Posted on April 05, 2013

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q), in partnership with Qatar Petroleum and UNESCO-UNEVOC, launched the Global Innovators Conference 2013 on Thursday evening at a Welcoming Dinner at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Over 650 delegates from 42 countries converged on Doha for the three-day conference, April 4 – 7, which is dedicated to the topic of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). This is the first international  TVET gathering in Qatar and in the region. The Opening Night Dinner drew CNA-Q executives and faculty, Qatar Petroleum and UNESCO-UNEVOC executives, and hundreds of delegates, many of whom had just arrived in the country.

(L to R) Hissa Al-Ali, Director, CNA-Q, Fatima Al-Ali of Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Petroleum Director of Administration Ahmad Ali Al-Mawlawi, Dr. Latifa Al-Houty, Vice-Chair, CNA-Q Executive Committee, and keynote speaker Matthew B. Crawford

Matthew B. Crawford, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, was the evening’s keynote speaker. Other noted speakers throughout the three-day event include Patch Adams, John Baker, Markus Maurer, Roger Fisher, Maryellen Weimer, Eric Chester, Mark David Milliron, Brian Little, Bill Lucas, Guy Claxton, and Suleiman A. Suleiman of UNESCO’s Regional Bureau.

“Global Innovators 2013: Leading and Learning in Technical and Vocational Education” is calling attention to Qatar’s progress in TVET, and how this focus is helping the country to realize its National Vision 2030 and along with it, the goals of the National Development Strategy.

Matthew B. Crawford

Key organizers include CNA-Q co-chairs Jason Rolls, Dean, Language Studies and Academics, and Dr. Michael Long, Chair, Office of Applied Research and Innovation.

An introductory panel discussion with invited experts on Friday morning, 5 April featured Dr. Anna Paolini, OIC, UNESCO Doha, James Knight, President, World Federation Colleges & Polytechnics, and Bill Lucas, a renowned TVET expert who is also a keynote speaker at the event. The introductory panel was moderated by Ian Brockie.

3. Delegates from 42 countries are in attendance at the Global Innovators Conference 2013

AbdulAziz Al-Tamimi, Secretary General of UNESCO’s National Commission and Director of International Education Affairs, and Dr. Abdulaziz Ali Al-Saadi, Director Policy Analysis and Research Office, both representing the Supreme Education Council, were honoured guests.

To register for the conference or for more information, please visit The public is welcome to attend, subject to the delegate registration fee. Throughout this school year 2012-2013, CNA-Q is celebrating a Decade of Excellence, and in the process, recognising the visionaries, faculty, students, business partners and supporters behind the college’s success.

4. Introductory panel of TVET experts at the Global Innovators Conference on Friday, 5 April

Qatar Airways now flies 3 times a week to Yangon, Myanmar