Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) held its annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday at the Sheikh Ali bin Jabor Al Thani auditorium, QRCS headquarters. The quorum was achieved as stipulated by Law No. 12/2004 concerning private societies and professional associations, and in conformity with QRCS statute.
Presided over by Dr. Mohamed bin Ghanem Al-Ali Al-Maadheed, QRCS President, the meeting was attended by QRCS Secretary-General, Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Eng. Ibrahim Abdullah Al-Maliki, Chief Executive Director, board members, and heads of department.
The Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA) was represented by Mohamed Ali Al-Qayed, Director of Risk Management and Compliance, and Rashid Al-Mohannadi, senior legal researcher. Representatives of the external auditing firm Deloitte & Touche were also present, including Medhat Salha, Partner, and Samer Al-Jogol and Tareq Alozom, Audit.
After the approval of agenda items, Mr. Al-Hammadi expressed thanks for every employee and volunteer who contributed to the last year’s success. According to him, it was by their efforts that all these achievements were possible, towards QRCS’s humanitarian mission of helping the vulnerable everywhere.
Dr. Al-Maadheed talked about the end of his 20-year tenure at QRCS, during which he held several leadership positions. It was ultimately concluded with the glorious feat against Coronavirus (CODI-19), together with other national organizations.
“In 2000, I became a young and ambitious Secretary-General of QRCS,” he said. “Over the years, I learnt that your value does not lie in how many achievements you make. What really matters is how much influence you have on others’ lives. Throughout history, Prophets were the greatest ever, because they cared for other people and elevated them spiritually, materially, and mentally”.
Then, an overview was given about the operational results of QRCS in 2019. Eng. Al-Maliki presented the data of Relief and International Development Division, Volunteering and Local Development Division, and Resource Mobilization Department.
The presentations on medical services and media and digital transformation were explained by Abdullah Al-Qatan, Executive Director of Medical Affairs Division, and Ammar Mohamed, Director of Communication, respectively.
In Qatar, QRCS provided social, medical, and awareness services for more than 1.6 million beneficiaries, at a total cost of nearly QR 331 million. Globally, 186 relief and development projects were implemented for the benefit of 7.7 million victims of disasters and conflicts. The overall cost of international operations amounted to QR 174.7 million.
Mr. Salha presented the audit report on QRCS's closing financial statements for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, which were found valid and generally conforming to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Upon the recommendation from external auditor, the AGM members endorsed the audited financial statements and discharged the Board of Directors from liability. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh & Co. International (TAGI) was announced an external auditor for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2020.
The outgoing Board of Directors was thanked by the AGM members, and a new board was elected for the term 2020-204, under the supervision of the representatives of RACA and external auditor and authorized delegates of the AGM.
These are the names of the new Board of Directors:
President: Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al Thani.
Vice-President: Dr. Aisha bint Yousef Al-Mannai.
Secretary: Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi.
Members: Dr. Khaled Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, Omar Hussein Al-Fardan, Dr. Abdul-Salam Al-Qahtani, Mohamed Mahdi Al-Yami, Saleh Ali Al-Mohannadi, Rashid Saad Al-Mohannadi, Ibrahim Hashim Al-Sada, and Soad Saidan Al-Hamad.