Posted on January 22, 2018

The Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) has organized a congratulatory event for the first cohort of Senior Qatari Executives in its pioneering Future CEO program. The event was attended by Mr. Nasser Ahmed Al- Shaibi, Deputy Chairman of Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), and Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC Authority. The event was held at the Marriott Marquis City Center on Saturday 20 January 2018.

The FCEO pioneering cohort includes C level executives representing different companies in various sectors in Qatar such as Qatar Petroleum, QInvest, and Qatar University.

QFBA, with the support of the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFCA), launched the Future CEO program in October 2016 and the program ran until January 2018 - more than 15 months. The program offered a promising experience for senior Qatari executives from varying business functions, such as Finance, Corporate planning, Operations, Administration, etc. grooming them towards the strategic functions of being a CEO in any industry. It focused on developing business success factors that are Qatar specific via exploration of the unique strengths and challenges faced by institutions in Qatar. Several best practices across various industries were shared and discussed, spanning aspects related to marketing and business strategy, managing change, blockade induced challenges to even the mapping of informal networks.  

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Nasser Ahmed Al- Shaibi, Deputy Chairman of Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), said: "Qatar's unique developmental situation in all areas requires its equivalent of qualified and specifically trained business leaders to keep abreast of the pace of economic activity in the country. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on investing in the nation’s human resources and preparing them to suit the requirements of this era and the phase that the region is currently going through. We are delighted to participate in this exciting event and witness a number of Senior Qatari executives achieve this prestigious international certification. Today, they are receiving a world-class certificate that is a testament to their breadth of knowledge gained that will lead to greater service of their community and nation, and ultimately to achieving sustainable economic prosperity and social welfare in Qatar. I would like to thank QFBA for launching this impactful international program with the support of the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFCA), and congratulations to the cohort - wish them much progress and success.”

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From his part, Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Emadi, Acting CEO of QFBA, said: “We are proud to see one of the objectives of QFBA become a reality through the certification of a distinguished group of Senior Qatari Executives who have further developed their strategic thinking skills via program sessions spanning 15 months. The Senior Qatari executives have largely benefitted from their group -sharing a variety of aspects of strategic importance in companies in Qatar. At QFBA, we will continue to develop human capital in Qatar and equip it with knowledge and skills to be able to lead the country's economic future and achieve sustainable prosperity, thereby contributing to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

On his part, Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC Authority, stated: “Following the launch of the Future CEO program last year, we are delighted to be here as we recognize and reward the first cohort of Senior Qatari Executives. This unique program is another step in elevating and enhancing our nation’s human capital. The skills picked up by the participants as well as the training and education they have received through the Future CEO program will positively reflect on their respective institutions and pave the way to them attaining the highest of positions in the future. The program is creating a new generation of senior executives who have the knowledge and the expertise to drive progress and development in the country’s growing business. Congratulations to all the graduates and I wish them all the success in their future.”

Esme Alfred, Global Manager – Certification and Licensing of The CEO Institute said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of the Future CEO program we launched in Qatar in partnership with QFBA in 2016. Our unique program provides a platform for experienced executives in the cohort to regularly engage through mentored-learning. A carefully-selected Chairman-Facilitator with professorial credentials and in-depth business experience, guides the cohort as they prepare for their role as tomorrow’s CEOs. Today we celebrate the successful culmination of our partnership with QFBA. Members of the program’s pioneer cohort are being awarded certification by The CEO Institute, the first global certification body for chief executives. We congratulate the awardees, and feel optimistic about the bright future for the organizations led by them across various business sectors in Qatar, with their increased awareness and knowledge on Qatar specific success factors.”

The Future CEO program features a blended model of facilitated and experiential learning in a supportive peer-to-peer environment. The program focuses on members presenting, discussing and solving real-world challenges and opportunities as they work to develop their firms, their careers and their own sense of ability and worth.