Posted on November 26, 2014

HEC Paris School of Management, the region’s leading hub for Executive Education, held an event on 20 November 2014 at the Tornado Tower to welcome the newest batch of participants enrolled in its Specialized Master Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management as the Class of 2016.

The Class of 2016, comprising 50 participants, includes 28 women and 22 men. With an average age of 30 years, the participants represent a variety of nationalities and are high-potential professionals from various industry sectors such as education, finance, oil and gas, healthcare, telecoms and more. The event was attended by many including H.E. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to Qatar, Marina Kundu, Associate Dean of Executive Education of HEC Paris, and Mr. Guillaume Chalmin, Managing Director of Total in Qatar.

The Academic Director of the program is Professor of Strategy Dr. Wolfgang Amann, he recently joined HEC Paris as its first full-time faculty member. He has been designing and delivering executive education seminars for over 15 years and holds a doctorate in International Strategic Management from the University of St.Gallen. Professor Dr. Amann has published 15 books for executives and compiled more than 100 case studies for his executive education seminars.

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“We are truly delighted to welcome the Class of 2016 of our Specialized Master Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management program,” said Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, CEO & Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar. “With 80 per cent of our new participants coming from Qatar and majority of whom are women, indicates the growing popularity of HEC Paris and its programs in Qatar. We are privileged to be contributing to the qatarization process and to the knowledge-based economy through the development of the participants’ managerial skills, leadership and talent.”

“I wish the class of 2016 the best throughout the 18-month program and look forward to the growth of these participants to become future business leaders,” he added. The objectives of the Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management program are threefold: to create effective leaders of business units; to enhance leadership and people management skills, and to foster a genuinely entrepreneurial approach to management.

With a 130-year history of excellence, HEC Paris joined Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) in June 2010. According to the influential UK-based Financial Times media group, HEC Paris has been ranked number one in the world for Executive Education in 2014.