Posted on March 04, 2015

Addressing the topic of “How an international investor can contribute to the Qatar National Vision 2030,” Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) launched its Executive Majlis series recently gathering senior executives from across industry sectors to engage in dialogue on this issue of critical importance to their principal interests and the future of Qatar.

Delivering the inaugural keynote, Mr. Rob Sherwin (pictured), General Manager Corporate Affairs and Deputy Country Chairman at Qatar Shell, presented on the exemplary role that Qatar Shell has played as the largest international investor in Qatar and its commitment to supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030 in each of its four pillars.

“Georgetown University in Qatar’s Executive Majlis is a valuable forum in which current and future leaders can share perspectives on topics relevant to Qatar’s development, and Qatar Shell is always keen to support such university outreach initiatives. Qatar Shell’s approach to Corporate Social Responsibility is all about building sustainable partnerships that have a measurable impact towards the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030 particularly in the field of human development,” said Mr. Sherwin.

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Mr. Sherwin then went on to facilitate an interactive discussion on how other organizations also demonstrate their commitment to the Qatar National Vision 2030 in effective and meaningful ways. Senior executives from Boeing, the British Council, Commercial Bank, Green Gulf, Doha Bank, Mashreq Bank, Qatar Central Bank, Squire Patton Boggs and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as members of the GU-Q faculty and staff also took part in the forum.

GU-Q’s Executive Majlis was created to bring together senior leaders from across the broad spectrum of Qatari society to engage in open discussion on some of the important current issues being faced by the country. We see our primary role as the facilitator of this discussion and will work closely with our invited senior leaders to ensure experts on the important topics the group want to discuss are identified and invited to stimulate the discussion in a relaxed and convivial environment. In doing all of this, we hope to build stronger cross-sector relationships between those attending and serve as a connector between the academic, business and governmental sectors,” noted Jonathan Cartmell, GU-Q Executive Director of Outreach and Business Development.

GU-Q’s Executive Majlis series will continue in April and feature Vodafone CEO, Kyle Whitehall, who will engage the group in discussion on localizing international brands and engaging with audiences in Qatar. Future topics under consideration include Human Capital Reform, Commercial Sector Reform, and Regional Security.