Doha, 30 November 2017: TAFAWOQ, Qatar Shell’s world-class project management centre of excellence, recently celebrated the conclusion of its fall courses. Approximately 233 project professionals successfully completed the programme, including 104 Qataris, with participants coming from some of Qatar’s leading companies.

TAFAWOQ, which is the Arabic for ‘excellence’, is a partnership between Qatar Shell, Qatar Petroleum Qatar University and Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU). The program helps local professionals develop the project management competencies they need to help successfully deliver Qatar’s capital investment projects, in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030. TAFAWOQ is a fully accredited Association for Project Management (APM) training provider.

The courses included Managing Opportunity and Project Risk, Managing Project Controls, Essentials of Project Management, Applying Project Controls, Effective Project Contracting and Contributing to Projects.

Bader Al-Jaidah, Director of TAFAWOQ, said, “Qatar has established itself as a global leader in capital investment projects to help diversify and strengthen the economy. Qatar Shell, as the largest international investor in Qatar, is proud to support these efforts by developing project management capabilities in the professionals taking on these challenges.”

Among the participants were representatives from Qatar Petroleum, Astad, Qatar Gas, Oryx GTL and Qatar Shell.

Among the trainers leading the TAFAWOQ programme were John Algar of the Cranfield University School of Management; Sally Jabaley, president of Jabaley Consulting LLC; and Harvey Maylor, senior fellow in management practice at the University of Oxford-Said Business School.

Since its inception in 2012, TAFAWOQ has graduated more than 904 professional students.

TAFAWOQ courses include virtual learning, work-based activities and face-to-face training based on the internationally recognised and accredited Shell Project Academy “Pentagon model” ensuring industry professionals receive both executive education and critically also ongoing competence development support.

Doha, 1 November 2017: TAFAWOQ, Qatar Shell’s world-class project management centre of excellence, recently kicked off its fall session of courses. Approximately 90 professionals are taking part, including 38 Qataris, with participants coming from some of Qatar’s leading companies.

TAFAWOQ, which is the Arabic for ‘excellence’, is a partnership between Qatar Shell, Qatar Petroleum and Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU). The program helps local professionals develop the project management competencies they need to help successfully deliver Qatar’s capital investment projects, in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030. TAFAWOQ is a fully accredited Association for Project Management (APM) training provider.

The fall session courses include Managing Project Controls, Essentials of Project Management, Managing Opportunity and Project Risk, and Contributing to Projects.

Bader Al-Jaidah, Director of TAFAWOQ, said, “Qatar has established itself as a global leader in capital investment projects to help diversify and strengthen the economy. Qatar Shell, as the largest international investor in Qatar, is proud to support these efforts by developing project management capabilities in the professionals taking on these challenges.”

Among the trainers leading the TAFAWOQ programme are John Algar of the Cranfield University School of Management; Sally Jabaley, president of Jabaley Consulting LLC; and Harvey Maylor, senior fellow in management practice at the University of Oxford-Said Business School.

Since its inception in 2012, TAFAWOQ has graduated more than 800 professional students.

TAFAWOQ courses include virtual learning, work-based activities and face-to-face training based on the internationally recognised and accredited Shell Project Academy “Pentagon model” ensuring industry professionals receive both executive education and critically also ongoing competence development support.

TAFAWOQ is happy to share with you the schedule of 2015.

We will continue to deliver to you our unique blended learning courses that are aimed at growing Qatar’s project management capability.

If you are looking to improve your project management skills, or if you are one of our community members and you wish to advance further within this field, TAFAWOQ is here to support you in order to achieve your goals.

If you are interested in any of our course offerings, please contact the learning department within your organization and they can get in touch with us on your behalf.

2015 English Schedule - TAFAWOQ Welcomes Project Professionals to Join 2015 Courses

TAFAWOQ has recently held a series of Risk Management workshops for professionals from ASTAD, Qatar’s leading Project Management Consultancy.

