Posted on December 09, 2017

HEC Paris, one of the world’s leading providers of executive education, has honored the HEC Paris Executive MBA (EMBA) and Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM) graduating classes of 2017 during a ceremony held at the St. Regis Hotel. This year’s graduating class is the largest since HEC Paris’ inception in Qatar, a testament to the quality and impact of its programs.

Dr. Nils Plambeck, Dean and CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar and Prof. Nathalie Lugagne, Associate Dean of Executive Education at HEC Paris, were amongst the speakers who praised the graduates at the grand ceremony, which was emceed by Hisham Nourin, Business Enhancement & Projects Director at Qatar Foundation and HEC Paris alumnus from the EMBA Class of 2016. His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister for Municipality and Environment of the State of Qatar and Engineer Abdulla Hassan Al-Mehshadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties, and an HEC Paris alumnus, attended the ceremony.

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Among the 139 graduates for 2017, which included 45 participants from the sixth cohort of HEC Paris EMBA, and 94 from the fourth and fifth cohorts of SBUM, were Ilham Al Qaradawi, Professor of Physics at Qatar University and one of the 50 most influential people in the State of Qatar. Other graduates included Mohammed Al Kuwari, Sports TV Presenter and Executive Director of Qatar Charity, Layla Al Dorani, Founder of Raw ME and winner of Al Fikra Qatar’s National Business Plan Competition 2012 and Deepak Kaura, Executive Chair - Foundation Medical Services, Sidra Medical and Research Center.

More than half of the 2017 EMBA graduates are Qataris, with 22 from a range of 15 different nationalities: American, Australian, Bahraini, British, Canadian, French, Indian, Irish, Lebanese, Palestinian, Sudanese, Tunisian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Yemeni. Twenty per cent of the EMBA graduates for 2017 are women. Both SBUM cohorts have nearly gender equality, an indication HEC Paris is particularly proud of. A total of 84 per cent of graduates from both SBUM cohorts are Qatari. This year’s pool of honoured graduates also included American, Canadian, Egyptian, Filipino, Greek, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Nigerian, Venezuelan and Yemeni nationals. 

Welcoming the Classes of 2017, Dr. Nils Plambeck, Dean & CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar, said: “On behalf of HEC Paris in Qatar I would like to congratulate our graduates. The diverse range of sectors our participants come from reinforces the enduring appeal of our programs and reputation of HEC Paris. Having had the great pleasure of personally teaching many of them, it was uplifting to see that the calibre of the participants was very high, as always. This enabled HEC Paris to combine globally renowned executive education with a stimulating learning environment.”

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“I am confident that our comprehensive management programs will have elevated the business acumen of our graduates with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to not only advance their individual careers, but also provide a greater contribution to their organization and society in general,” added Dr Plambeck. “They are now better equipped to further advance their successful careers, whether as senior figures within their organizations, or as entrepreneurs taking advantage of expanding business opportunities, and helping to further diversify Qatar's economy. I wish them all the very best and we look forward to continuing to engage and work with them, as we do with all the alumni of HEC Paris.”

In addition to the graduation ceremony, the event included an awards ceremony honoring EMBA and SBUM participants for their work. The award for the Best Capstone Project for the EMBA Class of 2017 was presented to Hamad Al Hajri, Khalid Al Tamimi, Mohammed Al Kuwari, and Saud Al Attiya for their project entitled “MSHWAR”. The award for the Best Thesis for SBUM 2017 Cohort 1 was received by Fatma Ahmad Al Bishri. Best Thesis Award for SBUM 2017 Cohort 2 was awarded to Sara Khamis Al Khelaifi.

Since joining Qatar Foundation in 2010, HEC Paris has graduated 473 participants in Qatar, of whom 243 participated in the EMBA program and 230 in the SBUM program.