As Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani spearheads its mission to support the economic and social development of Qatar, through initiatives and programs in three core areas: education, science and research, and community development.
Her Excellency embodies the cycle of education that QF has created, having graduated from Qatar Academy – the first school to be established by QF – and later continued her own academic journey at HEC Paris in Qatar, a QF partner university. She is a passionate believer in the power of education to shape lives, strengthen societies, and build a better world; and, as a leader, active global citizen, and mother, an exemplification of how women are at the forefront of Qatar’s transformative journey.
In her role at QF, Her Excellency leads a diverse, multicultural organization with a 5,000-strong workforce, comprising member organizations spanning the spectrum of pre-university and higher education; research, development, and innovation; health and wellbeing; social engagement; sustainability; art and music; cultural heritage, and other aspects of community development, as well as global QF initiatives.
Her Excellency also serves on the boards of several education and cultural institutes, including Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar National Library, HEC Paris – as a member of its International Board – and Teach for Qatar, an organization that, in alignment with QF’s vision and mission, aims to develop the quality of education in Qatar.
From 2008-2013, Her Excellency served as Director of the Office of His Highness the Father Amir of Qatar, and Chairperson of both the Joint Oversight Board and the Executive Committee of the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. Her previous roles have also included Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Qatar’s Supreme Education Council (now the Ministry of Education and Higher Education).
Her Excellency holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris in Qatar, a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights from University College London in the UK, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in the US.
Her Excellency is married to H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Thani Al-Thani on 2 April 2010 in the Al-Wajbah Palace, Doha.