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HEC appoints a female dean and runs a workshop for Qatari women



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HEC Paris held an interactive workshop for women in Qatar recently as part of a global project, launched last year to create, learning and development programs for women. The theme of the workshop was leadership and entrepreneurship.

Echoing the theme of female leadership, HEC Paris has just announced the appointment of a woman as head of Executive Education for the first time in its history.

The appointment of Marina Kundu as the new Associate Dean for Executive Education not only confirms the famous school’s commitment to diversity but also further emphasises its global outlook and its promise to provide high quality leadership development around the world.

"At HEC Executive Education, our challenge over the next few years will be to develop our portfolio of programs in different regions around the world. By giving our participants - a richly diverse group of senior managers, entrepreneurs, and business executives - the courage, skills, and knowledge they need to change and to effect change, our hope is to help shape the future of business and society in a positive and sustainable way,” says Marina Kundu.

Elected to her new post by faculty, Marina Kundu’s background puts her in a good position to take up this global mission. She is half Italian, half Indian and gained her Master of Arts from Yale University in the USA. After teaching at the University of Chatham in Pittsburgh, Marina moved to Paris to become Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Master of Public Affairs, and Deputy Director of International Affairs at Sciences Po. In September 2008 she joined HEC Executive Education as Director of the full portfolio of Degree and Certificate Programs. She has also been closely associated with the renowned Trium Global MBA program co-founded by HEC Paris, New York University Stern School of Business, and London School of Economics.

HEC Paris is itself well placed to take on this global mission with its bases now firmly established in China, Russia and Qatar where it is member of the Qatar Foundation. The workshop, run by Prof. Valérie Gauthier, exemplified this core mission as well as providing a launch pad for more workshops in the future exclusively for women.

“The objective of the workshop is to further develop the leadership and entrepreneurial capabilities of women in Qatar,” said Professor Laoucine Kerbache, CEO and Academic Dean of HEC Paris in Qatar. “This is in line with our fundamental role of developing managerial skills and unlocking talent which contributes to greater economic diversification and sustainability, and an improved global corporate competiveness for Qatar.”

“Within this context, we plan to organize more of such workshops. In the long-term, we aim at developing recurrent management development programs designed for women in Qatar,” he added. “Based on the active involvement and positive feedback of participants, we are to pursue this goal intensively.”


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