Posted on May 15, 2016

Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC), in partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), is hosting yet another vibrant session of their Speaker Series for 2016, on Tuesday May 17th, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha.

Guest speaker will be Simon Casson, Regional Vice President and General Manager at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. In an initiative to accomplish QBIC’s mission of developing the next QAR 100 million companies in Qatar, the Speaker Series is a seasonal program that encourages and supports aspiring entrepreneurs to overcome their external obstacles, and fully dedicate themselves to their startups, by inviting regional experts and successful entrepreneurs  

Over the past year, QBIC hosted several sessions held by renowned professionals and high profile entrepreneurs, such as Louis Foremen, founder of Edison Nation, Elmar Mock, co-inventor of SWATCH, Dr. Kai Ruggeri, Researcher and Lecturer at University of Cambridge, Mohammed Jaffar, former CEO of, Rabea Ataya, founder and CEO of, and Christopher Free, General Manager of UBER Qatar and UAE.

The Speaker Series sessions bridge the gap between budding entrepreneurs, and successful professionals. The selected speakers are chosen on the basis of their personal achievements as entrepreneurs, and invited to share their valuable experience and knowledge on overcoming the challenging road to successful entrepreneurship. Visiting speakers also provide one-on-one coaching sessions for QBIC Tourism’s incubatees, and depending on their industry, provide selected startups with specialized advice. Casson shared his experience in the hospitality sector, and how he believes QBIC Tourism’s entrepreneurs can maximize their business to benefit from the rapidly growing tourism industry in Qatar ahead of the Fifa 2022.

Qatar Development Bank CEO and QBIC Chairman, Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa said: “We’re proud of our initiative to focus on the individual development of our entrepreneurs. By offering seasonal Speaker Series sessions with renowned professionals, we ensure that our entrepreneurs receive the well-rounded coaching and guidance they need in order to develop and enhance their process of cultivating their startups.”

Aysha Al Mudahka, QBIC CEO said: “At QBIC, there’s nothing we respect and value more than an entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and hard work. Since our partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and our establishment of QBIC Tourism, we’ve been planning a dedicated speaker series with a well-established, seasoned professional to guide and inspire our tourism entrepreneurs with his journey and experience. We’re thrilled to host a distinguished professional such as Simon Casson and we hope to continue hosting plenty of globally recognized and influential speakers dedicated to our specialized incubators.”

Cassons interactive session 'Good to Great...a career journey and a business philosophy from a personal perspective”, will focus on his 35-year career journey which has taken him from washing dishes in a local restaurant to an international hospitality career with Four Seasons. He will discuss his views on the key attributes of leadership, how the Four Seasons created and sustained a people culture that remains at the heart of its success and what the defining difference between a good hotel and a great one is.

Simon Casson, Regional Vice President and General Manager at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts said: “I am honored to be invited by QBIC to speak and my long ties with Qatar make it a pleasure to be able to return and give back to the community in some small way.  It is great to see this partnership between QTA and QBIC as tourism is an essential and vibrant part of the current and future Qatari economic landscape.  To be able to share my story, and that of Four Seasons, is a pleasure and I hope it will be of inspiration and value to the audience.”

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