Opening Ceremony - Main Conference Area

    • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

    Registration & Networking

    • 09:00 am - 09:05 am

    Mc Opening Remarks

    Dr. Bader Abdullah Al Esmael, Head of CSR Committee, Qatar University
    • 09:05 am - 09:10 am

    Welcome Note

    Dr. Omar Mohamed Al-Ansari, President, Qatar University
    • 09:10 am - 09:15 am

    Opening Keynote Address

    H.E. Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education
    • 09:15 am - 09:20 am

    Keynote Address

    Mohammed Abdulrazaq Al-Siddiqi, Financial & Administrative Affairs Director, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
    • 09:20 am - 09:25 am

    Keynote Address

    Senior Representative of QNB
    • 09:25 am - 09:30 am

    Keynote Address

    Senior Representative of Ooredoo

    • 09:30 am - 09:45 am

    Awarding CSR Person of the Year

    • 09:45 am - 10:15 am

    VIP Exhibition Tour

      Integrating of Circular Principles into Business Operations

      • 10:15 am - 10:20 am

      Partnerships to accelerate progress towards the implementation of SDGs

      Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with ILO

      Max Tunon, Head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Qatar

      • 10:20 am - 10:30 am

      Keynote Presentation

      Anita Lebiar, Regional Head Middle East, East Europe & Central Asia, United Nations Global Compact
      • 10:30 am - 10:45 am

      Fostering Social Change: Mubadara's Leadership in Qatar's CSR Landscape

      Jack Saba, General Manager, Mubadara for Social Impact
      • 10:45 am - 11:00 am

      QNB Beyond Banking - Corporate Social Responsibility

      Senior Representative of QNB
      • 11:00 am - 11:15 am

      Ooredoo Supports Social Investment, Affordable Education in CSR Initiative

      Senior Representative of Ooredoo
      • 11:15 am - 11:30 am

      The Future of CSR in a Circular Economy

      Sheikha Jawaher Mohammed Al-Thani, Head of Inspection & Control, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

      • 11:30 am - 11:45 am

      Linking CSR to Sustainability Performance: A Multi-case Study Approach in Qatari Companies

      Dr. Abdullah Al-Swidi, As. Professor of Management, College of Business and Economics, Qatar University
      • 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

      Coffee & Prayer Break

      • 12:15 pm - 13:00 pm

      Panel Discussion: Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with ILO, GBSN & Victoria Forum

      Pathways to Sustainability: Business Schools and Stakeholders Joining Forces

      • Collaboratively integrate sustainability principles
      • Forge industry alliances for impactful projects
      • Engage diverse stakeholders in decision-making for aligned sustainability goals

      Moderator

      • Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of College of Business & Economics, Qatar University

      Panelists

      • Prof. Dan LeClair, Chief Executive Officer, Global Business School Network (GBSN)
      • Prof. Anita Bhappu, Dean and Professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
      • Casper N. Edmonds, Head of Unit, Extractives, Energy & Manufacturing, International Labour Organization (ILO)
      • Hamad Mubarak Al-Hajri, Founder & CEO, Snoonu
      • 13:00 pm - 14:30 pm

      Lunch Break

      • 14:30 pm - 16:00 pm

      The Circular Economy: The Potential for Sustainable Enterprises and Decent Jobs

      Facilitated by ILO, the Ministry of Labour and Qatar University’s College of Business and Economics

      Session 1: The potential and pitfalls of the circular economy

      • What is the circular economy and why do we need it?
      • Government policies – what works and what does not?
      • How can we accelerate investments into the circular economy?
      • How to create more and better circular jobs?

