Doha – The College of Business & Economics at Qatar University hosted QINVEST, Qatar’s leading private investment group and one of the region’s most prominent Islamic financial institutions, as part of its annual Finance and Economics Day, which was organised under patronage of Dr Khalid Shams, Dean of The College of Business & Economics. The annual event included pavilions organised by students highlighting the link between university courses and the Qatari economy. It also included onsite workshops, such as lectures by specialists from different business sectors, most notably speakers from the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
Tamim Hamad Al Kawari, CEO, QINVEST, said: “Qatar is currently experiencing unprecedented economic change best characterised by diversification and growth in new sectors. We, at QINVEST, are convinced that local talent has played, and will continue to play, a pivotal role in this evolution. Through our ongoing commitment to the communities, we will continue to support students, building their knowledge to ensure academic excellence.”
“QINVEST fully supports Qatar University’s efforts to prepare future leaders in finance and business management sectors, and we are committed to taking part in paving the way towards sustainable growth of the country and driving economic diversification.” added Al Kawari.
Dr Shams, said: “The job market in Qatar requires leading graduates in the fields of economics and finance across both public and private sectors. I am proud of students’ pioneering projects in all disciplines. The importance of this event is not limited to students of The College of Business & Economics, but it is an opportunity for all students of Qatar University to participate and engage in various events and programmes. The day has been designed to allow them to take advantage of a creative and dynamic environment which should provide a source of motivation and inspiration for young talent.”
The Department of Finance and Economics devoted a seminar on investment banking attended by more than 200 people including Bassel Hanbali, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at QINVEST, who talked about the nature of work of investment banks and their lines of businesses noting the developmental role played by the advisory, investments, and asset management divisions.
The discussion was based on QINVEST’s achievements in real estate investment, asset management and investment funds, most recently the launch of QINVEST SQN Income Generating Fund in response to increasing demand from Qatari investors for Sharia’a compliant income generating products.
Hanbali highlighted the importance of structured products in providing investors with a unique opportunity to access income generating assets in developed markets. The seminar covered QINVEST’s successful track record in fund management through the QINVEST Managed Account Platform (QMAP) funds and local equity funds.
Commenting on QINVEST participation, Essa Saud Al Kawari, Head of Government & Community Relations and Administration Affairs at QINVEST, said: “The event highlights increasing importance of investment banking sector within the Qatari economy.”
The workshops during the annual Finance and Economics Day at Qatar University included several seminars, including those led by the Qatar Stock Exchange and Ministry of Economy and Commerce, which discussed the factors that attract investment to the Qatari market. The seminars also considered role of the Government in adopting a package of measures and policies that seek to encourage local and international investors to various sectors, mainly manufacturing, tourism, education and health.