The customised courses form part of a learning agreement signed between ASTAD and TAFAWOQ. The bespoke workshops were designed for ASTAD’s specific needs and delivered by a group of world-class project management professionals to ensure continued investment in the professional development of these project managers.

Commenting on the first of its kind partnership with ASTAD, Saad Rashid Al Muhannadi, Technical Director of QP and Chairman of TAFAWOQ’s Joint Steering Committee, said, “The success of the ‘Best Practice Risk Management Workshop’ with ASTAD demonstrates TAFAWOQ’s value beyond the energy industry. We are keen to share the relevant skills and experience with Qatar’s broader project management community. We also want to provide people in Qatar with the opportunity to acquire leadership and project management skills in order to increase the country’s professional capacity and build on the Qatar National Vision 2030. “

He added, “We are confident that by nurturing project management professionals such as those at ASTAD, we will drive Qatar’s extraordinary capital investment projects.”

In total, more than 60 employees from ASTAD participated in four sessions, gaining a wide range of relevant and applicable risk management skills that were later applied to a real ASTAD case study. Prior to moving to the next level, the participants were then required to pass the Association of Project Management (APM) Project Risk Management Level 1 Exam.

Ali Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa, CEO of ASTAD, said, “The skillset our employees have acquired as a result of TAFAWOQ’s Risk Management sessions will strengthen ASTAD’s project management consultancy services for complex and challenging infrastructure and building projects here in Qatar. We are delighted with our collaboration with TAFAWOQ, and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Confirming their positive experience with the TAFAWOQ Workshops, participants from ASTAD had a variety of positive comments to share.

Ahmad Al-Anbari, Project Engineer, said, “The course has assisted us to apply Risk Management to our projects in an organised structured manner. The quality of the course as a whole was excellent.”

Another participant, Mohamed Al-Marzouqi, Project Manager, noted, “I consider the course a good first step in Risk Management. The instructors were very well experienced and professional; they facilitated the case studies in a very practical manner which will enhance our way of thinking when initiating, identifying, assessing and implementing risk planning. In addition, the course has helped us to look at a risk as an opportunity rather than a threat only. “

TAFAWOQ is currently working on developing and organising the next level of Risk Management workshop for ASTAD, which will be delivered at the end of 2014.

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.”

On May 7, 2014 TAFAWOQ will host its 4th Project Management Community Event. For this event, which will be held at the 4-Seasons Hotel, starting at 13.00 hrs, TAFAWOQ is proud to announce that it has secured the most sought after speaker in the industry. Ed Merrow is the Founder and President of Independent Project Analysis, the industry leader in the quantitative analysis of project management systems. During an interactive session Ed Merrow will share with us his views on why so many projects fail, and how projects in the GCC are different from the rest of the world, based on data collected from more than 14,500 process plants projects,1,548 upstream projects, as well as more than 340 information technology projects.
ipa proj anal - TAFAWOQ Community Event Welcomes Ed Merrow, CEO of IPA on May 7, 2014

Since its founding in 1987, Independent Project Analysis (IPA) has rapidly evolved into the preeminent consultancy in project evaluation and in project system benchmarking, and has become the industry leader in the quantitative analysis of project management systems. Our staff of over 200 project and research analysis professionals at 7 offices on 5 continents serves hundreds of clients. The largest oil companies, chemical producers, pharmaceutical companies, minerals and mining companies, and consumer products manufacturers enhance their capital productivity using IPA’s Project Evaluation System and project system benchmarking services.

Ed Merrow, Founder and President of Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA), is recognized around the world as a subject matter expert in the execution of large and complex megaprojects and capital projects in general. Ed’s broad knowledge of capital projects is sought out by Fortune 500 company executives and professionals worldwide. His expertise in megaprojects is built on decades of research on the unique challenges of these complex investments. With the recent surge in megaproject activity across the oil, minerals, and chemical industries in all parts of the world, Ed’s studies are motivated by the need to understand the complex behaviors of megaprojects and to identify the drivers of megaproject success and failure. Ed’s years of analysis and research have culminated in the publication of his latest work, Industrial Megaprojects: Concepts, Strategies, and Practices for Success.

