Posted on March 12, 2016

Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) Welcomed new classes of participants for an interactive orientation program, from March 6-10 at its Al Bidda Tower Headquarters. The event provided the Qatari professionals entering its Executive, Rising and Government Leaders Programs with an opportunity to deepen their insight into the objectives of QLC, along with the diverse elements of the QLC learning experience, while featuring a number of team-building exercises designed to support the group.

H.E. Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani (pictured), QLC’s Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors, noted, “I am pleased that the new participants admitted to Qatar Leadership Centre continue the tradition of excellence established by their predecessors and reflect the same determination to contribute to Qatar’s national development, and to apply what they learn to their own professional lives.”   Growing interest in QLC programs “reflects a strong desire among Qatari men and women to support the national vision,” remarked Dr. Abdulla, expressing his confidence “that the participants will take full advantage of the opportunities the QLC program offers them—to learn, to grow and to share with their colleagues and friends what they have learned.”

The QLC Orientation featured a number of team-building exercises for participants to learn about their peers, and form the Personal bonds and professional networks that will benefit them both during their time at QLC and after they have completed the program. The activities involved a wide range of team-oriented activities, whose mastery requires group planning and effort within a limited time frame. Activities throughout the event centered on enhancing skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and management, which will prove to be beneficial for the participant’s leadership development. In addition to engaging group activities, the five-day event included a number of sessions on the program objectives as well as the different components of each program.

The newly admitted 120 Qatari professionals to QLC programs will contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030 and will continue applying their expertise to facilitate Qatar’s ongoing transition toward a knowledge-based economy. “As Qatari professionals who are contributing to the development of Qatar across a wide range of professions, we should consider enhancing our capabilities a responsibility,” noted Dr. Khalid Abdulla Al-Yafei, Senior Consultant at Hamad Medical Corporation and participant in the Executive Leaders Program. “QLC is known for its excellent programs, with a focus on critical and creative thinking. I strongly believe this will enable all participants to get to the heart of any issue, regardless of field. For me, personally, participating in the program will prove invaluable for my work in the healthcare sector.”

Maryam Ibrahim Al Sadah, a participant in the Government Leaders Program who works at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, observed: “The added value and knowledge QLC conveys will encourage me to enhance my capabilities in policy-making and communications, both integral to my work. By engaging with my fellow peers from a wide range of sectors and organizations, I will also have the opportunity to discover and share valuable insights, along with best practices.” Faisal Al-Sulaiti, Head of Production Technology at Qatar Petroleum and participant in the Rising Leaders Program, remarked: “The lessons we take from QLC will be invaluable in our professional and personal lives, enabling us to contribute to the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.” 

During their time at QLC participants attend a variety of modules and policy seminars held over the course of a year. QLC’s world-class modules are offered in collaboration with leading institutions, such as Harvard University, the University of Cambridge Executive Education, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Duke Corporate Education and HEC Paris. The extensive expertise of participants, who hold positions in government, healthcare, finance, education, the military, and tourism, serves as a valuable resource to the entire cohort, and complements the insights conveyed by QLC. Founded by Amiri Decree in 2008, QLC continues to attract accomplished Qatari professionals from across sectors and organizations, driven to excel in their careers, and further advance the development goals of Qatar.