The Qatari Ambassador welcomes HEC students who were selected to participate in Doha Goals

5 December 2012

Before flying to Doha to take part in the first edition of the Doha Goals, 15 HEC students (Grande Ecole and MBA) were honoured to be welcomed by his Excellency Mohamed Jeham Al Kuwari, at  on December 3rd 2012.

Qatari Ambassador welcomes HEC students - Doha Goals

The “Davos of Sport” forum, as the  Ambassador himself called it,  will take place  between December 10th -12th 2012.  Top stakeholders–  CEOs, government officials, athletes, NGOs, federation heads, urban developers, coaches, managers, and medical experts – will gather to discuss how sport can have a positive impact on social and economic development.
More than 1000 participants, including athletic legends such as Carl Lewis, Ian Thorpe, Oscar Pistorius, Marc Spitz, François Pienaar, Jonathan Edwards, and Marie-José Pérec will participate in the debates and create a roadmap of initiatives capable of addressing issues such as  the welfare of athletes, federation governance, sport as a tool for the education of youth,  the integration of women and minorities through sport and cross-culture cooperation.
Doha GOALS is passing the baton to the next generation of leaders with the launch of the Student Ambassadors Programme. The Forum will host the 400 best students from the top high schools and universities around the world (40 institutions representing 30 countries) including HEC students. Each student was put forward by their principal or dean for consideration after displaying outstanding academic, athletic and leadership skills. They have  also been asked to develop a proposal that will be submitted to a jury.  Among those presented by HEC students is a  proposal that offers young people the chance to pursue higher education and a career in sport at the same time, whatever their financial means or social environment. Another discusses the creation of an e-community called ‘Sport Echoing’,  setting up a social network to mobilize professional sportspeople and organizations. Another  suggests that we create micro-soccer clubs for children living in semi-rural areas in Africa where is it difficult to access sports equipment. As part of  a warm and open roundtable with the HEC students, the Ambassador spoke about Doha Goals’ aims to promote the political will of Qatar  and address major global challenges. He focused in particular on his country’s action and the Qatar Foundation for youth and easier access to higher education and sport.

Professor Bertrand Moingeon, Deputy Dean of HEC Paris, who accompanied the students at the embassy, will also be among the speakers at Doha Goals. He reaffirmed that HEC Paris was honoured to be represented at Doha GOALS by its highly talented students and has invited them to take advantage of this great opportunity to discover a country for which the development plan and vision are a perfect illustration of the concept of strategic innovation.

With Joshua Kobb, Chief Operating Officer of HEC Paris in Qatar, Bertrand Moingeon mentionned the development of  HEC’s activities in Qatar. HEC Paris joined Qatar Foundation in June 2010, bringing world-class Executive Education programs and research activity to Doha and the region. HEC Paris graduated its first intake of Executive MBA participants in May 2012, in Qatar, under the patronage and the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. HEC Paris programs and research activities in Qatar build corporate competitiveness within the global economy and are fully aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030 to support the transformation of Qatar into an advanced, competitive and knowledge-based economy.


Read the Press release : 15 HEC Students are participating in the Doha Goals, 10 December 2012

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