We are proud to announce that the Association for Project Management (APM) has awarded TAFAWOQ the status of accredited APM training provider. As a result we are now able to offer the participants of the next Essentials of Project Management Course (EoPM+) also the opportunity to go through formal examination and receive a certificate of accreditation in accordance with APMP, IPMA Level D.

The new status of TAFAWOQ as accredited APM training provider is the first step towards creating formal Qatar IPMA membership organisation. This membership organisation will consists of the TAFAWOQ alumni, and will allow its members to have full access to the suite of information and world-wide events organised by IPMA, APM and other IPMA membership organisations. With the Alumni of the EoPM programme now being offered the opportunity to be assessed and accredited as per APMP, IPMA Level D, it is expected that the Qatar IPMA membership organisation will be formally inaugurated at our fall 2014 TAFAWOQ Community event.

There are more than 230 graduates of TAFAWOQ’s programme who now form Qatar’s Project Management Community. TAFAWOQ’s courses are unique as they rely heavily on experience-based learning, with project managers of varying levels, from many of Qatar’s key sectors, sharing information of their real-life experiences and best practices.

Aside from its project management courses, TAFAWOQ also holds biannual community networking and learning events to explore challenging issues that could impact Qatar’s development. At the previous summer’s mid-year community event, TAFAWOQ gathered its members together for frank and thought-provoking discussions on ways to better manage contractors who deliver Qatar’s large-scale infrastructure projects. The session featured keynote presentations from world-class industry and academia experts.

In his welcome speech at this end of year community event, Saad Al Muhannadi, Chairman of the TAFAWOQ Joint Steering Committee and Technical Director at QP said, “Theory and practice is the foundation of a strong community, and it is precisely this strong community which gives TAFAWOQ its unique identity. It complements the training programme, building the competence not only through learning, but also through discussion, and sharing experience.”

“TAFAWOQ’s community has doubled in 2013, with 230 professionals taking one of our eight prestigious courses – more than double the number we started with compared to last year. The skills gained from our courses not only relate to the energy sector, but also to other national infrastructure projects which are absolutely crucial to Qatar’s development,” added Al Muhannadi.

TAFAWOQ’s Director, Bader Al-Jaidah is also thrilled with its progress and success. “It has been an exciting year for us as we have expanded the number of courses on offer,” he says. “We first laid the foundations of the project management community in 2012, and the professionals with us today have developed it into a thriving platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices. Considering the progress that has already been made since its inception, I am confident that TAFAWOQ can continue to blossom and, as its name suggests, become a byword for excellence amongst project management professionals across Qatar.”

Dr. Khalid Al- Khanji, VP of Student Affairs at HBKU and a member of the TAFAWOQ steering committee, is certain that TAFAWOQ is a vital component in the accomplishment of two of Qatar’s most important milestones. “We’re working towards the World Cup 2022 and the Qatar National Vision 2030,” he says, “and the achievement of these goals requires talent and knowledge in project managers.”

With this aim in mind, the recent end-of-year community gathering placed the pressing topic of workers’ welfare at the top of the agenda. Compelling ideas on the subject were shared by key organisations, and the community agreed that such initiatives can improve project performance and support Qatar’s National Development Strategy.

According to presenters, there is no doubt that the well-being of workers is a key issue. As a sign of its commitment to this area, Qatar Shell and Qatar Foundation recently joined forces to share knowledge on enhancing the safety and comfort levels of migrant workers.

The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed in June, will, according to Al-Jaidah, “allow the two organisations to work together to develop best practices for workers’ welfare programmes, resulting in better living and working conditions on large-scale construction projects in Qatar.”

