ASD students attend Qatar’s largest student-led conference in the Middle East

THIMUN-Q holds 8th annual Qatar Leadership Conference

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ASD students attend Qatar’s largest student-led conference in the Middle East

Secretary-General of the conference, Alanoud H. Al Thani, delivers a moving opening speech to kick start the conference.

Secretary-General of the conference, Alanoud H. Al Thani, delivers a moving opening speech to kick start the conference.

Photographer: Lena I.

Secretary-General of the conference, Alanoud H. Al Thani, delivers a moving opening speech to kick start the conference.

Photographer: Lena I.

Photographer: Lena I.

Secretary-General of the conference, Alanoud H. Al Thani, delivers a moving opening speech to kick start the conference.

Lena I., Activities Section Editor

ASD students were well-represented recently at the Middle East’s largest student-led conference of the year.

Students from schools around Qatar gathered for the 8th annual Qatar Leadership Conference, which was hosted by The Hague International Model United Nations in Qatar (THIMUN-Q).

QLC is a three-day conference that connects educators, professionals, and speakers from around the world to the youth of the region and provides them with the knowledge and skills to become the leaders of the future.

Conference organizers had high aims. Alanoud H. Al Thani, Secretary-General of the conference, stated, “Our vision for the 2019 QLC is that every presenter, participant, and guest will walk out on the final day having experienced a profound transformation. We will walk out more knowledgeable, more empathetic, more capable and competent. Hopefully, each and every attendee will be inspired to enact change in their lives and the lives of others.”

Undoubtedly, QLC has shined light on inspiring people with almost unimaginable stories. Their stories deeply affected audience members. ASD student N. Elhad (‘21) noted, “I was surprised that there was such a variety in the types of stories people had, like one lady talked about being an acid attack survivor and one lady was kicked out of her house and became the youngest bank manager in London. It was really interesting to see how people come from all walks of life and how that affects what stories they have to tell.” 

In addition to the inspiration that came from speakers and presenters, Al Thani suggested, “QLC is a unique opportunity to make connections and expand one’s social circle with positive, like-minded people.” Students could meet other student presenters, attendees, or experts in their field of interest. As these interactive workshops ranged from topics such as identity, green entrepreneurship, and mental health, there was something for everyone. Regardless of the topic, “the skills QLC unlocks can be applied across the board, and [they can] help you come out on top regardless of the career path you choose to take,” Al Thani added.

ASD student participant S. Jaro (‘21) summed up his experience: “QLC is an amazing, positive, and immersive experience. I truly felt like I gained valuable skills that I can translate to other aspects of my life, and felt more knowledgeable about world issues that I had never thought of before.

“QLC challenged me to shift my perspective on contemporary issues,” he said, “allowing self-actualization, reflection, and growth. I highly recommend the conference to anyone who is striving to become the best version of themselves, while engaging in their communities and meeting life-long friends.”