Posted on March 11, 2015

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) was, on Tuesday evening, awarded the Qatar Projects Leadership Award 2015 at the annual MEED Qatar Projects Conference. Every year, the award is presented to an organisation that has made a lasting contribution to economic and social development of Qatar. This year, Engineer Jassim Telefat, Group Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and Facilities Management, accepted the award on behalf of Qatar Foundation during the gala dinner in the presence of an esteemed gathering.

The MEED Qatar Projects Conference is a two-day event that brings together government representatives, key project owners, developers, consultants and financiers in the sector to address the evolving challenges of Qatar’s project delivery market and highlight future project opportunities, strategic priorities and master plans. Engineer Jassim Telefat said: “This year's MEED conference coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, created to support Qatar on its transformation from a carbon to knowledge-based economy through the unlocking of human potential in the areas of education, science and research, and community development.

“This has been achieved through a wide range of institutions, centres, and initiatives designed to encourage creativity and innovation, while promoting science and research and sustainability. Therefore, QF is preparing the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers to confidently and successfully lead the future, armed with modern science, relevant skills and cutting-edge technologies.” He added: “It is through QF’s complete educational cycle, which covers all levels and encourages a culture of science and research from an early age, that young men and women are able to contribute to tangible solutions that will benefit the whole community.”

Qatar Foundation is dedicated and committed to supporting the nation and its people through intensive educational and research and development pillars. QF’s educational cycle covering all levels from the age of six months to higher education, has so far resulted in the graduation of more than 2,500 students from QF member Hamad Bin Khalifa University and partner universities within Education City. These talented graduates have since joined the local labour market, utilising the very best skills and expertise. In addition, the Research & Development pillar of QF has provided a solid path in which young people can unlock their research capabilities. The acquired advisory and expertise skills help them from conceiving ideas through to the implementation into practical commercial projects that serve the country and the community.

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Qatari society directly benefit from the higher education and research cycles presented by QF through a number of different centres and institutes. Ultimately, by nurturing the Qatari community contributes to the support, well-being and growth of Qatar and beyond. Edmund O'Sullivan, the Chairman of MEED, commented on the award, saying: “This year, MEED decided that the leadership award should be presented to Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development for its inspiring and ground-breaking initiatives in a wide range of areas including education, healthcare, culture, science, scientific research and the environment in Qatar, the wider Middle East, and the world beyond.

“These range from the remarkable and successful Qatar Science & Technology Park, a global hub for learning, research and healthcare, to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. MEED is delighted that Qatar Foundation agreed to accept this award, which expresses the gratitude and appreciation of MEED and MEED’s many customers for the Foundation’s work and achievements,” O’Sullivan concluded. Furthermore, alongside Engineer Jassim Telefat, who also presented a key-note speech on the opening day of the conference, additional members of Qatar Foundation spoke at the event. Dr Mahmoud Ali Darwish, Principal Investigator at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, presented a Solar Desalination Case Study, while Dr Alex Amato, Director of Sustainability at Qatar Green Building Council, discussed the environment and sustainability.

The MEED Qatar Projects Conference was organised in partnership with Ashghal and in association with the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD).