Posted on February 05, 2018

Marking the completion of yet another successful term of its renowned national development program, Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) recently held the graduation ceremony for the fifth cohort of the ‘Kawader’ program under the patronage of the Minister of Finance, His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi.

The ceremony saw the graduation of 32 outstanding young Qataris, bringing the total number of participants in ‘Kawader’ since its inception to 124 students, who have been primed to contribute effectively to the human capital development of the country’s financial services sector, the national economy’s progress, and to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030. HE the Minister of Finance praised the winning efforts of the program’s fifth cohort and highlighted the important role that acclaimed training programs like ‘Kawader’ play in the development of a high-caliber, human capital base that can help drive the growth of the entire industry on a national and regional level.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Mohammed Al Emadi, Acting CEO of QFBA, said: “It is my pleasure to congratulate our 32 graduates who represent the high-caliber talents that Qatar has to offer in the financial services arena. Having successfully completed the program’s curricular modules, which are designed to develop and inspire creative thinking and effective decision making, the employment-ready candidates can now join Kawader’s lineup of 124 graduates, who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to raising the bar of performance in the country’s emerging financial services sector. On behalf of QFBA, I would also like to personally thank the Minister of Finance, His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, and Qatar Financial Center Authority for their continuous support, as well as the world-class institutions that hosted our interns and enriched their learning. It is with such initiatives and capacity-building programs that QFBA reaffirms its role as a key player in supporting a modern, industrialized, knowledge-based economy. Once again, congratulations to our graduates and we wish you further growth and success in your careers.”

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In addition, Yousuf Mohammed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer of QFC Authority, said: “Kawader, with its unique and excellent training program, is one of the main sources to provide the financial services sector with young, talented Qatari professionals with the right set of skills and knowledge to go on to play important and vital roles in the economy. Graduates from previous cohorts are proving themselves in the jobs and positions they are occupying and are contributing to the sustainability and prosperity of Qatar’s economy, which indicates the success of the program in achieving its objectives.” He also added: “We are proud to support the Kawader program launched by QFBA. We look forward to further success and achievements by qualifying talented Qatari students to take a significant role in the revitalization, development and progress of our beloved Qatar and its economy and contribute to the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030 goals as well.”

Kawader is an exclusive and innovative learning initiative that consists of an intensive training program specially designed to equip every participant with practical skills and competencies in cross-functional areas in order to qualify them to become tomorrow’s business leaders and decision-makers in Qatar’s emerging financial services industry. Kawader differentiates itself by offering an intensive and holistic training program that combines academic learning with practical, on-the-job training under one course, offering students direct access to world-leading financial institutions and a collection of carefully-crafted, specialized courses backed by world-class professional accreditations that encompass several aspects of the financial sector, including certifications awarded by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Cambridge English and The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF).

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The program cultivates the knowledge, skills, experience and personalities of young Qatari graduates, preparing them for careers in the financial services sector and developing them into effective employees and leaders in the firms that they join after graduation. What makes Kawader graduates superior to their counterparts is their demonstration of voluntary commitment to intensive and demanding training through timely attendance, teamwork and independent work, while following the highest standards of work ethics and discipline, which takes place in the classroom as well as at renowned professional organizations where they gain real-life work experience.

By the time they graduate, participants command a unique skillset that covers leadership, management and personal development, as well as an in-depth understanding of local and international economic and financial services topics. This gives firms the chance to employ and leverage the skills of highly trained, high-caliber candidates who are equipped with the necessary tools for success. Applications for the next term of Kawader will open in March-April 2018 and the program is expected to run from September to December of the same year.