Posted on November 14, 2018

Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), as part of its corporate connect endeavor, takes pleasure in announcing that it has successfully completed “Coffee with CEOs” series, for the 2018 Cohort of its quality qatarization program, Kawader.

The event series was intended to engage leadership figures in the financial services sector in Qatar with young motivated Qataris who are currently working in the financial sector or aiming to do so in a casual setting where the CEOs share professional insights andindustry wisdom. The Kawader program was kicked off on September 2 and will be continued till November end.

Through this series, the undeterred efforts of QFBA paid off well towards shaping the future of new age finance professionals and offered them a way ahead to achieve success in their future endeavors. The influential list of CEOs included H.E. Ali AhmedAl Kuwari, Minister of Economy and Trade for the state of Qatar & Group Chief Executive Officer, Qatar National Bank (QNB) at the time of his visit, Yousuf Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Qatar Financial Centre Khalid Al Subeai, Group Chief Executive Officer, Barwa Bank; and Mr. Fahad Abdullah Al Khalifa, GCEO of al Khaliji Bank. These esteemed leaders are inspirational figures and have been transforming the Qatar financial landscape over the years. These powerful personalities shared their invaluable life and career lessons, providing the Kawader participants with unparalleledinspiration and guidance on their ambitious path. They also enlightened students on their success mantra, which they imbibe to lead the growth trajectory and leave a trail.

On the launch of this series, Dr. Khalid Al Horr, Chief Executive Officer, QFBA, said: “The intent of launching “Coffee with CEO” series has been to empower the future generations to imbibebest practices early in their professional careers from none other than the stalwarts in this sector. As youare aware that Kawader has always taken an innovative route to enhance students’ out-of-the-boxthinking and prepare them towards taking the best decision in challenging times. We are extremelygrateful that such exemplary leaders have removed time out of their busy schedules and offered insightful strategies to carry forward the growth bandwagon. Our participants have gained immenselyfrom these best practices. These will tremendously help them gain global exposure and make them future ready for their career progressions.”

Yousuf Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Qatar Financial Centre, said upon his session on the 25th of October: “We are at the centre of financial influx in Qatar. We need such bright minds to carry ahead our rich legacy and catapult the dynamics. It has been a nice experience for me to come face-to-face with these upcoming finance professionals and enthuse them with the immense opportunities waiting to be tapped. QFBA has been taking rapid strides in makingfinance students future ready and is immensely contributing towards Qatar National Vision 2030. In the future too, Qatar Financial Centre will be at the forefront to support any such endeavor of QFBA and lead the young battalion.”

Qatar Finance and Business []_0.jpg

Khalid Al Subeai, Group Chief Executive Officer of Barwa Bank during his visit to the QFBA on  September 27, 2018, said: “I am very pleased to engage in a dialog with such young minds brimming with greater ideas and potentials. Given the right momentum, they have the potential to truly transform the finance sector of Qatar. Interacting with these students gives assurance that the financial services sector in the State of Qatar is in good hands. I would also like to congratulate QFBA for providing such an innovative platform where we can directly speak with the future leaders of the Qatari financial sector and share with them our experience which we hope has added value to their individual career journey.”

On speaking to students on 20th September 2018, Mr. Fahad Al Khalifa, GCEO, Al Khaliji Bank, said: “I am filled with pride looking at the enthusiasm shown by these young minds. It has been a great experience for me where I am feeling more enriched after having spoken to these young cadres. Looking at their talent, I am sure that the country and the financial sector will be in good hands in the future. These students are a true harbinger of growth and have been a great audience. I hope that my interaction with them on the present financial situation and the future forecast will be great insights for these bright minds.”

Kawader is an innovative learning initiative that is specially designed for grooming high potential young Qataris towards the financial services industry. It aims to equip talented fresh graduates and young professionals, with practical skills and competencies required in the Qatari financial services sector. Kawader program includes financial Services relevant training based on global standards, which come as a result of the financial industry efforts to invest in the next generation of leaders in the Qatari Financial Sector.

The program is designed to train fresh Qatari graduates and young Qatari professionals in the early stage of their career towards accredited certifications to fast track their career progression and fuel their leadership development. Via its simulation and work experience modules, Kawader focuses on practical aspects along with imparting theoretical knowledge. It also focuses on evolving market demands, thus providing the Qatari Financial Services sector with qualified individuals that have the necessary skills to actively contribute to the growth of economic development in Qatar.