Posted on October 26, 2011

HEC Paris' Global Business Perspectives Major began in Doha last Sunday with the arrival of 30 participants representing 10 different nationalities, coming from HEC Paris' five global locations.

The major focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, with participants exploring issues facing Qatar and the region in the context of strong economic growth, fed by a significant increase in hydro-carbon linked revenues.

By the end of the week, participants had acquired a solid understanding of how these issues affect Qatar and the region, and how events in the region affect the global economy.

The major draws heavily on guest lectures and is uniquely designed to expose participants to a wide range of perspectives on the most significant business issues facing industry and government of the region.

His Excellency Dr. Saleh Al Nabit, Secretary General of GSDP, with HEC Paris participants in Doha

Joshua Kobb, Director of Global Initiatives and Acting COO of HEC Paris in Qatar, commented on HEC's collaboration with local partners. "We are proud to have the opportunity to work with our partner institutions in Education City, as well as local industry and government leaders, to offer a rigorous and comprehensive week of learning for our participants. I am sure that this will be a memorable and rewarding experience for our participants."

The week in Doha began with a series of sessions organized in collaboration with Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP). The sessions focused on geopolitical and geo-economic issues affecting the region, and on the ways in which governments are working to develop an integrated vision for the development of their countries.

His Excellency, Dr. Saleh Al Nabit, Secretary General of GSDP, commented that "Qatar is taking a proactive approach to managing its development in a sustainable way, one that will ensure a beneficial legacy for future generations. We very much welcome the opportunity to set out the choices that we have made about Qatar's development, and to explain to participants how we intend to tackle the challenges that lie between us and our economic, social, human and environmental goals."

The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies led a session on sustainable development in Islam, led by Dean Hatem Al Karanshawi.

Participants also had the opportunity to analyze the role of regional family businesses, Islamic finance, and regional financial markets, in addition to energy and water management, corporate governance, green building development.

Concluding the week was a series of sessions organized in cooperation with the Qatar National Food Security Program and Texas A&M University at Qatar.

His Excellency Mr. Jean-Christophe Peaucelle, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar, received the group at his residence. "I am pleased to see that HEC Paris is bringing such a prestigious group to Doha, which further demonstrates the strength of links between our two countries. The economic growth in Qatar is noteworthy, and exposing the group to this environment is highly beneficial."

The Global Business Perspectives Major is one of six offered by the business school, and provides an opportunity for participants to gain specialized knowledge in their area of interest.

Participants choose from: Aerospace and Aviation, Management in an Energy-Concerned Economy, Luxury, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Service: Differentiation and Innovation, and Global Business Perspectives.

HEC's Executive MBA Program, which was launched in Doha last February, is now recruiting its second class, for a start in February 2012.

source: Ameinfo