Posted on June 17, 2018

The application portal for the inaugural Executive Master’s in Leadership, Policy and Innovation Programme – academic year 2018-19 – has officially opened.  

Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) and Georgetown University have welcome qualified QLC graduates to apply to the “first-of-its-kind” programme in the region, according to a press statement.

QLC and Georgetown University officially launched the new joint programme during an open house event last week. The gathering was attended by a wide array of Qatari business and government leaders who have already successfully completed one of QLC’s National Leadership Programmes. HE Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and a member of the QLC board of directors, launched the programme and noted that he was pleased with the new opportunity - describing it as “an important milestone in Qatar’s journey in developing a knowledge-based economy”.

Sheikh Dr Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani, board member and managing director of QLC, said: “This is a unique opportunity for our graduates to build upon the knowledge and expertise they have established from our National Leadership Programmes. Strong leaders should adopt lifelong teachings as an integral part of their development. Earning the Executive Master’s degree in Leadership will prove to be of tremendous value for the graduates, the respective industries they work in, and for the future of our country.” The Executive Master’s Programme has attracted interest from QLC graduates who hold leading positions across numerous sectors, the statement notes.

Khamis al-Mohannadi expressed interest to participate in the programme, saying: “The varied modules on offer are well-balanced and enriching, and will equip participants with new and insightful perspectives. Also, the successful completion of the programme will result in an Executive Master’s degree conferred by a prestigious university with standing alumni in high esteem in Qatar and the world.” Former Executive Leader Abdulla al-Mehshadi appreciated QLC’s efforts in responding to the graduates’ call for a new programme, saying: “The Executive Master’s class will have a varied group of QLC alumni from different National Leadership Programmes across the years. This brings about knowledge exchange and the opportunity to tap into each other’s professional expertise.” 

Amal al-Shamry, head of the Business Strategy and Planning Department at Oryx GTL, and former Rising Leader, noted: “There are many Executive Master’s Programmes, but most of them are limited to one area. This degree, on the other hand, is holistic and encompassing – bringing the trendiest topics together.” Ali al-Ali, a member of one of the first QLC Executive Leaders Programme cohorts, said: “I have no doubt that with this programme, that the centre’s positive impact on the Qatari society will be further increased.” 

Al Jazzi Fettis, assistant dean for Student Affairs at the College of Engineering, Qatar University, and a former Rising Leader, added: “There is a mutual feeling among QLC graduates that we will continue the journey we have started. Education is an ongoing effort that challenges us, tests our capabilities, and drives us to achieve groundbreaking results.” QLC and Georgetown University have designed the joint programme to be offered exclusively to qualified QLC graduates who meet the admission criteria. To earn the Executive Master’s degree, participants must complete all modules held in Doha, as well as a residency module in Washington, DC. 

Upon completion, the degree will be conferred by Georgetown University and all graduates will join the university’s global network of world leaders, policymakers and renowned innovators.

The nine-month programme begins in September in Doha. Further information is available at

source: Gulf Times