H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-MissnedChairperson of the Qatar Foundation
Birth: 8 August 1959 (Age: 58)
Source of Influence: Philanthropy, Charity & Development
Influence: Queen of Qatar and head of Qatar Foundation and various other organizations.
School of Thought: Moderate Salafi, Sunni
Status: Featured in current year
Education Initiatives & Leadership:
Sheikha Moza is the Chairperson of the non-profit Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The foundation has brought some of the leading US university programs to Qatar. It also promotes international research and provides scholarships around the world. Sheikha Moza serves as the President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and is Vice Chairperson of both the Supreme Education Council, and the Supreme Health Council.
International Work & Recognition:
In 2003, UNESCO appointed Sheikha Moza as the Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education and in 2005 she was selected to be a member of the high-level group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. Along with her UNESCO work, she actively promotes and protects the right to education in conflict-hit areas of the world; particularly Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan. Sheikha Moza was listed as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world” by Forbes Magazine in 2007. In addition, she was named one of the “25 Most Influential Business Leaders in the Middle East” by The Times of London.