By Gulf Times
The Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) recently organised a congratulatory event for the first cohort of senior Qatari executives in its pioneering ‘Future CEO’ (FCEO) programme.
The FCEO pioneering cohort includes C level executives representing different companies in various sectors in Qatar such as Qatar Petroleum, QInvest, and Qatar University.
The event was attended by QFBA deputy chairman Nasser Ahmed al-Shaibi and Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) CEO Yousuf Mohamed al-Jaida.
QFBA, with the support of the QFCA, launched the FCEO programme in October 2016 and the duration is for more than 15 months. The programme offered a promising experience for senior Qatari executives from varying business functions, such as finance, corporate planning, operations, and administration, among others, 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, and blockade-induced challenges to even the mapping of informal networks.
Al-Shaibi 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 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 programme with the support of the QFCA, and congratulations to the cohort; I wish them much progress and success.”
Acting QFBA CEO Dr Mohamed Abdullah al-Emadi 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 programme 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 realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Al-Jaida said: “This unique programme is another step in elevating and enhancing our nation’s human capital. The skills picked up by the participants, as well as the training and education they have received through the Future CEO programme will positively reflect on their respective institutions and pave the way to them attaining the highest of positions in the future.
“The programme is creating a new generation of senior executives who have the knowledge and the expertise to drive progress and development in the country’s growing business.”