H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D. 

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani is President of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), an emerging research university in Doha, Qatar, which is collaborating with leading national and international partners to provide opportunities for scholarship, teaching, discovery, and learning through an array of interdisciplinary programs.

Dr. Al-Thani is also Managing Director and Member of the Board, Qatar Leadership Centre, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

He is Chairman of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation that is an international and multi-sectoral platform for building the future of education through innovation. The World Economic Forum has named Dr. Al-Thani a Young Global Leader for his regional role in education reform and innovation.

Dr. Al-Thani is Chair of the Executive Board and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Qatar University. He is a member of Qatar’s Supreme Education Council, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Doha Institute for Higher Studies which was created by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS).

Dr. Al-Thani led the strategic planning of the National Library of the State of Qatar which will house one of the largest collections in the Arab world.

He has served on the Executive Council of the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and on the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany.  Dr. Al-Thani is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut and a member of the Board of Advisers of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University in Houston, Texas.  He is a Board Member of the Palestine Happy Child Center which promotes the welfare of traumatized children.

After receiving his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton (UK), Dr. Al-Thani taught engineering at Qatar University. Dr. Al-Thani is a board member of Nakilat, the national gas shipping company and a vital link in the LNG supply chain of the State of Qatar.