Posted on February 28, 2016

Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi- Minister of Finance of the State of Qatar, Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) held the graduation ceremony for its third Cohort of ‘Kawader’ program. “Kawader” program was initiated by QFCA and QFBA in 2013, aiming at enabling young Qataries to acquire skills and build competencies in cross-functional areas in the financial sector. This year, ‘Kawader’ Third cohort featured 32 young Qataris who have recently graduated and are eager to take on leadership roles in the country’s financial services sector

During the ceremony, His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, The Minister of Finance congratulated the students on their great accomplishment and encouraged the industry to continue supporting ‘Kawader’ as part of the industry’s responsibility towards developing Qatar’s human capital. From his part, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Horr, CEO of QFBA, said in a speech:  "We congratulate every graduate on the completion of Kawader Program. We also congratulate the industry for playing big role in sponsoring and hosting Kawader program this year”

He added: we ask everyone to get ready for the career excursion and work towards excellence". Every element of Kawader’s curricular modules is designed to develop and inspire advanced thinking and creative actions. Through Experiential Learning with local and international financial institutions, soft skills and personal development modules, and innovative training methods, QFBA’s capacity-building programs assert its role as a key player in supporting a modern, industrialized, knowledge-based economy”.

Since 2013, QFBA, in partnership with the Qatar Financial Center (QFC) Authority, has strategically invested massive resources to develop Qatar’s financial services industry through its Kawader training program. In 2015 the program evolved to become industry sponsored program. Kawader 2015 was mainly sponsors are: Qatar National Bank (QNB), Barwa Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ), Ahli Bank, Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB) International Bank of Qatar (IBQ), Khaleji Bank, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) Standard Chartered, and HSBC.

The innovative learning initiative encourages talented young Qataris to pursue a career in the financial sector by providing them with internationally-recognized certifications backed by a holistic development for each participant based on inculcating various skill sets and professional industry-led learning. The QFBA, which operates under the auspices of the QFC Authority, also delivers several certificate programs in conjunction with international awarding bodies such as the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIOB).