Qimam Fellowship for high-potential university students in Saudi Arabia accepting applications for 2019 edition of program

The Qimam Fellowship provides selected fellows with a unique development program comprising one-on-one mentorship by senior public and private sector leaders

  

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Today, the Qimam Fellowship program opens its doors to a second cohort, with the official launch of the 2019 application process. All eligible Bachelor and Master students studying in Saudi Arabia, or Saudi Bachelor and Master students studying at a university abroad, are invited to apply to the fellowship on www.qimam.com before the application deadline of 28 February 2019. 

Qimam is a fellowship program supported by a coalition of leading national and international companies that aims to identify, develop, and empower the most promising and distinguished university students in and from Saudi Arabia to achieve their full potential. In its inaugural year in 2018, more than 13,000 university students applied, of which 50 of were selected to join the first class of Qimam Fellows (“Class of 2018”).

The program provides its fellows with leadership training by professionals from renowned companies, one-on-one mentorship from senior public and private sector leaders, visits to the Saudi Arabian offices of leading national and international companies, and membership in the Qimam Alumni Network. Upon completion of the program, fellows are recognized with an award for their distinctiveness during a high-profile ceremony, and their profiles are shared with leading human resources executives in Saudi Arabia to facilitate their career opportunities.

Qimam was founded by McKinsey & Company and Dr. Annas Abedin, a McKinsey alumnus and entrepreneur. It is funded by McKinsey and generously supported by Almosafer Company, which is covering all travel and accommodation related expenses of the fellowship.

Tom Isherwood, partner at McKinsey Middle East, stated: “Last year, we met some incredible young leaders full of tremendous potential – we were fascinated by their stories and inspired by their personal commitment to creating a vibrant future for the Kingdom. We are thrilled to continue to lend our support to a program that we really believe will play a significant role in shaping their journeys.’’

Abdullah AlDawood, Chairman of Almosafer Company, travel partner of the Qimam Fellowship, stated: “I am pleased to announce that Almosafer, the leading Saudi online travel platform, is sponsoring Qimam to help shape the leaders of tomorrow. The ambitious goals of this program largely reflect our own dedication to supporting the region’s youth. In line with His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi 2030 vision, we are committed to investing in national talent with a firm belief that the country’s youth is conscious, strong, educated, creative, value-driven, and the real force behind achieving the national vision. Our support for the Qimam program is an important step towards our responsibility as a community that aims to create a distinctive generation of future leaders.”

Dr. Annas Abedin added: “The Qimam Fellowship is able to provide a unique development experience for its fellows because of the powerful contributions of a very distinguished group of leaders and organizations. We are thrilled to work with them on this initiative and are deeply grateful to them for their support.”

Twenty-five leading national and international companies have partnered up with the Qimam Fellowship in 2019 to support it in its mission to identify and support top talent in Saudi Arabia:

Aberkyn, Al Arabiya News Channel, Al-Khaleejiah Advertising & Public Relations Company, Almosafer Company, Arabnet, Bab Rizq Jameel, Bupa Arabia, Careem, Cisco, General Electric, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Korn Ferry, Saudi Arabian Mining Company “Ma’aden", Majid Al Futtaim, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Oqal, Pearson, Rocket Internet, SAP, SMAAT, Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries & Medical Appliances Corporation (SPIMACO), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), STV, and Unilever.

Fellows will be selected into the program based on their academic achievements, their level of initiative-taking beyond the academic realm, and their exhibited degree of social responsibility and service to the community. Applications for the fellowship can be submitted online on www.qimam.com before the application deadline on 28 February 2019.

Qimam Video Assets:
Qimam:
- About Qimam Fellowship: https://bit.ly/2G3PBzX  
- Evaluation Day: https://bit.ly/2COlMA9

Executives:
- Tom Isherwood: https://bit.ly/2CRxXwl  
- Abdullah Al Dawood: https://youtu.be/Wk4fbTetw_o  
- Omar Almajdouie: https://youtu.be/ryaZZwb02rA

Fellows:
- Raghad Nhari: https://youtu.be/iNX6SLsDIXk  
- Hassan Khdary: https://youtu.be/w7Qz5-XYzrY

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About Qimam:

Qimam is a fellowship program supported by a coalition of leading national and international companies that aims to identify, develop, and empower the most promising and distinguished university students in and from Saudi Arabia to achieve their full potential.

Qimam was founded by McKinsey & Company and Dr. Annas Abedin, a McKinsey alumnus and entrepreneur. It is funded by McKinsey and generously supported by Almosafer Company, which is covering all travel and accommodation related expenses of the fellowship.

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