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HEC Paris in Qatar welcomes EMBA and Specialized Master Class of 2014 and its new Academic Dean

20 March 2013

HEC Paris in Qatar held an event on February 19 in Doha to welcome its new EMBA class and to launch a new Specialized Master Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management program. This ceremony in presence of the two previous EMBA classes, the Ambassador of France, Deans from other universities in Education City and many influential representatives of the business community in Qatar, was also the occasion to welcome on board the new CEO and Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar, Professor Laoucine Kerbache.

HEC Paris in Qatar welcomes EMBA and Specialized Master Class of 2014 and its new Academic Dean - HEC Paris 2013

The launch for the two programs, which will begin in February and March of this year, took place on the evening of February 19 in Sharq Village and Spa hotel Doha.

The HEC Paris in Qatar EMBA is uniquely positioned to offer senior managers and executives the opportunity to select from a number of majors. It is a practical and intense program developed to provide executives with an understanding of the social, economic and environmental aspects of international business, as well as the skills to put their vision into action.

Additionally, the objectives of the Specialized Master in Strategic Business Unit Management program are threefold: to create effective leaders of business units; to enhance leadership and people management skills, and to foster a genuinely entrepreneurial approach to management.
This event served also as a great opportunity for HEC Paris alumni and staff in Qatar to wish farewell to its founding Academic Dean, Professor Antoine Hyafil and welcome on board the new CEO and Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar, Professor Laoucine Kerbache.

The Chief Operating Officer of HEC Paris in Qatar, Mr Joshua Kobb, commented, “This celebration marks new beginnings for us. Firstly, to welcome our newest EMBA class and launch the new Specialized Master program, demonstrating the strength of HEC Paris in Qatar’s Executive Education activities. Secondly, to acknowledge the contribution of our founding Dean, Prof. Antoine Hyafil and wish him farewell on the occasion of his retirement, and of course to welcome our new Dean, Professor Laoucine Kerbache. Based on strong foundations, a new chapter begins for HEC Paris in Qatar.”

Professor Kerbache holds a PhD (1984), an MSc (1981) and a BSc (1979) in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts in the US, and an International Teaching Program Certificate (2005) from IMD-Lausanne, Switzerland. He previously held the position of Associate Dean, Director of the HEC Paris PhD Program for five years, and he is Full Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management.

The Professor commented: In my new position I hope to carry on from where my predecessor, Antoine has left off, to continue with the expansion of HEC Paris in Qatar and to establish the organization as the premier Executive Education institution in the region. It’s a challenge I am looking forward to immensely and I know that with the support of the Faculty and Qatar Foundation this vision will become a reality.”


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