QFB to host series of events in support of Qatar fifth national sports day

Employee families invited to compete in Family Sports Day Event at Aspire Park

Qatar First Bank (QFB), is an the independent Shari’ah compliant private authorised and regulated by QFC Regulatory Authority. QFB, dedicated to providing bespoke financial services and investment opportunities to High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), corporate and institutional investors today announced the launch of “QFB Fit-Feb” a month long corporate wellness programme that includes a series of initiatives to mark Qatar’s fifth National Sports Day.

“QFB Fit-Feb” which will run during the month of February aims to encourage staff to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle and to reinforce the benefits such a lifestyle can bring to employees’ productivity and efficiency. Awareness will be raised through a series of daily health tips and seminars.

As part of the QFB Fit-Feb program, the bank will organize a family Sports Day, on 9th February at Aspire Park, for QFB employees and their families. This is an opportunity for all families to come together and participate in various sport competitions including a rowing competition, mini football tournament and many more.

Mr Ziad Makkawi, QFB’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “QFB Fit-Feb program is aimed at raising the employee’s awareness about the importance of embracing a healthy and active lifestyle. Studies have proven that regular exercise can improve mental performance and time management skills leading to a more efficient and productive workforce. We applaud Qatar’s initiatives in integrating wellbeing as a pillar of its National Vision 2030 and dedicating a day to raise the awareness of the nation on the importance of adopting a well-balanced lifestyle.”

Qatar’s National Sports Day is held annually on the second Tuesday of February, with the main objective of promoting a healthy lifestyle among the community. Private and public organizations throughout Qatar organize events to encourage the population regardless of their age or fitness levels involved in a competition or activity.

QFB launches its ‘Knowledge Excellence Series’

Bank launches high level series of speaker events, seminars and workshops for business community

Qatar First Bank (QFB), the independent Shari’ah compliant bank authorised and regulated by QFC Regulatory Authority. QFB is dedicated to providing bespoke financial services and investment opportunities to High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), corporate and institutional investors, today announced the launch of its ‘Knowledge Excellence Series’.

The “Knowledge Excellence Series” is part of QFB’s wider Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that focuses on education and promotion of knowledge. This comes in alignment with Qatar’s National Vision of which education is a key pillar. The “Knowledge Excellence Series” is a platform to facilitate knowledge exchange among different segments of society through the hosting of regular speaker events, workshops, educational and lifestyle events focusing on a wide range of topics including finance, economics, investments, health, education and art.

To kick off the series, on 1st February, QFB will host, Financial expert Nili Gilbert, Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager for Matarin Capita with responsibility for hedge fund and long-only equity strategies, at its recently launched premium Private Banking Lounge. Nili is regularly invited to share her extensive investment insights on CNBC television network. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with a BA from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in a Special Concentration in Economics and Social Studies, and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, where she was a Toigo Fellow.

Nili was selected as a winner of the Toigo Bridge to Business 2011 award, and as a 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2013 Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Scholar. She chairs the Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute, an organization founded and chaired by Peggy Dulany, the daughter of renowned American banker, David Rockefeller. Gilbert is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she sits on its International Affairs Fellows Selection Committee and its Term Member Advisory Committee.

Mr Ziad Makkawi, QFB’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Education is key in driving economic growth. Our “Knowledge Excellence Series” aim to support Qatar’s initiatives to become a knowledge based economy. Our intention is to develop a platform that will accelerate the transfer of knowledge and information sharing by bringing together industry practitioners and business leaders from the wider community.”

We hope that the business community find our first speaker event informative as Nili highlights how the current changing global landscape will impact investment decisions in 2016 and share insights into how investors are positioning their portfolios.”