crafted around three areas of focus, namely Training, Consulting and Technology.

Our Vision

To be the leading operational
risk management, technical training,
and technology solutions provider
in the region by 2026.

Our Mission

Facilitating operational
excellence through
integrated learning ecosystems.

Our Values

Customer Experience,
Excellence, Collaboration,
and Innovation

Our Board

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Our team in Knowledge Grid is not only the brain trust of the organization, but also the institutional memory bank. The passion and commitment of our trainers and staff has always been a hallmark of the success. It’s all about people. Always is and always will be.

Sheikh Mardas Abdullah Al Harthi


The Academy is designed to supply the industry with a skilled workforce to tackle the challenges of nurturing innovation and creativity to build a knowledge-based economy and society.

The vision of the Knowledge Grid Academy is aligned with Oman’s Vision 2040 agenda which pays great attention to the development and empowerment of the national human resources.

The Academy is designed to supply the industry in the Sultanate with a skilled workforce to deal with the challenges of nurturing innovation and creativity to build a knowledge-based economy and society. It is our earnest desire that it becomes the leading one-stop platform for training in health and safety in the country.

We will always endeavour to provide the latest vocational education to keep pace with modern technologies in various sectors by imparting special ised knowledge, skills and abilities required to develop our workforce.

I am immensely proud of its Omani heritage – something we recognise in our commitment to the training, development and career development of many young and talented Omanis.

Thian Combrinck


The challenge for leaders is to reskill and upskill the workforce to deliver new business models in the post-pandemic era. This requires the crafting of a talent strategy that develops employees’ critical digital and

The challenge for leaders is to reskill and upskill the workforce to deliver new business models in the post-pandemic era. This requires the crafting of a talent strategy that develops employees’ critical digital and cognitive abilities, their social and emotional skills and their adaptability and resilience.

Our business framework provides a fully integrated service offering to our clients. Our business model clearly identifies all aspects that requires continuous attention in this post pandemic era to ensure sustainable world class performance in operational risk management.

This includes expanded digital ability, develop[1]ing cognitive skills for redesign & innovation, strengthening social skills for effective collaboration, and building adaptability and resilience skills. We are weaving these requirements into the DNA of our service delivery in training and consulting.

Our Management Team

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We strive to do much more by doing less, better and faster. We refer to it as focused excellence – an obsession with quality but an iterative, fast-paced approach.

Hilal Al Amri

Institute Manager

Javed Akram

Group Finance Manager

Turkiya Al-Hasani

HR Manager

Kevin Watson

Technical Training Manager

Muhammad Al Balushi

Defensive Driving Manager

Rahma Al Balushi

HSE Advisor

Our Technical Advisory Board

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We have appointed suitably qualified and experienced members to our Technical Advisory Board (TAB) to provide

  • Thought leadership in the risk management, corporate governance and sustainability in oil & gas, mining, and related industries.
  • Critical thinking by engaging the executive team challenging assumptions and mindsets.
  • Strategic advice the Knowledge Grid leadership on megatrends, digitization & technology, and competitive landscape.
  • Safe harbour for the executives to test-drive innovation, technology, and new product development in the ORM and process safety space.
  • Ongoing counselling and mentoring.


BEng (Hons), MBA, MSc, DBA, Dip SM, DipEM, AFIChemE, FEI, MIoD


Graduated from the University of Wales College Cardiff, School of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honors). Waddah is considered one of the global authorities on Governance and Leadership and High Reliability Organisations (HROs). He is the Chairman of the Platform for Connected Leadership (PCL), Dubai, UAE. He is also currently the Senior Director for Sustainability, Operational and Business Excellence for the ENOC Group in Dubai, UAE and overseas all the Sustainability, CSR, Energy and Resource Management and reporting as well as Business and Operational Excellence, Innovation and Process Improvement and LSS projects with the Group.

