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Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
I think that all of us need to reflect on the next steps we could take in developing more effectively and imaginatively our long-established culture of charitable open-handedness ---of which our Prophet Mohamed (SAWS) was an exemplar. At the core of his vision was a philanthropic heart--- that had a deep sense of social responsibility particularly for the less well-off in society, --- but importantly it was a heart and not just a cheque book.
Known For: Philanthropist
Dates: Hijri 1403 – Present (AH)
Common Era 1983 – Present (CE)
The daughter of Sheikha Mozah and His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Sheikha at Al-Mayassa has played an active role in humanitarian efforts and the promotion of the arts in Qatar. Sheikha Al-Mayassa graduated from Duke University in 2005 with a B.A. in political science and literature.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa serves as the chair of the Qatar Foundation’s “Reach Out to Asia” initiative, as well as chair of Qatar’s National Foundation of Museums. She is an assistant to the Chief of Staff of Qatar’s presidential palace, Emiri Diwan.
In 2003, she worked with Qatar’s Red Crescent organization to raise money for clothing and school equipment for the children of Iraq. She is currently the director of the Qatar Museums Authority, which opened the Museum of Islamic Art in 2008. She is married to Sheikh Jassim and has one son.
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