Posted on June 22, 2014

HEC Paris – the region’s leader for Executive Education, offering a complete portfolio of management programs including the first ever international Executive MBA (EMBA) in Qatar – has initiated the first of two modules which make up the Energy Major part of the HEC Paris EMBA program.

The first module took place 18-22 May 2014 at the HEC Paris’ premises in the heart of Doha’s business district. The second module, to complete the Major, will take place in Paris in October 2014. The increasingly international pull of HEC Paris’ activities in Qatar is evidenced by the diversity of the 34 participants taking part in the Energy Major with no less than 16 countries represented including: Qatar, France, Russia, Tunisia, India, Congo, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon and the Ivory Coast.

The Energy Major is one of eight majors that HEC Paris Executive MBA participants can select. The other seven are: Luxury, Services, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Aerospace & Aviation, Global Business Perspectives, Digital & Telecom Businesses, and Reinventing Business for Emerging Markets. For those opting not to take the entire HEC Paris Executive MBA program, an Advanced Certificate in Energy may also be taken separately. The Energy Major was taught by HEC Paris’ acclaimed faculty including Professors Jean-Michel Gauthier, Andrea Massini , Joseph Nehme  and Jean-Pierre Halleman. Between them, they took the participants through a series of lectures, workshops, presentations, panel discussions and guest lectures.

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The introduction to the program was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Doha’s West Bay area on 17 May. The opening speech was given by Professor Laoucine Kerbache, Chief Executive Officer and Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar. Managing Director of Total E&P in Qatar, Mr. Guillaume Chalmin, gave a keynote address during the module. Participants also attended a panel discussion between EMBA participants, HEC Paris alumni and faculty on The Energy Revolutions Under Way.

On the final day of the Qatar-based Energy Major module, participants visited Ras Laffan. The site visit was organised by QatarGas and was followed by a discussion on Understanding and Managing Operations in the Oil & Gas Sector. Professor Kerbache commented, “We are committed, as an internationally-recognised leading business school to providing world-class executive education. The EMBA is our flagship program and with good reason, as it is developing the business leaders of tomorrow here in Qatar. We’re certainly in the right location to offer the Energy Major, which has proven to be a popular and hugely important option with our participants.” “Overall, the goal is to continue to unlock our participants’ talents, and surpass individual and organizational expectations through our globally top-ranked executive education programs,” he added.

The influential UK-based Financial Times media group has just ranked HEC Paris as number one in the world for Executive Education in 2014.