In a move to further strengthen its support for young people in Qatar, Silatech has announced the appointment of Alanoud Hamad Al-Thani as its Qatar Country Representative, where she will oversee and support Silatech’s programs and operations within Qatar.
Based in Doha, Silatech is a regional social initiative that works to expand employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. The organization has programs currently in 15 Arab countries, and has financed and supported over 86,000 youth-run businesses since 2008.
In Qatar, Silatech helped to launch, and continues to support, the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, which conducts a variety of training programs for thousands of young people each year. To help young women in Qatar start their own business, Silatech helped create the Roudha Center, which has helped over 6,000 young women in its first three years.
In March 2014, Silatech launched a comprehensive website called Qatar Ta3mal, which offers everything from career guidance and job matching services, to over 500 online courses. Moreover, Silatech’s Tamheed career guidance program is available to over 80 percent of students enrolled in Qatar’s universities and colleges. To promote young entrepreneurs in Qatar, Silatech has led an array of partner initiatives-Global Entrepreneurship Week (held every year in November), the Arab Mobile App Challenge, Doha Venture Day and others.
Ms. Al-Thani commented on Silatech’s commitment to Qatar, stating “Silatech is based in Qatar. It is part of the community here, and it plays an important role in helping our youth contribute to Qatar’s growth and economic transformation. I am proud to join Silatech, and I look forward to many productive activities and programs.”
Alanoud comes to Silatech after serving since 2012 as an advisor at Future Foreign Policy, a university think tank focusing on international affairs. She has previously worked for Amnesty International, volunteered with several nonprofit institutions, and authored various reports on education and development focusing on the MENA region. She has received recognition as a Young Arab Achiever (2011), is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, as well as a member of Tomouh, a platform that enables leaders from all fields in the GCC to collaborate and realize their full potential.
Ms. Al-Thani holds an M.Sc. from University of Oxford in Economics for Development, and a B.Sc. (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in Government and Economics.