Posted on February 28, 2015

A stellar cast of high-ranking government officials, top-notch academicians and several of the most successful business leaders from the region and beyond have confirmed their participation as expert resource speakers and panellists at the 2nd Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum, a coming together of the most brilliant minds to dialogue on the subject of entrepreneurship which will facilitate the development of a new generation of entrepreneurs in the region.

Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, the Forum themed “Fostering the New Generation of Entrepreneurs in Qatar and the Gulf”, is organised by Qatar University College of Business and Economics (QU-CBE), in collaboration with Qatar Ministry of Economy and Commerce and Interactive Business Network (IBN).  It will take place on March 2-3 at the Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.

Fostering the new generation [].jpg“We are deeply honoured and proud of the distinguished line-up of speakers at this year’s event,” said Mr. Raed Chehaib, Chief Executive Officer of IBN. “The combined knowledge and experience, both in theory and in practice, of key personalities in the academe, business and government, will most certainly provide extremely valuable inputs that will help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. “Along with the sponsorship and partnership of major business organisations, I am confident that their support and presence at this Forum will only serve to facilitate the growth of entrepreneurship in Qatar and the Gulf,” he added. “Thus, on behalf of IBN, I am truly grateful for their active participation.”

Commenting on the event, Dr Nitham Hindi, CBE Dean said: “The College is pleased to partner in this Forum that brings together expertise from Qatar, the region and internationally on a topic that is timely for the next generation of business leaders to learn the ins and outs of the world of business. I am confident that the young men and women who attend this forum will gain valuable insight into business processes and approaches that will help them turn their innovative ideas into successful enterprises that will contribute to Qatar’s economic development and progress”.

The program of the 2-day event will include eight keynote speeches and four panel sessions, as well as presentations of two success stories and two case studies.

To highlight the importance of entrepreneurship to the country’s development and progress, leading companies and organizations in Qatar have stepped up to lend their support to the event -- Qatar Development Bank as economic development supporter; Qatar Shell as Diamond sponsor; Ahli Bank as Platinum sponsor; Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) as Gold sponsor; International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) and Masraf Al Rayan as Silver sponsors; Qatar First Bank (QFB) as Bronze sponsor; and Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) as Lanyard sponsor.

Supporting partners such as Qatar Chamber of Commerce, Social Development Center, INJAZ Qatar, ICTQatar and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance (BEDAYA) have also thrown their support behind the Forum. The event has also garnered support from Manateqas economic zones partner, College of North Atlantic Qatar as educational partner, and Qatar Central Bank and Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority as lunch hosts.

The 2nd Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum aims to emphasise the importance of developing the private sector and SMEs, investing in an entrepreneurial eco-system and human capital, as well as creating a knowledge-based economy in order to support economic development and prosperity in line with the goals expressed in Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the development strategies.