Posted on January 18, 2020

HEC Paris, ranked #3 worldwide for Executive Education and #1 for the International Executive MBA by the Financial Times in 2019, honored its International Executive MBA (EMBA), Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM), and Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management – Financial Regulation graduating classes of 2019 during a ceremony held at the St. Regis Hotel Doha on Wednesday.

The event was graced by the presence of H.E. Franck Gellet, Ambassador of France to Qatar and Dr. Pablo Martin de Holan, Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar, and it was emceed by Mr. Wassim Maksoud, Head of Finance and Administration, KPMG and HEC Paris alumnus.  Dr. de Holan was joined by Professor Wolfgang Amann, Academic Director of HEC Paris in Qatar Specialized Master’s Degree, on stage for the distribution of certificates.

This year’s graduating classes included 31 Executive MBA (EMBA), 80 Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM), and 16 Financial Regulation program participants. While a vast number of SBUM graduates are Qataris, a large number of international participants were present in both programs. The class of 2019 witnessed a much higher ratio of female participants in the SBUM program. And the graduates from both programs this year belonged to different corners of the globe – Europe, Central Asia, MENA, North America, South Asia, and Africa.

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Welcoming the classes of 2019, Dr. Pablo Martin de Holan, Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar, said: “A few years ago you decided to join this institution to become a better professional and a better person. All of you worked hard and overcame many obstacles and have ultimately succeeded in your mission, which is why you deserve our undivided attention and our most sincere accolades. You did the best you could and you have been rewarded.” “As a graduate of HEC Paris in Qatar you are now part of a select group of talented individuals who dared to learn and have learned to dare, an invaluable skill in our turbulent and changing world.”

In addition to the graduation ceremony, the event included an awards ceremony honoring participants for their work. The award for the Best Capstone Project for the EMBA Class of 2019 went to Jawaher Al Naimi; the award for the Best Thesis for the Specialized Master 2019 Cohort 1 was received by Aldana Al Sulaiti; the Best Thesis for the Specialized Master 2019 Cohort 2 was awarded to Najla Al Thani; and the Best Thesis award for the Specialized Master 2019 Financial Regulation went to Reem Shaheen.

The event was also marked by the farewell speeches from Faris Abdelmuti - EMBA 2019 class representative; Shoaa Heedan - SBUM 2019 C2 class representative; and Salman Alsooj - SBUM 2019 FR class representative. Other 2019 class representatives are Khalifa Al Obaidli- EMBA 2019; Fawaz Al Mejlad, Hadil Kaawar, Sabreen Taha - SBUM 2019 C1; Hend Al Naimi, Mustafa Aref, - SBUM 2019 C2 and Reem Shaheen -2019 FR.

Since joining Qatar Foundation in 2010, HEC Paris has graduated 720 participants in Qatar - 310 in the EMBA program and 410 in the SBUM program.

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