DOHA: Itijah, an intensive leadership development programme hosted by Qatar Shell and Silatech, saw 40 leaders from the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and Europe gather to find ways to secure future youth employment.
Eleven leaders represented Qatar, each with a proven professional leadership track record. Others represented Egypt, Hungary, Germany, Libya, Jordan, Turkey, the Netherlands and the UK. As part of Qatar Shell’s efforts to support Qatar National Vision 2030, the four-day course, created by global not-for-profit organisation Common Purpose, was held at Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre at Qatar Science and Technology Park.
Itijah (or ‘direction’ in Arabic) is part of a series of ventures to expand, enrich and energise collaborations between Arab and European nations.
Participants were given a hypothetical challenge to ensure that for every 10m euros invested in legacy events, such as the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, 100 business and social youth enterprise jobs would be directly generated.
Rob Sherwin, General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell, said: “Nurturing skills of emerging Qatari leaders, and those from the Arab world and Europe, is an important outcome of the Itijah Venture and we are proud to be playing an active role in supporting it. Encouraging links between the two regions is also important as the Arab world is set to witness dramatic growth in the number of young job-seekers within the next decade.”
“Qatar National Vision 2030 places emphasis on preparing students to take on global challenges and become innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. It also sets out to equip Qatari youth with skills and motivation to constructively contribute to society. Qatar Shell’s involvement in Itijah and other initiatives like this, is a direct response to tackling challenges and supporting Qatar on its journey to becoming a knowledge-based economy.”
Dr Tarik M Yousef, CEO, Silatech, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Qatar Shell to host the programme, which united young leaders from Mena and Europe to find practical solutions to the pressing issue of job creation.” The Peninsula