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Finding opportunity in uncertainty

The 2022 CEO Outlook draws on the perspectives of CEOs in Qatar to provide insight into their 3-year outlook on the business and economic landscapes.

Qatar’s CEOs have confronted many disruptions to their growth ambitions over a short period in recent times – COVID-19, geopolitical tensions, supply chain disruptions, cyber threats, the war on talent, and a looming recession. Nevertheless, resilience and optimism in long-term growth prospects prevail. In this 2022 edition of KPMG in Qatar’s CEO Outlook, we present the key themes and insights from Qatar’s CEOs.

Given the turbulent economic climate, it is not surprising that the economy is top-of-mind for these executives, with due consideration of a possible recession and the impact of geopolitical pressures. Against this backdrop, CEOs continue investing in technology as the competitive growth differentiator together with attracting and retaining key talent. The focus on ESG has not diminished with CEOs adopting a slightly different approach to contemplate trade-offs between advancing and pausing their ESG plans.

CEOs ranked emerging/disruptive technology, operational and supply chain issues, and regulatory concerns as the top risks that could potentially delay their growth agenda.

Overall, CEOs can leverage experience gained from managing their growth disruptions by strengthening foundations of resilience and forging new or enhancing current opportunities in technology, talent and ESG.

Ahmed Abu Sharkh
Country Senior Partner
KPMG in Qatar

CEO Profiles

Sheikh Ali
Alwaleed Al-Thani

Promotion Agency, Qatar

Mr. Bassel Gamal

Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB)

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata
Executive Director
Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future, Qatar Foundation

Unless otherwise indicated, throughout this report, “we”, “KPMG”, “us” and “our” refer to the network of independent member firms operating under the KPMG name and affiliated with KPMG International or to one or more of these firms or to KPMG International.