Posted on September 29, 2018

Qatari professionals currently undertaking Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Executive Leaders Program – one of the three National Programs available – have just completed their two-legged, intercontinental Learning Journey in North America, and Europe.

This annual journey, venturing to varying countries, forms a fundamental part of participants’ year-long program. From September 9 to 28, 2018, participating Executive Leaders visited Boston, USA, and Stockholm, Sweden; gaining extensive insight into innovation, change, and entrepreneurship. Regarded as a much anticipated excursion,participants have the unique opportunity to explore hubs for leadership excellence, and expand their already-established executive repertoire.

“A core objective at QLC is to foster an environment of positive leadership and change for our participants, alumni, and country,” notes His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Board Member and Managing Director of QLC. “Through visiting Sweden and the USA in their Learning Journey – two exceptionally thriving business environments – Qatari professionals canhone a vast array of applicable, real-world, leadership capabilities. In turn, this supports the development of strongindividuals, and works to secure Qatar’s developmental goals.”

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During the first leg in Boston, QLC Executive Leaders spent their time at Harvard Business School; of which the establishment has a longstanding and prosperous relationship. Commencing their stay with a guided campus tour of the facilities, allowing participants to get a feel for their temporary home, they were then welcomed by module lead and Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, Alan MacCormack. Predominately exploring several case studies, participants completed a six-day module on Innovation and Change, focusing on its importance in building a fruitful business model. The attendees explored topics relating to digital strategies, business challenges, design thinking, and collaborative techniques.

For the second part of their Learning Journey, the Executive Leaders visited the Swedish Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. There, they met with Her Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden to Qatar, who accompanied the groups for the first two days of the program. Participants gained insight into Sweden’s past, present, and future plansregarding innovation and developing a thriving business environment. Coordinated by the program managers at the Institute, the agenda included a mix of lectures, panel discussions, and workshops; with excursions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Science Park Mjärdevi.

As one of the most competitive and productive nations in the world – producing world-leading businesses – the Swedish Institute offered an exemplary insight into how they became, and have maintained, their renowned success. As a core pillar of Qatar’s development goals, an important topic addressed included the notion that healthcare and promotion of well-being is an essential aspect of creating a sustainable development. Here, fostering knowledge exchange, the participants looked into Sweden’s efforts to increase life expectancy and welfare.

To date, more than 500 high-performing senior managers and executives havecompleted one of QLC’s National Leadership Programs and currently serve as active members of the growing Alumni Association and community. To learn more about QLC, and to apply to one of the Centre’s National Leadership Programs, please visit