Posted on April 30, 2014

Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) honored 67 outstanding Qataris who have completed its first two customized leadership programs with a special honoring ceremony attended by a number of ministers, government officials, leading executives and special guests.  

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson of the QLC Board of Directors, addressed the participants from the Current and Future Leaders Program and the Executive Leaders Program: "This celebration symbolizes an important accomplishment in the leadership development of 67 Qataris who are honored today for supporting Qatar’s development goals by being part of the national initiative for leadership excellence." She added: "In line with the vision of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Leadership Centre seeks to be a hub for excellence in leadership development and knowledge generation to support the human, social, economic and environmental pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030."

Qatar Leadership Centre is committed to achieving the 2030 national development strategy by seeking to advance and nurture Qatar's leadership talent pool, and qualify current and future leaders to help them achieve their full potential and support the future development plans of the State of Qatar. H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, and Vice Chairman of the QLC Board of Directors, emphasized that “the development of leadership skills has become inseparable from excellence and success.  Building local leadership capacity will serve the country by providing a strong foundation for the next generation.  And that is the mission of the Qatar Leadership Centre.”

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Board Member and Managing Director of QLC, noted, “We are honored that His Highness the Amir received Qatar Leadership Centre’s participants in advance of our ceremony, and that this ceremony is held under the auspices of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson of the QLC Board of Directors.”  He added: "This honoring ceremony’s sole purpose is to motivate the participants to harness all the lessons learned from the Centre's programs to advance Qatar's progress and development goals.  We are confident that they will spare no effort to achieve their objectives."

Qatar Leadership Centre honors 2 [].jpgQLC programs combine theoretical and practical instruction to enhance the leadership and management skills of Qatari men and women who were chosen through a competitive, merit-based process of assessments, panel interviews and evaluation.  QLC’s core curriculum gives participants specialized leadership courses taught by world-class academic experts at prominent universities including Harvard, Cambridge, Duke, Chicago and HEC Paris, and offers opportunities for them to interact with prominent leaders in government and key sectors.

Qatar Leadership Centre participants are Qatari professionals drawn from diverse industries including government, oil and gas, healthcare, education, finance, tourism, real estate and communications technology. Through QLC, these men and women, many at senior management levels, strengthen their leadership and management skills, specifically in strategic thinking, negotiation techniques, policy analysis, financial management and team-building, through the customized leadership program offered by QLC.

“Given the challenges and opportunities facing Qatar, what we learned through QLC about effective policy decisions, business strategy and organizational development can have a great effect on the success of Qatar’s vision,” noted participant Dr. Mohamed Al Ansari, Group Director Portfolio Investment & Group Strategy, Barwa Real Estate Group. “His Highness The Amir cares deeply about investing in the future of Qatar, which motivates us to work hard to improve our contributions to our country,” remarked participant Aljazzi Hamad Fetais, Director of Student Activities, Qatar University. “Qatar Leadership Centre enables Qatari professionals from all sectors to collaborate in innovative ways to bring about the development of a knowledge-based society.” 

Qatar Leadership Centre is building on the success of the first two programs with its current programs, launched in January 2014, designed to advance and nurture the talent of Qatari professionals.  The Current Leaders Program and the Executive Leaders Program are designed for participants ages 25 to 35 and 36 to 46, respectively. QLC’s new Government Leaders Program for participants ages 25 to 40 focuses on developing leadership, decision-making and policy management skills for public sector professionals.  All three programs now underway are scheduled to conclude in 2015, and the next cycle of QLC programs will begin.