Abu Issa

Mohamed Abu Issa's business studies at Regent’s have helped him develop the team to support his career in racing. Currently ranked world number two in quad cross-country rally, he recently won the Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar, came fourth in the world-famous Dakar Rally and third in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.

Nationality: Qatari
Programme: BA (Hons) Global Management with Pathways - Global Marketing Management Pathway

I chose Regent’s as it is in a great location and I had recommendations from many of my friends.

I love London. I came to the city from a young age and knew it would be great to study there. It was also ideal for me as lots of my racing activities and my mechanical team are based in Europe, which meant it was a great location to begin my personal and brand development. 

I chose the degree in Global Management for the wide range of topics. In Qatar, international trade and business now dominate our country. This, along with my family business and personal ambitions, made this course the perfect fit for me. 

Through my studies I have started on some small business ventures as well as the development of my racing team in Qatar. My studies at Regent’s have been directly related to many areas of my day-to-day work and tasks.

I really enjoyed the group-work as it enabled me to get to know my fellow students, as well as improving my interpersonal, operational and decision-making skills. The most challenging aspect of my course so far was developing my research proposal and my dissertation preparation. This required lots of research into suitable options. 

In the future, I hope to continue my racing career. I would like to become world champion and finish on the podium in the world’s biggest rally, the Dakar Rally. Alongside this, I would like to teach the youth of my country about riding and safety in the sport I love, as well as exposing them to the opportunities it offers. 

My learning at Regent’s has been very influential in my career to date, and I think it will continue to be. Increased skills in research, communication and teamwork are all vital, as are understanding and being able to implement effective strategies for specific marketplaces.