Posted on April 25, 2017
  1. Tell us something about yourself – your name, your family, where you are from, what you are currently doing in Qatar etc.

My name is Vahid Suljic, I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have been living in Qatar since 2006. I am a family man, who has a lovely wife and two beautiful kids. I am currently working for QEWC. However, whenever I find free time, I am assisting students and promoting educational face and life in Qatar. I have largely benefited from Qatar as a student myself, so I see this activity as a pay back to community. 

  1. I understand you are from Bosnia and refer to yourself as a ‘lost generation member’. Tell us something about your background.

As a 9 year old boy, I have survived the Bosnian war and the Srebrenica genocide, Europe's Worst Massacre since World War II. I was marked a ‘Lost Generation’ member, without dreams and prospects. During the war, our childhood was focused on one game only – survival. Bosnian's dark period has left a generation of young people traumatized by the horrors of war. Unfortunately, I witnessed so many bad things myself, and these things - you just don’t forget. But there is always a light at the end of tunnel if you look for it.

  1. What inspired you to come to Qatar? What change has this brought to your life?

Qatar University offered me a unique opportunity to continue higher studies in Doha and I made the best use of that stellar opportunity. In Qatar, I got my life back on track, and also my dreams that had been stolen away from me.

Studying in Doha taught me about responsibility, independence, and accountability. The icing on the cake was doing this in Qatar. This is a rare spot on the planet that presents a most beautiful melting pot of cultures, respecting differences, and celebrating diversities. It offers excellent opportunities in higher education in every field of study, and the facilities are simply amazing. After successful graduation from the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University life is back on fast track again. Employment came through, and I wholeheartedly decided to continue my education in Public Policy in Islam at the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), a college of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF). Where, I am a graduating now.

  1. You are an active member of many clubs and initiatives in Qatar. Tell us about some of them.

Thanks to the quality of education, effective teaching, literature and other facilities, we have the opportunity and freedom to explore and learn what we love and what makes us happy. For all these blessings, I've often thought about how to repay to the State of Qatar and its people. As a result, a lot of great ideas and initiatives came into my mind. Thanks to my classmates over the years, I was able to establish and manage several student clubs such as; Qatar University Debate Club, Qatar University Alumni Debate Chapter, Campus & Student Life in Qatar/Students_Qatar etc. Students_Qatar is promoting student life in Qatar and outside of Qatar, and offers free services to all students. It is some kind of information hub.

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On the other hand, as an active member of the Association of World Citizens Youth (AWC), the QFIS Student Council, Student Leadership Council of Education City/EBDA Institute, and HBKU International Student Club. I am always trying to motivate and encourage other students to be more involved and to actively contribute towards community development. Above and beyond, as a student, I am working on a 3 year leading study titled: “Governance of Natural Resources in Africa: Advancing a Qatari Perspective and Economic Diversification", supported by Qatar National Research Fund and co-led by QFIS faculty – Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Here, it is important to mention that; we have the opportunity to learn from the best professors in the East and the West. Qatar Foundation becomes an oasis and a cradle of knowledge.  We should take advantage of that.

  1. What was the most inspiring moment of your life?

I had the opportunity to meet a lot of important people here in Qatar, but one of them inspired me most, and shaped my vision of education and knowledge sharing. This was Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF).

  1. Share something funny that happened to you.

Going alone on journey abroad for the first time was some adventure. In 2005, I travelled from Bosnia to Qatar, via UAE. We landed to Dubai with delay so I missed my flight to Doha. So, I stayed at the airport for several hours – each hour was like a week. I have listened repeatedly announcement regarding the flight numbers and schedule, and each time I heard the numbers in Arabic language, I jumped thinking they were calling my name, because my name in Arabic language means number “one”.

  1. What do you consider to be your greatest strength?

Reliability. I get job done. Every time.Interview with Vahid Suljic 3 [].jpg

  1. Tell us your dream?

My dream: I am working in the organisation who provides cutting edge education on amazing digital platform accessible to all students worldwide – regardless to who they are, where they come from and how much they have in their pocket.

  1. What is your favourite pastime or activity?

Spending fun & creative time with my family. There is nothing as funny as watching toddlers making mistakes as they learn. And there is nothing as satisfying as watching them first time they master the skill. Face on them – priceless!

  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

Besides forming my family, I have been blessed with quite a few. Dearest one to my heart is International Scholarship Award by Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Greatest one would be probably Top 10 Best Speakers at Qatar Universities Debate Championships and EBDA Gold Award in Leadership.

  1. Your attitude to life?

There are no problems in life, there are only challenges. Challenges present opportunities. Remain positive, committed, and responsible and it pays off.

  1. Lessons learnt from life:

There were so many, with a lot more to come and I am looking forward to them. Here are a few: Treat others the way you want to be treated. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. If you want to change the world – start with yourself.