QFBA celebrates the Certification of the 1st Future CEO program cohort of senior Qatari executives

by The CEO Institute |

DOHA - QATAR (23 January 2018): The Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) organized a congratulatory event for the first cohort of Senior Qatari Executives in its pioneering Future CEO program. The event was attended by HE Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, Deputy Governor of Qatar Central Bank, Mr. Nasser Al-Shaibi, CEO Qatar Financial Markets Authority, and senior executives from across diverse organizations and institutions in Qatar. The event was held at the Marriott Marquis City Center on Sunday 21st January 2018.

QFBA, with the support of the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFCA), launched the Future CEO program in October 2016 and the program ran till January 2018 - more than 15 months. The program offered a promising experience for senior Qatari executives from varying business functions, such as Finance, Corporate planning, Operations, Administration, etc., grooming them towards the strategic functions of being a CEO in any industry. It focused on developing business success factors that are Qatar specific via exploration of the unique strengths and challenges faced by institutions in Qatar. Several best practices across various industries were shared and discussed, spanning aspects related to marketing and business strategy, managing change, blockade induced challenges to even the mapping of informal networks.

Commenting on the occasion, HE Sheikh Fahad Bin Faisal Al Thani, Chairman of QFBA, said:

"Qatar's unique developmental situation in all areas requires its equivalent of qualified and specifically trained business leaders to keep abreast of the pace of economic activity in the country. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on investing in the nation's human resources and preparing them to suit the requirements of this era and the phase that the region is currently going through. We are delighted to participate in this exciting event and witness a number of Senior Qatari executives achieve this prestigious international certification. Today, they are receiving a world-class certificate that is a testament to their breadth of knowledge gained that will lead to greater service of their community and nation, and ultimately to achieving sustainable economic prosperity and social welfare in Qatar. I would like to thank QFBA for launching this impactful international program with the support of the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFCA), and congratulations to the cohort - wish them much progress and success."

For his part, Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Emadi, Acting CEO of QFBA, said:

"We are proud to see one of the objectives of QFBA become a reality through the certification of a distinguished group of Senior Qatari Executives who have further developed their  strategic thinking skills via program sessions spanning 15 months. The Senior Qatari executives have largely benefited from their group - sharing a variety of aspects of strategic importance in companies in Qatar. At QFBA, we will continue to develop human capital in Qatar and equip it with knowledge and skills to be able to lead the country's economic future and achieve sustainable prosperity, thereby contributing to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030."

Meanwhile, Mr. Yousef Mohammed Al Jaidah, CEO of QFCA, said:

"After witnessing the launch of the Future CEO program last year, we are delighted to see the efforts of the Academy become a reality as we are celebrating the first group of future CEOs receiving certification. This program represents an important step on the way to groom the high potential executives allowing future CEOs to boost their capacities and hone their skills so that they can improve the performance of companies and institutions they work for. The Future CEO program contributes to the building of a new generation of senior executives who have the knowledge, experience and local network necessary to drive progress and development in the growing business sector in Qatar. Congratulations to the cohort and here's to their further success and achievement."

Esme Alfred, Global Manager - Certification of The CEO Institute  said:

"We are very pleased with the outcome of the Future CEO program we launched in Qatar in partnership with QFBA in 2016. Our unique program provides a platform for experienced Executives in the cohort to regularly engage through mentored-learning. A carefully-selected Chairman-Facilitator with professorial credentials and in-depth business experience guides the cohort as they prepare for their role as tomorrow's CEOs. Today we celebrate the successful culmination of our partnership with QFBA. Members of the program's pioneer cohort are being awarded certification by The CEO Institute, the first global certification body for chief executives. We congratulate the awardees, and feel optimistic about the bright future for the organisations led by them across various business sectors in Qatar, with their increased awareness and knowledge on Qatari specific success factors!”

The Future CEO program features a blended model of facilitated and experiential learning in a supportive peer-to-peer environment. The program focuses on members presenting, discussing and solving real-world challenges and opportunities as they work to develop their firms, their careers and their own sense of ability and worth.

About The CEO Institute Pty Limited

The CEO Institute was founded in 1992 and is Australia's leading membership organisation for CEOs and senior executives with over 1,000 members. It provides a forum for members to connect and share their learning. In 1992, the first meeting of The CEO Syndicate was held in Melbourne and now also operates in Adelaide (est. 1996), Sydney and Brisbane (1997), Perth (2007) and Auckland, New Zealand (2015). In 2011, The CEO Institute became the world's first global certification body for CEOs. The Future CEO program was launched in May 2012 and in 2014, programs were offered globally. In 2013, The CEO Institute partnered with UNESCO, supporting the "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education". The IIDM website (fully-owned and managed by The CEO Institute) was launched in 2000. 



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