Qatar Shell’s TAFAWOQ Project Management Centre of Excellence has been honoured as the best Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in Qatar’s energy sector at the inaugural Al Sharq CSR Awards ceremony.
Qatar Shell and Qatar Football Association’s (QFA) KOORA TIME initiative also picked up the Dar Al Sharq CSR Award for best Sports initiative.
KOORA TIME is a five-year sustainable initiative designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through football. The programme provides each child with an additional 96 hours of physical activity over its 24-week duration.
This award caps a great year for KOORA TIME initiative following recognition at the Sport Industry Awards 2014 for ‘Best Youth Development Initiative’ and the AFC Dream of Asia Award in the area of social responsibility. Judges were impressed by findings published by an independent sports education research agency showing that the program had significantly improved the Body Mass Index (BMI) rate of 89% of participants from the first and second season.
The awards ceremony, which featured 30 companies from different sectors, competing to demonstrate how their CSR initiatives best bridged the gap between society and the business sector, was held under the esteemed patronage of Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al Thani, Qatar’s Central Bank Governor and in the presence of H.E. Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali, Minister of Youth & Sports.
TAFAWOQ, which was founded by partners Qatar Petroleum (QP), Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Qatar Shell, was recognised as the best CSR initiative of the year for continuously contributing to a thriving project management community in Qatar and supporting the country in its delivery of an extraordinary portfolio of capital investment projects in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
“At Qatar Shell we are committed to supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030 by working with Qatari partners to create and deliver long-term contributions to society that generate measurable social impact,” said Mohammed AbuJbara, CSR Manager at Qatar Shell, after receiving the top CSR award by H.E. Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali.
“These national awards acknowledge just how much the private sector can contribute to society and we hope others are inspired to follow suit,” he added.
TAFAWOQ is built on the principles of Shell’s Project Academy, an internationally recognised and accredited programme, which ensures that project professionals receive executive education and training opportunities, and draws on Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) extensive experience in building large-scale capital projects. Shell and QP partnered to deliver Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids project, in Ras Laffan, Qatar. Meanwhile, HBKU will be the permanent home of TAFAWOQ to ensure its long-term sustainability and ongoing connection to academic research in the field of project management.
Bader Al Jaidah, Director of TAFAWOQ, said the award was a “testimony” to the ongoing success of TAFAWOQ in training project professionals across Qatar and the Gulf region.
“Our aim is to develop a sustainable project management community in Qatar that will lead the nation into a prosperous future, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030,” Al Jaidah said.
With more than 350 participants already taking part in the programme, “TAFAWOQ is making great progress in demonstrating how organisations can draw on their expertise and partnerships to aid the advancement of the communities they serve,” Al Jaidah added.
TAFAWOQ offers a variety of learning courses; last year TAFAWOQ’s ‘Essentials of Project Management’ course was awarded international accreditation by the Association for Project Management (APM) in recognition of its growing reputation.
In addition TAFAWOQ hosts regular community events that act as a platform for project management professionals to discuss crucial topics that address key challenges in the field, find applicable solutions, and make important recommendations.
For information about TAFAWOQ and its programmes please visit: www.tafawoq.com
For information about KOORA TIME please visit www.Facebook.com/kooratime
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