TAFAWOQ, the world-class Project Management Centre of Excellence held its mid-year ‘Project Management Community Event’ on 07 May 2014.

Hosted by TAFAWOQ’s Joint Steering Committee, which includes partners Qatar Petroleum (QP), Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), and Qatar Shell, the event included engaging discussions that followed on from a keynote presentation by Ed Merrow, who is a world-renowned expert in the execution of complex capital and megaprojects.

The discussions came after an announcement by Saad Rashid Al Muhannadi, Technical Director of QP and Chairman of TAFAWOQ’s Joint Steering Committee, who said: “The collaboration between QP, Hamad bin Khalifa University, and Qatar Shell has demonstrated what the optimum combination of expertise can accomplish. I am extremely proud to announce that the Association for Project Management (APM) recently awarded TAFAWOQ the status of accredited APM training provider.”

“As a result, TAFAWOQ is now able to offer all participants of ‘Essentials of Project Management Course’ the opportunity to go through formal examination to receive a certificate of accreditation,” he added.

TAFAWOQ holds bi-annual events to explore challenging issues that could impact Qatar’s development. At this event, discussions focused on ‘IndustrialMegaprojects: Concepts, strategies and practices for success’. TAFAWOQ now has alumni consisting of more than 200 project professionals from eight Qatari companies and organizations, namely QP, HBKU, Shell, Qatargas, Astad, Oryx GTL, Qatari Diar, Qatar Foundation, in addition to Kuwait Oil Company, and Petroleum Development Oman.

Dr. Khalid Al Khanji, Vice President of Student Affairs at HBKU and Member of TAFAWOQ’s Joint Steering Committee, said: “The success of this networking event highlights the vital role TAFAWOQ continues to play in supporting Qatar’s National Development Strategy and is a testament to the importance of collaboration across the academic, government and private sectors. Indeed Ed Merrow’s presentation about the ‘Industrial Mega-projects, concepts, strategies and practices for success’ sparked some insightful discussions and valuable recommendations.”

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