Posted on September 15, 2019

Building on its mission of supplementing leadership capabilities of Qatari leaders, Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) welcomed its second batch of participants in the prestigious Executive Master’s in Leadership-Qatar (EML-Q) program in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Board Member and Managing Director of QLC.

The program designed in partnership with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C. who joined the ceremony both in person and via video link from Washington, D.C. The select group of 28 participants - 18 male and 10 female students - are all alumni from the Centre’s National Leadership Programs. A joint committee made of members from QLC and the McDonough School of Business chose candidates who demonstrated academic excellence in their studies and possessed a commitment to boosting their leadership skills and their personal development.

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“Under the leadership of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the EML-Q program saw great success in its first year, highlighting the incredible demand for this kind of specialized leadership education in Qatar. It is an unparalleled opportunity for leaders in top-tier organizations in the country to bolster their leadership capabilities through a world-class curriculum,” said Dr. Ali J. Al Kubaisi, Acting Managing Director at QLC. “This program is the result of a harmonious partnership with a like-minded purveyor of leadership development knowledge in Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  and the Centre’s tireless efforts to realize Qatar’s goals for human development through specially-designed programs.”

Started in 2018, the EML-Q program will see participants attend eight training courses in Qatar and a week-long residency at Georgetown University’s campus in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to visit prestigious governmental and private institutions in addition to meeting influential American figures from the political and economic fields. The curriculum enhances participants’ ability to steer their organizations through political, societal, and economic change, while also emphasizing the skills needed to guide teams, collaborate with partners, and negotiate with outside parties at both the local and international level.

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Upon completion of the program and satisfaction of all degree requirements, participants will be awarded the Executive Master’s in Leadership degree conferred by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  and will benefit from membership of the university’s growing global network of more than 185,000 alumni. Additional benefits include exclusive access to the university’s professional alliances with over 50 regional alumni clubs across 6 continents. Past and future alumni of the Centre’s National Leadership Programs are all eligibly to apply to the program and add to their growing portfolio of leadership skills, allowing them to uniquely contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030 and human development in the country.

To learn more about QLC, and to apply to one of the Centre’s three National Leadership Programs, visit