“Qatar Foundation, Qatari Diar Vinci Construction, Gulf Drilling International and Qatar Shell are organisations that should already be proud for showcasing their skill and innovation in projects,” he continues. “Their experiences have proven that proper management of workers’ welfare produces measurable results, both in terms of increased productivity and decreased fatality rates.”

“Taking care of our workers is the right thing to do,” Saad Al Muhannadi stresses, “not only from a human perspective but also from a project management perspective, resulting in increased productivity, improved quality, better safety records and a better project performance overall. Take care of your people and they will take care of your project.”

On 10 December 2012, a memorable gala dinner was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Doha to mark the progress already made in delivering TAFAWOQ courses to industry professionals. In the presence of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of QP and H.E. Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, President of HBKU and Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation, a total of 95 project professionals celebrated the completion of learning programmes provided by the Project Management Centre of Excellence.

Recent graduates of the courses were delighted to find themselves receiving their certificates from such distinguished guests and were thrilled to be photographed with H.E. Minister Al-Sada.

Graduates from previous course were also recognised during the evening and stood to receive a round of applause and there was an overwhelming sense of pride in bringing together the foundation of a project management cadre in Qatar.

In a key note address Dick Wynberg, Head of Shell Project Academy and three of the course participants stressed the importance of managing your own competency development as if your are managing a project, with clear objectives and a roadmap how to get there.

Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, delivered a speech praising the achievements of the graduates and thanking QP and the Joint Steering Committee for their unwavering support. He said, “I would like to begin by expressing my deepest gratitude to Qatar Petroleum and specifically to His Excellency Dr. Al Sada for his continuous support, which has played a crucial role in the launch of this development partnership TAFAWOQ.”

Mr. Sawan congratulated the participants and encouraged them to further build their competencies in project management. “I urge you to continue to network and exchange knowledge in order to deliver Qatar’s extraordinary capital investment programme,” he said.

H.E. Minister Al Sada also delivered his congratulations and said, “We have great expectations for all of you here today. You now belong to this newly formed Project Management Community, a community which will support you in your journey.” He also congratulated Shell for their contribution to this initiative and encouraged them to continue the outstanding work they are doing in supporting the development of the State of Qatar.

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On October 4, 2012, a new partnership between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell to provide a permanent home for TAFAWOQ has been signed with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU). The signing took place in the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) at the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (STCA), a world-class research facility.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, PhD, President of HBKU and Vice President of Education at QF, signed the Memorandum of Understanding along with Saad Rashid Al-Muhannadi, Chairman of the TAFAWOQ Joint Steering Committee and Director Technical of QP and Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies. The signing was also witnessed by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar and Chairman & Managing Director of QP, and Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Shell.

Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, President of HBKU and Vice President of Education at QF, said how happy he was to welcome Shell and QP to their international community and how proud he was that HBKU is to be the base of TAFAWOQ. “This partnership will increase the range of opportunities available to our students, helping them acquire the skills and knowledge needed by leaders who operate at a global level. This will bring considerable benefits to Qatar’s society and economy. The presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza today is the best confirmation of the significance of this new partnership for Qatar,” he said.

“We are honoured to receive the support of Her Highness Sheikha Moza on this initiative. The fact that we all are committed to the transfer of knowledge to the young generation will significantly promote the establishment of the project management profession in the State of Qatar in support of the National Vision 2030 under the wise direction of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani,” said Saad Al-Muhannadi, Chairman of the TAFAWOQ Joint Steering Committee and Director Technical of QP who also said that he believed the Project Management Centre of Excellence will provide Qataris with the opportunity to acquire the leadership and project management competencies to contribute to the sustainable growth of the country.

Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies commented on the long-standing strategic partnership between Shell and QP and said how honored they were to have Her Highness witnessing the expansion of the partnership with Hamad bin Khalifa University. “In addition to providing a permanent home for TAFAWOQ, this new partnership between HBKU, QP and Qatar Shell, will provide the opportunity for HBKU students to receive executive educational learning and training opportunities,” he said.