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Doha, Qatar, May 19, 2018: In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 towards developing human capital and as part of its mission, Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) in collaboration with the CFA Society Doha organized a free CFA information session on Tuesday May 8, in order to create an awareness for finance professionals on the importance of being certified in a fast moving world and give participants an idea as to what they can expect from taking this course at QFBA. Participants from different sectors in Qatar such as Georgetown University, Qatar National Bank (QNB), Shell Qatar and KPMG in Qatar, have joined the session.

QFBA, in collaboration with CFA Society, are successfully implementing programs that work towards creating a knowledge-based economy.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Emadi, Acting CEO of QFBA, said:

“Since inception, we have been implementing innovative approaches in honing the right skills among finance professionals. In sync with the Qatar National Vision 2030, we have taken it upon ourselves to keep the young professionals abreast with changing economic conditions and how they best strategize workable solutions that aim towards operational excellence and organizational prowess. Such initiatives only strengthen our motto and reach out to masses.”

Enis Kefi, CFA, Executive Director at CFA Society Qatar, said:

“Our mission at CFA Society Doha is to raise the professional standards in the Qatar capital market by supporting the professional development of our members and of the entire investment community.

This event is a significant step in this direction. The free session hosted by QFBA is one of the activities designed to inform investment professionals about the need to invest in their education and about the benefits and the challenges of the CFA Program. We are extremely happy to join hands with QFBA in order to drive the Qatar Vision 2030 ahead. This is just the start and we would keep hosting such initiatives more often to increase the professionalism in the Qatar financial markets”

In order to live up to this revelation, Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) was established in 2009 under the auspices of Qatar Financial Centre Authority – QFCA to raise the financial services industry standards and help organizations and professionals achieve their learning and business objectives, thus aligned with Qatar 2030 vision. The Academy specializes in providing training and developing the financial sector. For QFBA, learning is a journey rather than an event. The Academy intends to accompany professionals and corporates in that journey, sharing knowledge, skills and experiences to create their own success stories.

Utilizing a four-stage process (Diagnose – Design – Deliver – Evaluate), QFBA partners with world-class organizations to design customized learning programs addressing the business issues they face now and into the future. Drawing from its pool of learning professionals and expert practitioners from around the region and the world, custom programs are delivered using innovative and relevant learning methodologies.

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behaviour in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has over 145,000 members in 163 countries and territories, including 140,000 CFA charterholders, and 148 member societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.

About CFA Society Doha

CFA Society Doha, the local association of CFA Institute investment management professionals, works closely with regulators, employers, universities and investors to build a better investment profession which serves the community.

About the CFA® Program

The CFA® designation is one of the most respected and recognised investment management designations in the world. To earn the charter, candidates must pass all three levels of the exam, which is considered to be the most rigorous exam in the investment profession; meet the work experience requirements of four years in the investment industry; sign a commitment to abide by the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct; and become a member of CFA Institute. Less than one in five candidates who begin the program end up finishing, which is testament to the determination and mastery of professional competencies demonstrated by successful Level III candidates.

Candidates study approximately 1,000 hours on average to master 8,500 pages of curriculum. The CFA® Program curriculum includes ethical and professional standards; financial reporting and analysis; corporate finance; economics; quantitative methods; equity; fixed income; alternative investments; derivatives; portfolio management; and wealth planning. Its depth and breadth provides a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and practical portfolio management skills, which gives investment professionals a career advantage.


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