August 2021

HEC Paris in Qatar partners with QFCA to develop talent

HEC Paris in Qatar has entered into a corporate partnership with Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) to support the creation of a vibrant and efficient business ecosystem in Qatar. 

The two entities have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will see HEC Paris in Qatar share its expertise and initiate activities to support QFCA’s development strategy including masterclasses, round table discussions and webinars and leadership development initiatives. The leading business school will also look to showcase its thought leadership through research and publications focused on topics aligned to QFCA’s areas of influence. 

The MoU will also allow HEC Paris to offer preferential tuition fees for employees under QFCA enrolled in its degree programmes in Qatar including its Executive MBA and its Specialised Master in Strategic Business Unit Management.

Dr Pablo Martin de Holan, dean of HEC Paris in Qatar, said: “We are proud to develop high potential men and women who will benefit from HEC Paris’ rich and diverse learning environment, helping them be more effective in their roles throughout their careers. This MoU demonstrates our commitment to support Qatar´s development in line with Vision 2030, to create a knowledge-based economy and develop the leaders of tomorrow. The partnership with QFCA emphasises their trust in our leadership development programmes, and demonstrates our desire to collaborate with firms and organisations similarly committed to the development of leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.” 

Nasser al-Taweel, deputy CEO, chief legal officer and board secretary of QFCA, said: “This MoU demonstrates QFCA’s commitment to investing in the development of local talent, recognising that human capital is one of the most important assets of Qatar and a necessary foundation in supporting the advancement of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the development of a knowledge-based economy." 

We are grateful for the vote of confidence these major organisations are placing in HEC Paris in Qatar by entrusting us to help train and develop their mid and senior-level executives to deliver impact, excellence and relevance. These are organisations that are at the heart of regional and economic transformation and are developing socially aware business talent, managers and leaders who can meet current and future societal and environmental challenges,” said Joshua Kobb, executive director, Partnerships & Growth for HEC Paris in Qatar.

Sarah al-Dorani, chief communications officer of QFCA, added: “Continuous learning and development is at the core of QFCA’s mandate in upskilling our employees as well as members of the wider business landscape in Qatar. Our partnership with HEC Paris will advance our mission to train future business leaders and professionals who will effectively advance Qatar’s economic diversification programme, which QFCA fully supports.”

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