More than 600 business leaders have attended Back2Business 2012, one of the region’s biggest business networking events, in Doha. In its eighth year, the event saw the participation of seven major business councils operating in Qatar, including the Australia-New Zealand (ANZBIQ), British (QBBF), Dutch (DBCQ), German (GBCQ), Italian (IBCQ), Scandinavian (SBCQ) and Spanish (SBC) business councils. The business councils are associations that support bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and their respective countries. Each year, two different councils are selected to be the main organisers of the Back2Business event. This year, Katherine McAdam (ANZBIQ) and Jane Ashford of the QBBF led the organising committee. Launched in 2004 by the German Business Council, Back2Business Qatar aims to open doors to major opportunities in both local and international businesses as Qatar is poised to continue on its path of economic growth. “Back2Business has become the premier business networking event in Qatar and this year nearly 700 people attended,” said Katherine McAdam. Proceeds from the 2012 event went to the Qatar Red Crescent. For the third year running, IBQ was Back2Business’ diamond sponsor and Vodafone was the strategic sponsor.