Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), a pillar of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), hosted its first-ever ‘Research Dialogue’ session recently.

The seminar, entitled ‘Building an Innovation Ecosystem In Qatar’, was organised as part of the wider series designed to bring together researchers from around the country. The talk was led by Dr Maher Hakim, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ). The discussion series, which engages with stakeholders in strategy and research, will be held once every two months.

As one of the main pillars of QF, QF R&D plays an active role in promoting QF’s vision of cultivating life-long learning and interests in many areas, including science and research in Qatar, in a bid to foster a progressive knowledge-based society.

Dr Hamad Al Ibrahim, QF R&D Executive Vice President, commented on the launch of the Research Dialogue series said:

The aim of these discussions is to help build a platform with our stakeholders and the local community for the importance of creating synergy, common understanding and expectations, and the needed research ecosystem and culture that will empower and drive the research agenda in Qatar. This will allow us to explore and discuss different opinions and voices towards topics of interest. We look forward to hosting many more seminars that will contribute to the local research and development community.’

Dr Hakim, also commenting on his talk, said:

Qatar Foundation has many of the key components of a vibrant innovative and entrepreneurship hub. This includes world-class scientific research, top global universities, financial resources, a diverse community, and an open free zone. We just need to bring these components together and complement them with the right processes and incentives to excel and reward entrepreneurship and risk taking.’

The event was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) and the presentation was followed by an in-depth Q&A session.

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