The Youth Company announces The Youth Change Everything Conference in partnership with QFIB and INJAZ Qatar
The Youth Company, the first youth-run Social Enterprise in Qatar, is pleased to announce yet another inspiring initiative, the Youth Change Everything Conference, set to take place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of March. The two-day event will focus on the development of leadership and entrepreneurship skills among youth, in turn preparing them to take ownership of their future.
Organized in partnership with INJAZ Qatar and powered by Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB), the Youth Change Everything conference will gather around 200 high school and university students at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Commenting on the sponsorship of the conference, Emad Mansour, QFIB CEO, said “At QFIB we place great importance on developing the youth as they are the future leaders. The youth nowadays are faced with great challenges, mainly limited job opportunities. Such a platform will empower youth to unleash their talent and develop their skills to become innovative entrepreneurs.”
Under the theme, “Not Your Average Leadership Conference,” the event will provide a non-conventional platform for youth to initiate dialogue with business leaders. Participants will be empowered to kick start their innovation, foster their entrepreneurial spirit and develop their networking outreach. Mohamed Farid, CEO of The Youth Company shared his vision of the conference objectives: “Being a company which strives to empower and develop young people we are always focused on creating life-changing and long-lasting experiences for youth. We are committed to make the Youth Change Everything Conference a platform where apart from getting theoretical knowledge, participants can also challenge themselves and their views of the world, explore and strengthen their skills through practical activities, and be so surprised and excited with the outcomes that they will continue to work developing themselves after the conference as well.” Farid continued “We thank our partners INJAZ Qatar and QFIB for their valuable support. Their participation is a clear testament to their belief that the youth are the catalyst for inspiring positive change.”
The first day of the conference will include different workshops on leadership, starting with self-discovery and finishing with how to lead organizations. The second day will introduce participants to an Innovation Camp (I Camp), led by INJAZ Qatar. Aysha Al Mudehki, Executive Director, INJAZ Qatar commented, “This unique program, originally developed by Junior Achievement in collaboration with Barclay’s Bank, allows students to work in teams to address a specific business challenge. Each team, mentored by a corporate volunteer, prepares a business plan which is pitched to a panel of judges. Teams are judged based on the most creative and feasible idea”, continued Al Mudehki. “We are proud to collaborate with our long term partner QFIB, and with The Youth Company in delivering this great initiative in Qatar” concluded Al Mudehki.
Emirates National Factory for Plastic Industries L.L.C (ENPI Group), a portfolio-company of QFIB inaugurated Future Plast Industries
Emirates National Factory for Plastic Industries L.L.C (ENPI Group), a portfolio-company of Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) inaugurated Future Plast Industries, its first state-of-the-art facility in Abu Dhabi Industrial Area (ICAD 1), United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The FSSC-22000-2010 certified facility was inaugurated under the auspices of H.E Mohamed Thani Murshed Ghannam Al Rumaithi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in the presence of QFIB board members and high ranking officials from Qatar and UAE. QFIB, Qatar’s first independent shari’ah compliant investment bank regulated by Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority is a majority shareholder (71.3 %) at ENPI. Future Plast Industries is ENPI Group ’s first venture in Abu Dhabi. The facility spans an area of 17,622 sqm and offers a range of integrated plastic solutions through its subsidiaries, Future PET and Future Flex.
Nizar Rajoub, CEO of ENPI commented, “We are happy to expand our reach to Abu Dhabi. This new facility will enable us to cement ENPI Group’s position as a global leader in providing plastic packaging solutions. We thank QFIB for their continuous support and great business insight. QFIB has assisted in streamlining our business and in securing the required funds to establish this facility. We look forward to work alongside QFIB management to further solidify the business, increase market share and broaden our product offerings and solutions.”
Commenting on QFIB’s role in supporting its portfolio companies Emad Mansour said, “We congratulate ENPI Group on the inauguration of Future Plast Industries, their first venture into the Abu Dhabi Industrial Zones. This state of the art facility will capitalize on the growing demand for plastic packaging solutions. At QFIB, we provide strategic support to our partners and ensure they benefit from our market insight and extensive network of connections. We will continue to support ENPI Group in its future expansion plans. Imminent steps would be to explore new markets together and enable the Group to reinforce its status as a global leader in providing the most diverse range of plastic solutions.”
The funding of the facility is a result of a five-year syndicated AED 250 million loan arranged by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The facility not only addresses the growing global demand of plastic solutions but also makes Future Plast Industries the only integrated supplier in the region that offers complete packaging solutions to the food and beverage and hygiene industries.
QFIB will host a family sport day for its employees, celebrating Qatar’s National Sports Day on the 14th of February 2012
Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB), Qatar’s first independent Islamic investment bank regulated by the QFC Regulatory Authority, will host a family sport day for its employees, celebrating Qatar’s National Sports Day on the 14th of February 2012. The event is aligned with QFIB’s commitment to create employee-engagement programmes that encourage physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
A decree by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Heir Apparent, declared that Tuesdays in the second week of February each year shall be celebrated as the State ’s National Sports Day. The day will be a public holiday generating awareness about the importance of sport and a healthy lifestyle. This initiative ascribes to the values laid down in Qatar National Vision 2030 which calls for people and their communities to come closer through sport.
Crediting employees as the most valuable asset of the Bank, Emad Mansour, CEO of QFIB commented, “The decree is a testament that reaffirms HH Sh. Tamim’s support for sports and his vision to position Qatar as an international sports hub. This day will enable institutions to put this vision into practice by organizing several sport activities to ensure an efficient and healthy workforce. At QFIB, we strongly believe that sports allows us to take care of our minds and bodies, in addition to promoting social values such as team work, self -discipline and respect. As such we constantly encourage our employees to adopt exercise in their daily activities.”
With a theme focused around “A sound mind in a sound body”, QFIB is working with Dubai based ABAMI; a company specialized in team building development with a focus on leisure sport activities to organize the event. Activities will include a mini Olympics for the staff and their families in addition to several other sports activities, games and competitions