Waddah holds several academic and vocational qualifications including two PG Diplomas an MSc in Environmental Sciences; an Executive MBA and a Doctorate from the University of Bradford in Governance and Leadership. He has received several awards in his career, most notably, the Rashid Prize for Scholarship Excellence in 2007 (Dubai), and the IEMA Sustainability Leader of the Year (UK) in 2019.

He delivers various lectures in technical, on learning and in leadership and governance at universities, conferences and within organisations. He is a visiting lecturer on the MSc program at the University of Technology Petronas (UTP) in Malaysia and appointed as an external examiner for PhD defence exams at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in India. His publications include various research, practitioner journal and conference papers in addition to 7 internationally published books mainly is Safety Management, Operational Excellence, Reflective Learning, HSE Practitioner Executive Development, Governance and Leadership as well as theology. Two books are currently under development in PSM & Human Factors and another on Governance and Leadership in Health and Safety. He served as Vice Chairman of Dubai Carbon (DCCE PJSC) from 2010-2019; he is a Board Member of the not-for-profit Emirates Environment Group; an Executive Committee Member (Board) the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and a Board/Council member of the Energy Institute (EI) in the UK and serves as the Hon. Chairman of the Energy Institute Middle East Branch. He is also the senior advisor to the Board of the Clean Energy Business Council. He also represents the UAE in the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Technical Committee 283 and is Chairman of the UAE National Committee for Health and Safety.

He was born and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


BEng (Hons), MBA, MSc, DBA, Dip SM, DipEM, AFIChemE, FEI, MIoD


As an International Thought-leader in the fields of Leadership and Strategic Thinking; Prof Steyn Heckroodt provides a wealth of experience and expertise when engaging with global business leaders. As a Harvard Business School Publishing Moderator, HBR Author, Dean of Academic Affairs, Founder and Chief Thought Leader for Platform for Connected Leadership, he leads a strong team of professionals in shaping the future of companies.

The impact he leaves is best known for the focus he places on developing individual greatness, leading people to exceed as team players and to become organisational disruptors, flirting with complexity. He transforms leaders by inspiring them to challenge the current and think differently about 21st Century challenges, learn through self-reflection and engage with others. As HBR Author of the Platform for Connected Leadership FrameworkTM®, he challenges leaders to act in an empowered manner with increased confidence in decision making as well as a higher level of responsibility and accountability. Dealing with the impact of evolving Industrial Revolutions, Virtual

Distributed Teams, and the Disrupting Exabyte Economy, he guides organisations in taking strategic decisions that fuses people and technology in the world of work. Along with that, he assists organisations in dealing with the change impact today’s world of work and enables leaders to take a more long-term view of their future plans with a focused sensitivity on environmental sustainability and next generation employment challenges. Passionately believing in continuous lifelong learning he has published in the fields of Strategic Thinking, Leadership and Operations, for amongst others Oxford University Press and Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business School Publishing Moderator, HBR Author, Dean of Academic Affairs, Creator of the Platform for Connected Leadership FrameworkTM®, Chief Thought Leader at Platform for Connected Leadership.


Practicing mining engineer


Is a practicing mining engineer with 42 years of experience in the gold, platinum, diamond and coal sectors. He has been a visiting lecturer at various South African universities and an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law, and Policy at the university of Dundee in Scotland.

He was also a member of a review panel for the South African Presidential Commission for revitalizing the South African Mining industry. He sat on the Global Agenda Counsil for the Future of Mining and Metals of the World Economic Forum from the inception of the Council in 2008 to its dissolution in 2016 and remains a member of rage WEF Global Expert Network.

Since 2019 Prof Solomon has served as the Senior Advisor to the DMRE Mine Closure team that is developing the South African National Mine Closure Strategy. He is at present leading the public consultation process on the policy. Mike Solomon has lectured widely on Mining Investment Risk focusing ono the supply-side factors of operational risk, host country political risk, and geopolitical risk. From a sustainability perspective, he specializes in the economic diversification and decarbonization of mines, but from commodity and investment, risk is also knowledgeable on the mining of precursor battery minerals.

