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News : QFB launches its ‘Knowledge Excellence Series’

Bank launches high level series of speaker events, seminars and workshops for business community

Qatar First Bank (QFB), the independent Shari’ah compliant bank authorised and regulated by QFC Regulatory Authority. QFB is dedicated to providing bespoke financial services and investment opportunities to High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), corporate and institutional investors, today announced the launch of its ‘Knowledge Excellence Series’.

The “Knowledge Excellence Series” is part of QFB’s wider Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that focuses on education and promotion of knowledge. This comes in alignment with Qatar’s National Vision of which education is a key pillar. The “Knowledge Excellence Series” is a platform to facilitate knowledge exchange among different segments of society through the hosting of regular speaker events, workshops, educational and lifestyle events focusing on a wide range of topics including finance, economics, investments, health, education and art.

To kick off the series, on 1st February, QFB will host, Financial expert Nili Gilbert, Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager for Matarin Capita with responsibility for hedge fund and long-only equity strategies, at its recently launched premium Private Banking Lounge. Nili is regularly invited to share her extensive investment insights on CNBC television network. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with a BA from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in a Special Concentration in Economics and Social Studies, and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, where she was a Toigo Fellow.

Nili was selected as a winner of the Toigo Bridge to Business 2011 award, and as a 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2013 Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Scholar. She chairs the Finance and Investment Committees of the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute, an organization founded and chaired by Peggy Dulany, the daughter of renowned American banker, David Rockefeller. Gilbert is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she sits on its International Affairs Fellows Selection Committee and its Term Member Advisory Committee.

Mr Ziad Makkawi, QFB’s Chief Executive Officer said: “Education is key in driving economic growth. Our “Knowledge Excellence Series” aim to support Qatar’s initiatives to become a knowledge based economy. Our intention is to develop a platform that will accelerate the transfer of knowledge and information sharing by bringing together industry practitioners and business leaders from the wider community.”

We hope that the business community find our first speaker event informative as Nili highlights how the current changing global landscape will impact investment decisions in 2016 and share insights into how investors are positioning their portfolios.”

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