Posted on May 11, 2015

HEC Paris has welcomed the latest cohort of participants of the Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management (SBUM) program at an orientation event for the Class of 2017 at the Tornado Tower in Doha, Qatar. HEC Paris is the number one ranked school in the world for Executive Education by the Financial Times in 2014. The 49 participants of the Class of 2017 include 29 males and 20 females from 10 different nationalities (Qatar, KSA, Egypt, Venezuela, the Philippines, Kuwait, Nigeria, Jordan, Canada and the USA). The average age of the class is 31 years, with an average work experience of eight years.

Around 40% of the new participants come from the oil & gas sector, in addition to 12% from banking & finance, 10% from telecommunication, 8% from the public sector and 6% from education. The rest of the participants come from engineering, building & construction, health & social services, travel & tourism, transport & logistics, media and charity sectors. A cocktail reception and dinner was also held in the evening in honor of Class 2017, where Prof. Kerbache, Dean & CEO of HEC Paris in Qatar and Abdulaziz Al-Tamimi, a Senior Process Engineer at Qatar Petroleum (QP) and SBUM alumnus from the Class of 2015, delivered keynote speeches.

HEC Paris welcomes Class 2 [].jpg“We are truly honored to welcome into the fast growing HEC Paris family in Qatar this latest batch of participants of our Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management program,” Prof. Kerbache said. “Since we introduced this program in Qatar, we have had a tremendous response from aspiring professionals, including a significant number of Qataris and women. This is a clear indication that this program is aligned with the Qatarization needs.”

“This is reflective of the impact that this program has on the development of the future leaders of leading business organizations in Qatar, specifically with regard to instilling an entrepreneurial leadership approach and managing business units,” he added. This year, the Class of 2015 of the SBUM program had 50 graduates composed of 38 Qataris and 12 expatriates, including 29 male and 21 female. This class has just been honored in the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) convocation along with other students from the schools in the Education City.