A programme for emerging leaders in Qatar.

The programme

Common Purpose Navigator will bring together emerging leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who live and work in Qatar to tackle a challenge focused on entrepreneurship. The programme will introduce them to working together in a fresh and exciting way and, as a result, they will develop innovative ideas for fostering entrepreneurship.

How does it work?

Established leaders from different organisations in Qatar identify the entrepreneurship challenge.

This challenge provides the framework for the programme. Over four days participants are guided through a process of creativity and innovation, including visits to organisations across Doha and sessions with senior leaders from Doha and around the world. The participants will explore the challenge from every possible angle and will see both the problems and the possible solutions in practice.

Participants work up practical ideas in response to the challenge, which they present to a panel of senior leaders at the end of the programme. They then work on their ideas individually and collectively, building long-lasting connections and developing projects that can be prototyped in the ‘real world’ beyond the programme.

Who is it for?

Applications are invited from exceptional leaders in the early to mid-stage of their careers from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

All applicants must be residents of Qatar and we expect that the majority of participants will be Qatari nationals.

Participants will be high achievers and skilled practitioners in their chosen fields. They will be recognised as those who will rapidly progress to even more senior roles, for example an entrepreneur looking to expand their business, the director of a team in a multinational organisation or a family business, a fast-tracked government employee working across departments and looking to head up their first big team, or the founder of a social enterprise.

All applications will be reviewed by the Navigator Advisory Group which will be comprised of leaders from organisations across the sectors in Qatar.

Why take part?

Common Purpose Navigator encourages participants to work in new directions and develop innovative approaches. The experience will help participants to:

  • grow as leaders, by exposing them to people who lead differently
  • stretch their analytical and creative skills, by exposing them to a new approach to innovation
  • understand entrepreneurship in Qatar, by exploring the challenges and opportunities
  • develop their Cultural Intelligence, the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures, by throwing them into
  • build new networks, by giving them access to participants and contributors they might otherwise never meet
  • develop their influencing skills, by putting them in front of senior decision makers to present their findings.
Rob Sherwin, General Manager Corporate Affairs & Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell

“We are proud to contribute actively, together with our partners Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC), Social Development Center (SDC) and Silatech, to the Common Purpose ‘Navigator’ programme, as this will play an important role in engaging future leaders and entrepreneurs in some of the practical issues and challenges raised by the Qatar National Vision 2030 by helping them to be more innovative, more entrepreneurial, and better leaders.”

Eman Al Sabah, Project Manager, AECOM, Participant, Common Purpose Itijah Programme 2014

“This experience has been thrilling ... The outcome is beyond expectations.”

Application details

Date and location

9-12 May 2016 Doha, Qatar

For more information

Please contact:
Joanna Hancox
Email: joanna.hancox@commonpurpose.org 
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7608 8102
Skype: cpuk-jom

What is the cost?

QAR 3,950

There are a limited number of full and part scholarships available for those who are unable to afford the full fee.

Cost includes tuition, materials, lunches and transportation during the four days.

This is a non-residential programme.

Application criteria

Applications are invited from exceptional leaders in the early to mid stages of their careers. You will be a skilled practitioner in your field and keen to develop as you move towards even more senior roles within your organisation or sector.

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • An established record of leadership achievement and experience
  • Ability to work with a diverse group to solve complex problems
  • Commitment to engage with wider society/public life
  • Interest in innovation and entrepreneurship

All applications will be sent to the Navigator Advisory Group, who will review the forms. Some applicants may be invited to interview.