President for the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Vice Chairperson of both the Supreme Educational Council and the Supreme Health Council and Chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation
Hijri 1379-Present (AH); Common Era 1959-Present (CE)
Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned of Qatar has played an influential role in the development of higher education for Qatar and the Middle East. She is the second of three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Sheikha Mozah graduated from Qatar University in 1986 with a degree in Sociology and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College London, and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. In 2003, she was appointed Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education by UNESCO. In her work with UNESCO, Sheikha Mozah has been active in promoting and protecting the right to education in conflict-hit areas, particularly Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan. In the same year, she also established the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq. In 2005, UN General-Secretary Kofi Annan appointed her as a member of the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Sheikha Mozah is currently serving as Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. She is responsible for creating Education City, which has brought together branches of renowned universities to ‘a campus of the future.’ Sheikha Mozah is the President for the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Vice Chairperson of both the Supreme Educational Council and the Supreme Health Council and Chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation. She is also the founder of Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. Sheikha Mozah was awarded the Chatham House Award in 2007, which is given annually to an international statesperson who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of international relations. Forbes Magazine named her one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2007 and the Times of London named her one of the most 25 most influential business leaders in the Middle East.