The 60 Second Interview: Abdulaziz Al Heidous

Abdulaziz Al Heidous, Senior Corporate Strategy Specialist, Strategic Planning Directorate, talks about his ambitions, goals and hobbies.
Abdulaziz Al Heidous

What made you want to be a part of Qatar Foundation (QF)?
When I graduated in 2010 in the US, QF was the first place I applied to. I have always wanted to be part of such a unique organization that is directly contributing to the development and prosperity of the whole nation.

What do you think is the secret of personal success?
The secret to personal success is to set goals and achieve them, while adopting moral values defined by one’s culture and the environment surrounding them.

Do you have any creative hobbies?
I have always wanted to be a novelist as I have good writing skills. I wrote several short stories while I was studying at the Academic Bridge Program in 2004.

Who is your role model?
I have no specific role model, but I have been influenced by those who have made history by achieving their goals, while fighting through the hardest situations in their lives.

What is your greatest ambition?
To be a nation-wide strategic planning expert and be in a position to directly help the community to think and work towards goals that will contribute to the prosperity and advancement of the Qatari nation.

What is your latest personal goal that you are close to achieving?
I volunteered to participate in designing the aspects and phases of an initiative, which I really believe will benefit Qatar and the children of Qatar. It is in its final stages before the launch.

What’s your favorite holiday destination?
I like Paris, where I can discover more about European heritage and arts. My favorite place is the Montmartre area, also known as the painters’ neighborhood of Paris.

Which has your attention more – sports, arts, culture or travel?
I do truly enjoy the arts and traveling. I have attended Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra concerts many times, and also love visiting museums in other countries.

Which would you say is the best book you have ever read?
“Mindset: the New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck. It is better than a thousand advices.