Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Sciences and Society Development, held its 6th Annual Risk Management Forum at Bin Jelmood House, part of Msheireb Museums in Msheireb Downtown Doha yesterday.
Under the theme ‘Managing Risk and Opportunity in Challenging Times,’ the forum featured industry experts from high profile Qatari institutions to share their experiences of managing the risks and developing opportunities presented by recent diplomatic tensions.
Hosted annually by Msheireb Properties, the Risk Management Forum has grown a reputation for effectively predicting and confronting the most prevalent threats facing organisations and the global business community. This year’s guest speakers included Khalid Abdulla al-Mana, executive director (business finance) at Qatar Development Bank; Aysha al-Mudhahka, Qatar Business Incubation Centre CEO; Abdulaziz al-Mulla, ASTAD chief commercial officer and general manager, ASTAD International; Mohamed Eisa al-Buainain, senior director (projects) at Msheireb Properties and Aarn Wennekers, advisor, Audit and Corporate Governance at the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Qatar Petroleum.
On the forum, Abdulla Hassan al-Mehshadi, Msheireb Properties chief executive officer, said, “Given the spotlight on the recent diplomatic tensions in the region, it was imperative we address issues of real concern to businesses and the people in Qatar. The pertinence of the issues certainly engaged speakers who addressed the forum and provoked a lively debate amongst the audience. Only through proactive engagement can we achieve positive outcomes. As a result of the forum, I hope we are all better placed to manage the risks and utilise new prospects from the current situation.”
Al-Mehshadi said, “The forum represents Msheireb Properties’ continued commitment to enhancing the social and economic dynamism, cultural heritage and quality of life in Qatar. Over the past six editions of the forum, it has developed into the premier risk management symposium in the Gulf, which leverages best practice from a diversity of industry leaders to mitigate risk, set benchmarks, establish standards, and nurtures the evolution of a progressive and productive business culture.”
This year’s event was attended by a large cross-section of business and risk management experts from a variety of industries and backgrounds including auditors, consultants, engineers, contractors, IT experts, oil and gas executives, project and programme managers and real estate developers.
This diversity was reflected in the agenda as the topics included “External Risks and Their Management: A Real Estate and Construction Perspective”, “Managing Risk as a Start-up or Local Entrepreneur,” “Mitigating Risks of Tomorrow: A Focus on Contract Management”, and “Risk and Resiliency: Lessons Learned.”
The forum also included an engaging panel discussion titled, “Managing the Risks and Opportunities Surrounding the Ongoing Trade Embargo.”
Msheireb Properties’ mission is to support the wider aims of the Qatar’s National Vision 2030 by changing the way people think about urban living and improving their overall quality of life through innovations that encourage social interaction, respect for culture, and greater care for the environment.
Their projects improve the lives of both individuals and communities – encouraging more sustainable and environmentally responsible behaviour, and a greater understanding of local, regional, and international heritage and history through immersive experiences.
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