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October 2, 2009

Bloomsbury Publishing, QFC Launch QFINANCE

A resource website and book for finance and business undergraduates, professionals and business writers

By CBR Staff Writer

Bloomsbury Publishing, in partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, has launched QFINANCE.com, an online financial resource and knowledge bank – reported The Asian Banker. Reportedly, focused on practicality and thought leadership, rather than theory, it offers financial professionals, senior executives and students of finance a one-stop best practice and thought leadership knowledge bank.

The free access website at www.qfinance.com offers users the opportunity to view contributions from 300 of the world’s leading financial practitioners, visionaries, writers and educators on the crucial issues and challenges facing finance managers, entrepreneurs and business executives today. QFINANCE is also available as a reference book, which will be updated annually, and sold through bookstores world-wide.

Sir Howard Davies, director, LSE and contributor to QFINANCE, said: The events of the last two years have shown very clearly that financial systems are not infallible and when they do fail, they can do so on a global scale. Students of business and finance must understand the context of the financial crisis, the questions being asked surrounding the thinking and practices of finance professionals, and the lessons that must be learned from bad, and more importantly, from best practice. New ideas need to be shared globally and students form a vital part of this discourse. QFINANCE aims to provide a global forum in which best practice can flourish and new ideas and approaches to finance can emerge.

Scott Moeller, director, M&A research centre at the Cass Business School and contributor to QFINANCE, said: At business schools we are educating the business leaders of tomorrow, and at Cass Business School in London especially in the financial services industry, but learning doesn¡¦t stop here, it has to continue throughout life. QFINANCE should act as a resource to facilitate that lifetime learning in finance, acting both as a comprehensive reference tool to individuals at all stages in their career and as a thought-leadership platform. It should also be a very useful tool for executives striving for excellence in their professions and looking for a deeper and fresh understanding of the financial environment they are operating in and the potential risks they face.

Nigel Newton, CEO ofBloomsbury, said: QFINANCE is Bloomsbury’s first project with the Qatar Finance Centre Authority. We are delighted to have worked with them to create this online and print knowledge resource based on best practice for finance professionals around the globe. In the Middle East the book will be published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, Bloomsbury¡¦s new venture with the Education Institution, the Qatar Foundation.¨

Stuart Pearce, CEO and director general at the QFC Authority, said: The QFC Authorityagreed to partner with Bloomsbury Publishing in creating QFINANCE because of Bloomsbury¡¦s exemplary record in publishing major reference titles, and because QFINANCE demonstrates the core development principles that Qatar embraces as a nation. It is progressive in that gives the world a finance platform of knowledge that until now does not exist in one place anywhere else. It is reliable in that those who have contributed to QFINANCE are all recognised as experts in their respective fields. And it is educational, to ensure that this and future generations have the best sources of learning at their disposal. The adoption of best practice is a central pillar of the QFC¡¦s role in Qatar, and this project also demonstrates our commitment to best practice on a global scale.

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