Enterprise Qatar and Ernst & Young have successfully joined efforts to bring one of the world’s most prestigious business award programmes to Qatar for the first time. Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses that influence the way we live, the products and services we depend on, and the economic vibrancy of our local communities and global markets.
Six visionary entrepreneurs were shortlisted as finalists for the award. The winner will be announced on 28 March at a Gala dinner to be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, with the honourable presence of high profile dignitaries.
The six finalists are Mr. Abdulaziz Al Dolaimi of National Petroleum Services, Mr. Zeyad Al Jaidah and Mr. Abdullah Alansari of Techno Q, Mr. Ashraf Abu Issa of Abu Issa Holding, Mr. Jassim Al-Mansoori of iHorizons, Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi of Al Emadi Enterprises and Mr. Omran Al-Kuwari of GreenGulf Inc.
Noora Al-Mannai, the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Qatar, said: “These nominations were considered by a joint committee between Enterprise Qatar and Ernst & Young after interviewing the potential entrepreneurs and analysing their businesses. All shortlisted entrepreneurs will be thoroughly evaluated by an independent judges committee of senior officials and policy makers in order to nominate the award winner in a strictly confidential evaluation.”
Firas Qoussous, Office Managing Partner at Ernst & Young, Qatar, added: “The six finalists are true examples of successful entrepreneurs. The past few years have been a difficult time for businesses around the world, but these entrepreneurs have weathered the obstacles they faced and emerged as the future that will drive Qatar’s buoyant economy. We are honored to be highlighting their accomplishments to the business community in Qatar and are committed to supporting startups and rewarding outstanding entrepreneurs.”
The winner of the Qatar Entrepreneur Of The Year award will represent the country at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year award ceremony which takes place in June 2012 in Monte Carlo.
This year marks a quarter of a century since the very first Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, which took place in a single US city in 1986. Today, the programme spans more than 140 cities in 50 countries, which together represent more than 90% of the global economy.
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