      Moderator:

      • Casper N. Edmonds, Head of Unit, Extractives, Energy & Manufacturing, International Labour Organization (ILO)

      Panelists:

      • Ivonne Bojoh, Chief Executive Officer, Circular Economy Foundation
      • Namita Datta, Head of Solutions for Youth Employment, Global Jobs Practice, World Bank Group (WBG)
      • Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Global Collaboration, Sustainability Solutions, Finnish Government Think Tank SITRA
      • Representative of the Government of the Netherlands (TBC)
      • Representative of the Ministry of Labour of Qatar (TBC)
      • 16:00 pm

      End of Summit Day 1

        Workshops Meeting Room 102 - Stream A

        • 14:00 pm - 15:00 pm

        Redefining Global Supply Chain Sustainability in a Changing and Complex World: A Dynamic Executive Education Workshop for Forward-Thinking Leaders

        Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with Victoria Forum

        The introductory session offers an immersive, hands-on learning experience, challenging traditional business thinking. Participants will explore sustainability's role in global supply chains and its potential for long-term organizational success.

        Dr. Adel Guitouni, Assistant Professor, Gustavson School of Business, The University of Victoria

        • 15:00 pm - 16:00 pm

        Integration of Human Rights into the Accounting Courses

        Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with GBSN

        The workshop seeks to merge accounting education with human rights principles. Participants will discuss methods to incorporate human rights concepts into accounting curricula, empowering future accountants to make socially responsible decisions.

        • Prof. John Ferguson, Professor in Accounting, University of St Andrews (Scotland)
        • Dr. Yingru Li, Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance, ASBS, University of Glasgow

          Workshops Meeting Room 103 - Stream B Exclusive Session: by Invitation Only

          • 10:30 am - 16:00 pm

          Labour Issues in Responsible Supply Chain Management Session 1

          Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with ILO

          The workshop aims to develop a training package on Sustainable Supply Chain Management for MEBAS member universities. It focuses on SDG 8, emphasizing inclusive economic growth and decent work. Topics include global trade contexts, labor issues in supply chains, and best practices for competitiveness and optimization.

          Emily Sims, Snr. Specialist & Manager ILO Helpdesk for Business, International Labour Organization (ILO)

          • 16:30 pm

          End of Workshops Day 1

            Sustainable Futures: Navigating Compliance in the Circular Era - Main Conference Area

            • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

            Registration & Networking

            • 09:00 am - 09:05 am

            Mc Opening Remarks

            Dr. Bader Abdullah Al Esmael, Head of CSR Committee, Qatar University
            • 09:05 am - 10:30 am

            The Circular Economy: The Potential for Sustainable Enterprises and Decent Jobs

            Facilitated by ILO, the Ministry of Labour and Qatar University’s College of Business and Economics

            Session 2: The business case for circularity

            • Going circular by 2025 – are the goals of leading brands achievable?
            • Building a circular business – what can we learn from the founder?
            • How do we create an enabling environment for sustainable circular companies?
            • What are the skills needed to close the loop?

            Moderator:

            • Casper N. Edmonds, Head of Unit, Extractives, Energy & Manufacturing, International Labour Organization

            Panelists:

            • Dan Reid, Head of Secretariat, Circular Electronics Partnership, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
            • Marta Vanie Uetela, Founder, BioMec
            • Representative of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBC)
            • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

            Morning Coffee Break

              Innovative Solutions: Amplifying Social Impact in Sustainable Practices

              • 11:00 am - 11:15 am

              Empowering Our Community, Is the Heart of Everything We Do

              Senior Representative of Aamal Company

              • 11:15 am - 11:30 am

              Social Responsibility and its Relationship to Sustainability

              Senior Representative of Snoonu

              • 11:30 am - 11:45 am

              Sahtak Awalan - Your Health First

              Senior Representative of Weill Cornell Medicine

              • 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

              AAB CSR Initiatives & Strategies Achieved

              Senior Representative of Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co

              • 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

              Fmm CSR Initiatives: Contributing to the Social Challenges facing the Communities

              Senior Representative of Fmm

              • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

              Coffee & Prayer Break

              • 12:45 pm - 13:00 pm

              Awsaj Academy: Unlocking the learning potential of each student

              Senior Representative of Awsaj Academy

              • 13:00 pm - 13:15 pm

              Building a Tech4Good Product: How it Transforms the way talabat Impacts Society?

