Posted on November 29, 2016

QNB Capital, the investment banking division of QNB Group, the leading financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, recently hosted participants of Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Government Leaders Program. During the visit, they learned more about how QNB Capital contributes to Qatar’s economic development by helping companies thrive and invest in the local and international market.

The QLC Government Leaders met with senior officials from QNB Capital, including the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of the firm. In multiple sessions, they discussed various topics, such as equity and debt as well as mergers and acquisitions and listings. This visit focused on the importance of the financial sector in contributing to economic development, one of the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. “Constant engagement across industries has the cumulative effect of enhancing the leadership skills of our participants,” noted H.E. Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of QLC. “The financial sphere is one of the keys to economic diversification and the continued successful growth of Qatar. QNB Capital enhances our participants’ understanding of investment banking and its critical contribution to our country’s goals.”

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QNB Capital, as the investment arm of QNB Group, specializes in providing advisory services to clients on mergers and acquisitions; capital markets transactions like listings; private and public offerings; owner’s equities; debt capital including bonds; raising capital for infrastructure projects or government strategic assets and providing strategic consulting including restructuring, recapitalization and optimizing the management of companies. The high-level visit is part of QLC’s practical curriculum, which aims to expose participants to prominent Qatari and international institutions that are known for excellence in their respective fields. QLC’s Government Leaders are Qataris who hold leading positions in the public and semi-governmental sectors.

“As professionals in the government and semi-government sectors, we have an obligation to maintain and increase prosperity for our country,” remarked Noora Alkahtani, HR Consultant at ExxonMobil Qatar. “Deepening our knowledge of investment banking and the financial sector will help us approach our work with a more enlightened point of view. The participants benefit tremendously from QLC’s well-rounded leadership development program because it combines theoretical learning with practical experiences like this one.”

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Participants learned how QNB Capital helps set the foundation for a reliable and sustainable business environment, which is a crucial element for economic growth. Government Leaders discussed the financial context oflocal and international projects that generate important revenue across sectors. “The visit to QNB Capital was fruitful, and featured very useful engagement with officials from QNB Capital and QNB,” noted Wasam Mohamed Alhajri, Head of Procurement Department at Aspire Zone. “Today’s event was a wonderful opportunity to learn how leading Qatari institutions that work both locally and globally are managed. QLC’s curriculum as a whole has added significant value to my professional and personal life.

“As a Government Leaders participant I am committed to help achieve our country’s goals. To be able to do so, I am keen to broaden my horizon and approach policy making and good governance from different perspectives,” said Nour Khalifah Al Maslmani, Senior Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The visit to QNB Capital was important in reminding us of the key role that investment plays in diversifying the country’s sources of wealth.”