Posted on December 13, 2016

Sheikha Hanadi Nasser bin Khaled Al Thani engaged in conversation with a large group of students at the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) and shared her experience as a successful business person and female Qatari leader.

Sheikha Hanadi spoke about the challenges and triumphs of being a business leader, role model and mother. She focused on the importance of gender equality in the workforce and emphasized the leadership roles that all Qataris, both male and female, must embrace if the Qatar National Vision 2030 is to be achieved. She elaborated on the importance of cultivating entrepreneurship, innovation and diversification for long term prosperity. “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity,” said Sheikha Hanadi. “If you fail – and I have had as many failures as successes – you have to pick yourself up and start again, persistence leads to success.”

Deemed “One of the most powerful Arab Women” by Forbes Magazine, Sheikha Hanadi is Vice Chair of Nasser bin Khaled Al Thani and Sons Group, one of Qatar’s powerhouse companies. She is a champion of entrepreneurship and in that regard serves as Chair of the Board of INJAZ, a not-for-profit organization that promotes youth entrepreneurship. Sheikha Hanadi was the Founder of Qatar’s first asset management company, originally called the Qatar Ladies Investment Company, now called Amwal, which led to the UK Financial Times naming her one of the top 20 women in Global Banking and Finance. Sheikha Hanadi, who holds an Executive MBA from London Business School, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Qatar University, also spoke about the importance of education for personal and professional growth.

Dean of CNA-Q’s School of Business Studies, Mr. David King said, “We are so pleased that Sheikha Hanadi was able to speak with our students, considering her very busy business schedule. Each of the students thoroughly enjoyed hearing her wisdom, as a strong female leader. It is important that we make opportunities for our students to hear from role models, so they can see for themselves the success that can be attained through a quality education and hard work.” Sheikha Hanadi’s visit is part of a larger initiative at the College’s School of Business Studies aimed at enabling students to hear from successful business professionals who have helped build today’s Qatar, and to inspire students to assume future leadership roles themselves. Last year Mr. Yousuf Bin Jassem Al Darwish, Chairman of Al Darwish Unite Co., and Dr. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank, visited the campus for similar question-and-answer style conversations.