              Dimitra Theodoropulus, Director Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, talabat

              • 13:15 pm - 13:30 pm

              Ibtechar, Sanea: The global model for enabling practical innovation

              Senior Representative of Sanea

              • 13:30 pm - 13:45 pm

              QCSR Initiatives and Awareness towards Social Responsibility

              Senior Representative of Qatar Cancer Society
              • 13:45 pm - 14:00 pm

              Crafting Sustainability: Gulfcrafts' Journey Towards Responsible Design & Manufacturing

              Anastasia Volokhova, Brand Strategy Manager, Gulfcrafts

              • 14:00 pm - 14:15 pm

              Digitalization of Corporate Social Responsibility

              Senior Representative of A101

              • 14:15 pm - 15:15 pm

              Lunch Break

              • 15:15 pm - 16:30 pm

              Finance for Impact: Integrating Sustainability into Core Finance Courses

              Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with Victoria Forum

              This workshop focuses on the imperative integration of sustainability principles within traditional finance education. It delves into strategies for embedding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into core finance curricula. Participants will explore innovative teaching methods and case studies, equipping educators to empower future finance professionals to navigate the intersection of finance & sustainability with expertise & responsibility.

              Dr. Basma Majerbi, Assistant Professor of Finance, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

              • 16:30 pm

              End of Summit Day 2

                Workshops Meeting Room 102 - Stream A

                • 14:00 pm - 15:30 pm

                The Changing Landscape of Labour Rights and Responsibilities in Business: Implications for Business Schools in the Middle East

                Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with ILO & GBSN

                Moderators:

                • Prof. Dan LeClair, Chief Executive Officer, Global Business School Network (GBSN)
                • Alix Nasri, Technical Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)

                Panelists:

                • Charles Autheman, Lecturer on Business and Human Rights, HEC Paris
                • Maria Gallotti, Migration Policy Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)

                  Workshops Meeting Room 103 - Stream B Exclusive Session: by Invitation Only

                  • 10:30 am - 16:00 pm

                  Labour issues in Responsible Supply Chain Management Session 2

                  Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with ILO

                  The workshop aims to develop a training package on Sustainable Supply Chain Management for MEBAS member universities. It focuses on SDG 8, emphasizing inclusive economic growth and decent work. Topics include global trade contexts, labor issues in supply chains, and best practices for competitiveness and optimization.

                  Emily Sims, Snr. Specialist & Manager ILO Helpdesk for Business, International Labour Organization (ILO)

                  • 16:00 pm

                  End of Workshops Day 2

                    Recent International Developments in Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Are companies adequately prepared? Do they have access to the necessary skills within the local market?

                    • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

                    Registration & Networking

                    • 09:00 am - 09:10 am

                    Introduction & Event overview

                    • Marie-José Tayah, Technical Specialist for Social Dialogue, International Labour Organization (ILO) - Qatar
                    • Tine Tytgat, Regional RBC Policy Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
                    • 09:10 am - 09:15 am

                    Keynote Address

                    Sheikha Najwa Al-Thani, Assistant Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, Ministry of Labour

                    • 09:15 am - 10:00 am

                    Panel Discussion: Enforcement Across Jurisdictions: Setting the Groundwork

                    • What is the timeline for companies to align their business practices with the new directives?
                    • What efforts are delegations undertaking in Qatar and the GCC to assist their companies in aligning their practices with these new directives?
                    • What specific support is required from the national ecosystem to effectively bring their efforts to fruition?

                    Moderator:

                    • Peter Rademaker, Deputy Regional Director & Decent Work Team Director, ILO in the Arab States

                    Panelists:

                    • H.E. Dr. Christian Tudor, European Union Resident Ambassador to Qatar
                    • H.E. Ferdinand Lahnstein, Ambassador, Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar
                    • H.E. Florence Tinguely Mattli, Ambassador, Switzerland to Qatar
                    • 10:00 am - 10:55 am

                    Panel Discussion: Emerging Practices for Building an RBC-Ready National Ecosystem

                    • How can academia better prepare future managers for RBC? Needed partnerships, research, curriculum adjustments, community engagement?
                    • How do Chambers & global business community boost RBC awareness & empower HR directors and CEOs?
                    • What is the relationship between Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and attracting investments?

