The Business Year Launches Latest Local Economy Publication at Qatar Investment Summit 2022


The Business Year (TBY) officially launched its latest research on the local economy, “The Business Year: Qatar 2022, World Cup Special Edition”, at the Qatar Investment Summit 2022 held yesterday at the Hilton Doha.

TBY’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Ioana Popa, gave a speech, which was followed by the official presentation of “The Business Year: Qatar 2022, Special Edition of the World Cup” led by the Country Manager of the State of Qatar, Nataly Almanza Madrid.

This is the eighth annual edition published by TBY, which covered the Gulf State’s growing ambitions, from diversification and self-sufficiency to sustainability and World Cup preparation.

The Qatar Investment Summit 2022 aims to draw attention to the most dynamic sectors of the Qatari economy, giving voice to leaders from the public and private sectors through a series of panel discussions.

The first panel, moderated by Seif Hourani, Strategic Partner at Consulting HAUS, included Gudni Stiholt Adalsteinsson, Acting CEO of Doha Bank, and David Cook, CEO of Sharq Insurance. He focused on the resilience of the local economy and growth prospects for the future. Topics included the rise of fintech, PPPs and digital transformation in insurance and banking.

The next session was opened by Ghanim al-Sulaiti, CEO and Founder of Enbat Holding, who spoke about sustainable business models, promoting greener practices within the local community and promoting sustainability throughout along the supply chain.

This was followed by a second panel on sustainability and ESG initiatives in Qatar, moderated by Hazar al-Kilani of Doha News, which included Hatem el-Mohandes, Regional CE Head of Google Cloud; Dr. Fadi Nasser, COO at MEEZA; and Ali al-Shabibi, partner at KPMG in Qatar.

The event concluded with another panel featuring Ashraf Abu Issa, Chairman of Abu Issa Holding; Faisal Abdulla KH al-Mana, Vice President of RC Al Mana; Sheikh Nasser Abdulaziz al-Thani, Business Development Manager of Qetaifan Projects; and Ahmed Khellil Abbassi, Executive Director of Competitions and Football Development for the Qatar Stars League (QSL). The discussion was moderated by Venkat Krishnaswamy, Partner, Head of Advisory, KPMG.

Abu Issa said, “We are all working hard to secure our leadership. This is just the beginning of how we, as a small nation, can deliver an incredible event beyond everyone’s expectations.

Sheikh Nasser added: “Whether in the sports sector or in the financial and commercial sectors, we have much more to offer the international community and the best is yet to come.

The Business Year: Qatar 2022, World Cup Special Edition was produced in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Qatar Businessmen’s Association and Qatar Businesswomen’s Association.

It is available now on thebusinessyear.com, as well as all major business news platforms including Bloomberg Terminal, Refinitiv Eikon, Dow Jones Factiva and FactSet, as well as PressReader, Google Books.

Last update: September 20, 2022 9:17 p.m.

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