Strategically, Mike understanding of the commitment of most major mining companies after COP26 to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 ahead of the Paris Accord target of 2050 is a critical factor in this subject.

He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, where he specializes in the economic diversification and decarbonization of mines. He has recently been awarded an Honorary Life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

(SAIMM) for his contribution to mining in South Africa. Mike has served as a Council of the Institute member for over a decade, where he chairs the SAIMM ESGS Committee.


Doctorate in Chemistry


Dr. C. Radhakrishnan (CR) is a Doctorate in Chemistry and, having 30+ years’ experience in the field Environment, HSE in Infrastructure, Power, Hydrocarbons, Energy and Metallurgical sectors. During this tenure, he developed business with MECA, PDO, BP, Oman Oil, Dhofar Power Company, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, In addition to these roles, he has also worked as a CEO & Academic Director, Emirates ERM Risk Management and Consultancy and IRCA Middle East. His key strengths include technical training, project delivery, business development, management of client relationship and commercial and contracts administration. He has conducted several trainings related to environmental awareness, ISO 14001, HEMP, and related programmes. As an academician, he has written and published several articles in Journals and Proceedings. ADNOC, ENOC, Dugas, Du Telecom, conducted trainings on Environmental Issues for PDO and ADNOC,served as Business Head for Infrastructure & Environment in Worley (erstwhile WorleyParsons) in Oman. Provided Consultancy Services to PDO, Oman Oil, BP, and served as a Corporate Environmental Advisor in PDO, HSE focal point and Management Representative for ISO 14001; EMS and ISO 9001; QMS in various organisations.

Our Training Experts

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Our team is not only the brain trust of the organisation, but also our institutional memory. Our trainers and staff’s passion and commitment have always been a hallmark of our success. It’s all about people. Always is and always will be.


Defensive Driving Instructor


With over 5 years of experience as a Defensive Driving Instructor, Ali specializes in delivery a variety of courses such as:

  • Light vehicle
  • Light bus
  • Graded road
  • Tanker
  • Emergency vehicle ambulance
  • Safe Journey management


HSE instructor


With over 15 years of experience, Arshad works as an HSE instructor and specialises in level 1 courses, and equipment operations such as Excavator/Wheel Loader/Bulldozer Gantry Crane /JCB/Bobcat/Forklift/Crane/Titan/ Road Rollers /telescopic handler/ Dumper and Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (man lift).


Trainer and advisor for NEBOSH and IOSH programmes


Arun holds over 10 years of experience as an approved Level 3 instructor, and he works as a trainer and advisor for NEBOSH and IOSH programmes. Arun holds a master’s in safety and reliability engineering from university of Aberdeen. He delivers:

  • NEBOSH Diploma
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • IOSH Working Safely


AHAF instructor and training manager


Husam Eldin Zakaria holds 25 years of experience as a training instructor. Currently, he serves as an AHAF instructor and training manager of Knowledge Grid Academy. He holds a Master of Medical Technology (physiotherapy) from Hydrabad medical training college. Due to an extensive experience in the field, Hussam specializes in training a wide range of courses such as:

  • Industrial Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • First aid training
  • Occupational Health Training
  • Practical Training


HSE instructor


With over 5 years of experience as an HSE instructor, Rahma delivers HSE level 1 and level 2 trainings. She specializes in delivering:

  • HSE Induction
  • H2S
  • Fire Warden


HSE trainer


Walli specializes in health, safety, and Environment management. He is an approved HSE trainer (Level 1 & 2) and an advisor with over 12 years of extensive experience across the Sultanate of Oman. Wali delivers:

  • Opal HSE Induction
  • Opal H2S Initial
  • Self contained breathing apparatus
  • Fire Warden
  • HSE Incident investigation
  • Authorised Gas Testing
  • Naturally Occurring radioactive Materials Management
  • Chemical Hazard Management

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