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July 7, 2013

The Economist Competition Winners Announced!

The winners of the Education Connections competition have been announced, and they are

•Fahad Alkhater - Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar
•Maha Al-Meer – Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
•Hamad Al-Naimi – Qatar University
•Rouda Alobaid - Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar
•Natalie Diong - Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar
•Asmaa Fikree from Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Qatar Foundation will send the students on a three-week ‘Education Connections’ internship program to The Economist Group’s (TEG) offices in New York City from 10 - 31 August 2013.

The students will learn about the world of event management, assist with a variety of tasks including the production of written pieces, conduct research, create event agendas, select speakers, and engage in social media activities.

To enter, the students had to answer the following question in essay form:
‘How could you contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030?’

Entries had to focus on one of the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030: Human Development, Social Development, Economic Development, and Environmental Development.

To be eligible, students had to:
•Submit a 250-word essay in English.
•Be a current student at a university in Qatar.
•Be 18 years old or above.
•Hold Qatari citizenship or be a resident of Qatar.
•Have a high standard of written English.
•Submit a copy of their résumé (CV).
•Submit a copy of their passport.

The entries were carefully studied and anonymously graded by a panel of experts, who after considerable consultation, agreed on the winners. The three judges were:
•Khaled Al Sayed, Editor in Chief, The Peninsula
•Jeremy Cohen, Senior Academic Officer, Northwestern University in Qatar
•Bilal Randeree, Managing Director,

Congratulations to all the winners, who will be contacted shortly.