Posted on December 13, 2012

Fifteen HEC students (Grande Ecole and MBA) took part in the first edition of the Doha Goals, world’s premier platform for world leaders to create initiatives for global progress through sport. Founded under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, the forum took place between December 10th-12th 2012 in Aspire Doha, Qatar. 

Top stakeholders– CEOs, government officials, athletes, NGOs, federation heads, urban developers, coaches, managers, and medical experts– gathered to discuss how sport can have a positive impact on social and economic development.

More than 1000 participants, including athletic legends such as Carl Lewis, Ian Thorpe, Oscar Pistorius, Marc Spitz, François Pienaar, Jonathan Edwards, and Marie-José Pérec have participated in the debates and created a roadmap of initiatives capable of addressing issues such as the welfare of athletes, federation governance, sport as a tool for the education of youth, the integration of women and minorities through sport and cross-culture cooperation.

Doha Goals is passing the baton to the next generation of leaders with the launch of the Student Ambassadors Programme. The Forum hosted the 400 best students from the top high schools and universities around the world (40 institutions representing 30 countries) including HEC students. Each student was put forward by their principal or dean for consideration after displaying outstanding academic, athletic and leadership skills. They have also been asked to develop a proposal that will be submitted to a jury.

Among those presented by HEC students is a proposal that offers young people the chance to pursue higher education and a career in sport at the same time, whatever their financial means or social environment. Another discusses the creation of an e-community called ‘Sport Echoing’, setting up a social network to mobilize professional sportspeople and organizations.  Another suggests that we create micro-soccer clubs for children living in semi-rural areas in Africa.

Professor Bertrand Moingeon, Deputy Dean of HEC Paris, was also among the speakers at Doha Goals said: “HEC Paris is honored to be represented at Doha GOALS by its highly talented students. The forum is an ideal platform for them to be able to express their passion and commitment to sports.” He has also invited the students to take advantage of this great opportunity to discover a country for which the development plan and vision are a perfect illustration of the concept of strategic innovation.

Visit the Doha Goals’ site: http://www.dohagoals.com/en/home.

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