Posted on April 18, 2020

Students in Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Executive Master’s in Leadership – Qatar (EML-Q) recently concluded their annual weeklong residency at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (pictured), but in a new way, as all of its modules and meetings were offered through the Internet.

Based on the need for careful compliance with the government’s health and safety measures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-standing academic partners collaborated closely in order to deliver the Washington experience completely through online tools. They created a unique schedule that facilitated digital conference calls between the students in Qatar and the professors, experts, and leaders in the U.S., in a concerted effort to protect the health of all parties involved while continuing the tradition of high quality leadership education.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business faculty connected students with political leaders, including the U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, who answered QLC students’  questions and offered insights forged from his experience as a senior government official.  The School also facilitated a meeting with Jim Moran, former U.S. congressman and current senior policy advisor at Nelson Mullins, who shared his perspectives on legislative priorities for the current US Congress. “The chance to meet and learn from important figures in American politics, even through digital conference calls, gave us an incredible opportunity,” said Mohammed Ali Kareeb, an EML-Q student. “Their experience in one of the world’s most powerful economies offered valuable lessons for my fellow students and me, as we consider ways to contribute to Qatar’s economic growth.”

The agenda featured panels of experts in healthcare, foreign policy, education, trade, energy, finance, and education, a range of subjects reflecting interests of QLC students working in Qatar’s government, public institutions, and the private sector. Faculty from the McDonough School used online tools to consider leadership’s role in areas such as shaping strategy, international trade, and emerging technologies at work, as well as diversity and inclusion. Simulations were featured, along with consideration of changing factors affecting capitalism, and the importance of U.S. elections in 2020.

QLC and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business jointly developed the EML-Q degree, which is a nine-month program offered for qualified alumni from one of the Centre’s three National Leadership Programs.