Posted on April 18, 2016

Launch, a series of learning events for Qatari Nationals that focuses on developing the country’s future and existing leaders, has announced a number of inspirational speakers including Naufar and previously Qatar Airways. The high profile speakers will be sharing their insights and personal experiences to create an unforgettable experience at the upcoming Launch Conference to be held on April 26-28, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Doha in Qatar.

The third Launch Conference will centre on the theme, Change and Innovation, as Launch delegates will be inspired by the crossroads that create change as well as the endless possibilities to create and sustain innovation and change within their organisations. Organisations, teams and individuals in Qatar are constantly adjusting to change, and this creates opportunities for innovation and optimisation within the workplace. Launch will continue to support organisational initiatives and people in terms of these continued changes and develop innovative mindsets to seek positive change and appreciate enquiry.  The three day learning event will include high profile speakers complemented with workshops to support change and innovation, as well as dynamic learning activities that will contribute to the achievement of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

High profile speakers from Blue 2 [].jpgSpeakers for Launch have all been carefully selected to impart their knowledge, as well as to provide industry insight and business understanding to the delegates attending the conference. These include H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ghanim Al-Maadheed, Chairman of Naufar, who will be joined by Dr. Kholode Al Obaidli, ex Vice-President of Nationalisation at Qatar Airways. Also, speaking during the Launch Conference will be Sharoq Al Malki of Commercial Bank Qatar; Jeffrey Asselstine, Managing Director at Nelsonpark Property; Mohammed Al Hayder of Takallam; Dr Roger Vreugdenhill of MWH Global; Hilary Rowe of RasGas; Layla Saad, women’s leadership and business coach; and Elizabeth Fleming (pictured right), Founder and CEO of Launch rounding out the list of distinguished speakers.

Dr. Kholode Al Obaidli, ex Vice-President of Nationalisation at Qatar Airways, said: "The theme of this conference is ‘Change and Innovation.  But is the theme of the conference easier said than done? And, if so, how does change, or even innovation come about? What are the catalytic forces that drive change and how do we measure the results? It is my hope that we can engage in stimulating discussions on the merits of change and those attendant innovations that impact Qatar society". H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Ghanim Al-Maadheed (pictured left)​, Chairman of Naufar, shared his insight ahead of the third Launch conference, saying: “The only change that matters is that within and motivation must be based on knowledge.  Then, you can dream how to lead globally.”

Launch facilitates the professional development of Qatari Nationals by equipping them with professional knowledge and skills, as well as cultivating responsibility, ambition and ownership for their personal career development. During April’s Launch Conference, all delegates will have the opportunity to explore elements of change management practices, gain insight into innovation tools and techniques, as well as explore critical thinking skills to develop innovation in the workplace. Further, delegates will develop a deeper understanding of both personal and professional change techniques and to effectively embed change within groups and teams.

Ms. Fleming, Founder of Launch who has over 20 years of practical HR experience along with a wealth of knowledge on Qatarisation as a business strategy and turning high level strategy into operational delivery, said ahead of the third Launch conference: “We are very fortunate to bring to our delegates such an outstanding calibre of speakers, most of which are Qatari Nationals, who have all achieved success in their respective fields. Launch has thoughtfully blended together speakers, workshop facilitators, a programme and learning experiences, that we feel will enhance our delegates and support their long-term change and professional development.” 

Launch was founded by Elizabeth Fleming and co-founded by Isra Al Jefairi, due to their unwavering passion to establish an effective platform for the professional growth of Qatari Nationals to network and benefit from the expertise of leading industry experts. The second conference held in December 2015 saw more than 70 Qatari professionals from a range of leading Qatari-based companies, including Ooredoo, Commercial Bank, Katara Hospitality, Qatar University, QBIC, Dolphin Energy, RasGas, Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA), Qatari Diar, Qatar Airways and QD and CC, all participate in this highly engaging event.  

To secure your attendance at the third Launch conference held in April 2016, please register and book online at:, alternatively you can email: or call: +974 4451 6677, as seats are expected to fill quickly.