                    Moderator:

                    • Marie-José Tayah, Technical Specialist for Social Dialogue, International Labour Organization (ILO)

                    Panelists:

                    • Sabine de Bruijn, Coordinating policy officer for RBC, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                    • Julia Batho, Deputy Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business
                    • Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of College of Business & Economics, Qatar University
                    • Sandrine Lescaroux, President, Chambre de Commerce France-Qatar
                    • Ahmed ElIdrisy, HSE, ESG and Sustainability Manager, Qatar Free Zones Authority
                    • Sheikha Amna Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Strategy Hub
                    • 10:55 am - 11:00 am

                    Closing Remarks

                    Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of College of Business & Economics, Qatar University
                    • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

                    Morning Coffee Break

                    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

                    The Circular Economy: The Potential for Sustainable Enterprises & Decent Jobs

                    Facilitated by ILO, the Ministry of Labour and Qatar University’s College of Business and Economics

                    Session 3: Creating a circular economy that works for all

                    During this third and final session, all speakers and experts will be invited to a roundtable discussion on how we can create a circular economy that works for all. Bringing policymakers, investors, business associations and entrepreneurs to the same table, the speakers will be asked to focus on the investments, policies, and concrete actions we need to accelerate the transition to circularity and harness the potential for sustainable enterprises and decent jobs.

                    Moderator:

                    • Casper N. Edmonds, Head of Unit, Extractives, Energy & Manufacturing, International Labour Organization (ILO)
                    • 12:30 pm - 13:00 pm

                    Coffee & Prayer Break

                    • 13:00 pm - 14:00 pm

                    Panel discussion: UN-Business Partnerships to foster Sustainable Development: best practices by UNESCO & UNGC

                    • Engage Qatar's corporate sector for sustainability, digital inclusion, and education to advance the 2030 Agenda with UNESCO, UN Global Compact, and private sector involvement
                    • Forge Qatar partnerships for CSR agendas, leveraging collaboration, addressing country-specific issues, and creating shared value through projects and ventures.
                    • Inspire participants to take concrete actions within their respective organizations and communities to contribute to the 2030 Agenda in Qatar

                    Moderator: TBC

                    Panelists:

                    • Julien Pellaux, Director of Partnerships, UNESCO
                    • Camilla Nordheim, Head of Section for Cooperation with Private Sector, UNESCO
                    • Anita Lebiar, Head of Regional Office for Middle East, United Nations Global Compact
                    • Alexandra Tarazi, Head of Programmes, United Nations Global Compact
                    • Senior Representative of SASOL
                    • Senior Representative of Alfardan
                    • 14:00 pm - 15:00 pm

                    Lunch Break

                    • 15:00 pm - 16:00 pm

                    Paradigm Shift Toward Regenerative Business Models in Business Education

                    Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with Victoria Forum

                    This workshop delves into transformative approaches for integrating regenerative business models into education. Participants will explore strategies to infuse sustainability, innovation, and ethical practices into business curricula, fostering a new generation of responsible leaders.

                    Dr. Adel Guitouni, Assistant Professor, Gustavson School of Business, The University of Victoria

                      Workshops Meeting Room 103 - Stream B Exclusive Session: by Invitation Only

                      • 10:30 am - 16:00 pm

                      Labour issues in Responsible Supply Chain Management Session 3

                      Facilitated by MEBAS in collaboration with ILO

                      The workshop aims to develop a training package on Sustainable Supply Chain Management for MEBAS member universities. It focuses on SDG 8, emphasizing inclusive economic growth and decent work. Topics include global trade contexts, labor issues in supply chains, and best practices for competitiveness and optimization.

                      Emily Sims, Snr. Specialist & Manager ILO Helpdesk for Business, International Labour Organization (ILO)

                      • 16:00 pm

                      End of Qatar CSR Summit 2024

                      quick link icon

                      Exhibition

                      The ideal platform to present your CSR programs and related products

                      quick link icon

                      conference

                      Addressing the environmental & economic challenges from around the globe

                      quick link icon

                      Awards

                      Recognizing achievements contributing to the development of CSR and sustainability in Qatar

                      quick link icon

                      Report

                      Qatar CSR National Report documenting CSR achievements in the country