QFBA Spins Off “Coffee with CEO” Series to Inspire Youngsters

Wednesday, September 25, 2018

Doha, Qatar -- Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) proudly announces the launch of “Coffee with CEO” series for the 2018 Cohort of KAWADER. The first session was held with Mr Fahad Abdullah Al Khalifa, GCEO of al khaliji Bank who is an inspirational leadership figure.


Al Khalifa shared his invaluable life and career lessons, providing the KAWADER members with unparalleled inspiration and guidance on their ambitious path.


The event series is intended to engage leadership figures in the financial services sector in Qatar with KAWADER young motivated members in a casual setting where the CEOs share professional insights and wisdom with them. The KAWADER program was kicked off on September 2 and will continue until February 2019.


On the launch of this series, Dr Khalid Al Horr, Chief Executive Officer, QFBA, said:

            “The intent of launching “Coffee with CEO” series has been to empower the future generations to imbibe best practices early in their professional careers from none other than the pioneers in this sector. As you are aware that KAWADER has always taken an innovative route to enhance students’ strategic thinking and prepare them towards taking the best decisions in challenging times. We are extremely proud that an exemplary leader like Mr Fahad Abdullah Al Khalifa, GCEO of al khaliji Bank, has kick started this series with his engaging and powerful practical experiences. Our students have greatly benefitted out of it and the sessions planned in the future are also geared to offer insights into the financial sector’s changing dynamics.”


On speaking to participants, Mr Fahad Abdulla Al Khalifa, GCEO, Al khaliji Bank, said:

“Qatar deserves the best from its citizens and its future will be shaped by the capabilities, values and loyalty of its youth.  I am certain the country, and the financial services industry, will be well-served by these talented individuals. I wish them the very best of luck in their future careers.”


KAWADER is a quality Qatarization program, an innovative learning initiative that is specially designed for grooming high potential young Qataris towards the financial services industry. It aims to equip talented fresh graduates and young professionals, with practical skills and competencies required in the Qatari financial services sector. KAWADER program includes Financial Services relevant training based on global standards, which come as a result of the financial industry efforts to invest in the next generation of leaders in the Qatari Financial Sector.


QFBA has designed this program in collaboration with Qatar Financial Center, to train fresh Qatari graduates and young Qatari professionals in the early stage of their career towards accredited certifications to fast track their career progression and fuel their leadership development. Via its simulation and work experience modules, KAWADER focuses on practical aspects along with imparting theoretical knowledge. It also focuses on evolving market demands, thus providing the Qatari Financial Services sector with qualified individuals that have the necessary skills to actively contribute to the growth of economic development in Qatar.