Posted on March 06, 2014

The Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA), sponsored by QLC and Qatar Shell, launched its fifth program in Doha in the presence of over 40 participants from the government and private sectors. For a period of 10 days, participants will share ideas and best practices for personal and professional development. 

The event started with a workshop, titled “Leaders Developing Leaders,” held Monday morning at the Ritz Carlton Doha and hosted by H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Board Member and Managing Director of Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC), and Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell. The workshop was attended by a large number of senior officials of Qatari institutions and companies.

QLC is an initiative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani which identifies and nurtures the leadership skills of Qataris in order to advance the achievement of national goals aimed at 2030 and beyond.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Al-Thani and Mr. Sawan spoke about their experience in identifying potential leaders, building leadership values and creating corporate structures to encourage the cultivation of young professionals.  Afterwards, the attendees and participants showed a high level of engagement with the speakers.

“Encouraging dialogue, debate and knowledge transfer among the best minds in Qatar and the region is vital for leadership development,” noted Dr. Al-Thani. “The ‘Leaders Developing Leaders’ seminar leverages our combined expertise for the overall benefit of our societies and economies. MELA will show what can be accomplished when organizations collaborate to provide opportunities for talented professionals to refine their skills.”

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“The State of Qatar continues to make enormous strides in its development outlined by Qatar National Vision 2030. It is an honor for Qatar Shell to be a contributing partner in this journey to help realize the aspirations of Qataris through initiatives and alliances with institutions across the country,” said Mr. Sawan. 

Dr. Al-Thani urged attendees to focus on identifying and encouraging future leaders, and on providing them with the necessary resources to succeed. Mr. Sawan recounted examples of the partnerships Shell has forged in Qatar and suggested this model be emulated across the region. Both Dr. Al-Thani and Mr. Wael Sawan stressed the importance of building human resources through education, enrichment of experiences, and career opportunities.

“MELA is developing promising leaders within the private and public sectors in the Middle East to elevate the quality of life of the people of the region,” remarked Michael Kouly, President of MELA. “Working with QLC and Qatar Shell comes naturally because of our shared passion and aspirations to spread noble concepts of leadership.”

MELA, scheduled for March 6th – 16th, brings together 40 accomplished executives from the Arab world for a program designed to enhance their leadership and decision-making capabilities.