Posted on September 08, 2019

Following the overwhelming success of its previous editions in the last six years, the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) is pleased to announce the kick off of its Kawader Programme’s seventh edition, in partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre.

This edition of the Kawader programme sees the participation of 28 of the brightest young Qatari talents in the financial field, both academic graduates and professionals, who were carefully selected based on their capabilities and potential to be shaped and upskilled into the financial services sector’s next-generation leaders, empowered by both academic and technical expertise.

The programme’s 7th edition will run for the duration of three months, two of which will entail academic development, and the third month will involve on-the-job practical training at global and local financial institutions and corporations.  A number of expert trainers will be supervising and overseeing Kawader’s learning and development track throughout the course of the programme, supporting in the provision of information and other resources to participants.

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This year marks a new addition by QFBA to the programme; a simulation course and exercise for commerce and financial services will offer Kawader participants access to practical hands-on experience, allowing them to apply their learning outcomes from the programme’s variety of courses. 

Kawader boasts a unique capacity building and development model, a blended learning experience converging theoretical fundamentals with on-the-ground professional training in the workplace, all under the framework of one programme. As such, it offers students in-depth insight and perspective into leading worldwide institutions in the financial services landscape, and the chance to benefit from a series of training courses that were built and designed around their learning gaps and needs, backed by a number of internationally accredited qualifications and certifications – including those from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, the Institute of Leadership and Management, and the CFA institute.

Over the years, Kawader participants have demonstrated and sharpened unique values and traits for their long-term career and personal growth: a resolute commitment to intensive training, punctuality, teamwork and autonomy, as well as an uncompromising work ethic and discipline in the classroom, and in institutions where they gained on-the-job work experience. On the occasion of Kawader’s 7th edition kick off, Dr. Khalid Al Horr, CEO at QFBA, commented: “The kick off of this edition of Kawader comes based on the success that crowned our previous editions of the  programme; a testament to the overwhelming response and traction it has gained with both the studentsand Qatar’s banking and finance sector. Over the past years, Kawader has culminated in the graduation of many cohorts of distinguished students across financial specialisations, who went on to join leading financial institutions, and we trust that they will play an instrumental role in elevating their performance and market value.

Their success is a testament to ours in raising the bar for the financial services sector; a ripple effect of our efforts across the board into supporting organisations and professionals achieve their growth and development ambitions. At QFBA, our growth strategy has centred on long-term investments into the State of Qatar’s human capital toward the creation and prosperity of a knowledge-based economy, and on the overall development of the country’s financial sector. It is building on this ambition that QFBA continues to pour its efforts into moulding the manpower behind Qatar’s banking and finance sector, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.”

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He added: “The academy has grown a robust network of partnerships with a number of academic institutions and corporates, both in Qatar and abroad, to offer young talents world-class experiences. QFBA’s practical learning philosophy and model equips Kawader participants with unique real-life skillsets and experiences that empower and enable their development throughout their career path. In turn, the programme provides leading financial institutions and corporations with a distinguished, highly trained talent pool that holds the tools to succeed and add great value to their operations and organisations.

Kawader, which was first launched through a strategic partnership between QFBA and the Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA), is a unique opportunity and programme for young Qatari graduates and entry-level professionals, as it is fully sponsored and bears no tuition fees for participants. It aims tobroaden the learning, knowledge and skillsets of participants in the financial services industry, as well as shape their leadership and managerial skills.

Today, with 28 new programme participants under its seventh edition, Kawader’s cohort counts 176 students since it launched its first edition.