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French President François Hollande meets HEC Paris community in Qatar

28 June 2013
French President François Hollande meets HEC Paris community in Qatar - © LSP

France’s Head of State and HEC Paris alumnus recognizes establishment of HEC Paris in Qatar as a demonstration of the special relationship between France and Qatar

Doha, Qatar – 27 June, 2013: The President of France, His Excellency François Hollande, met with representatives of the HEC Paris community in Qatar and urged his fellow and future alumni to assist in further strengthening links between France and Qatar.

The meeting, which was held on 23 June 2013 at the Four Seasons hotel in Doha, took place during the French President’s official visit to the State of Qatar as top government officials from both countries discussed several issues of mutual concern.

President Hollande, who graduated from HEC Paris in 1975, became the 24th President of one of Europe’s most influential nations.

The HEC Paris community present during the meeting included Professor Laoucine Kerbache, Chief Executive Officer and Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar; representatives from the current EMBA and Master class of 2014, as well as several members of the HEC Paris alumni body. Also present at the meeting were His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Vice President for Education of Qatar Foundation and President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU); Dr. David Prior, Executive Vice-President and Provost of HBKU and Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total.

After the meeting, President Hollande was presented with a calligraphy crystal by the HEC Paris community as a token of their appreciation and recognition to their fellow alumni.

 “HEC Paris is indeed proud to count President Hollande as one of its most prestigious graduates,” Professor Kerbache said. “He embodies many of the values of HEC Paris, including commitment to diversity, responsible leadership and international collaboration.

“President Hollande’s visit to Qatar, and his meeting with fellow alumni in Doha, demonstrates the life-long ties that our students develop with HEC Paris and with their fellow classmates and graduates. This meeting highlights the importance of the HEC Paris presence in Qatar, which has received tremendous support from the highest levels of government and business in both France and Qatar,” he added.

Media inquiries:
Laurianne THOURY
Media Relations Manager, HEC Paris
Tel: +33 1 39 67 94 23

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