Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned

Position: Chairwoman, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development

Biography: Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned chairs the Qatar Foundation, the driving force behind the bid to turn Qatar into a hub for research. She is also president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, a government institution that aims to strengthen the role of the family in society, and vice-chair of the Supreme Education Council, which is overseeing the reform of Qatar’s education system. In addition, she chairs the project team that is building the Sidra Medical & Research Centre, which is due to open in 2012 at Education City. Sheikha Mozah graduated from Qatar University in 1986 with a degree in sociology.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 0000

Mohammad Fathy Saoud

Position: President, Qatar Foundation

Biography: Mohammad Fathy Saoud joined the Qatar Foundation in 1997 as higher education adviser to the board of directors. He was appointed a member of the board in 2003 and has since been appointed president of the foundation. He is also vice-chairman of the board of governors and chairman of the executive committee of the Sidra Medical & Research Centre. Saoud was founding dean of the science faculty at Qatar University, a position he held for almost 10 years. He has been instrumental in the planning and development of Education City, most notably in the Sidra Medical & Research Centre, the Qatar Science & Technology Park and the Qatar National Research Fund projects.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 0000

Tidu Maini

Position: Executive chairman, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP)

Biography: Tidu Maini is the science and technology adviser to the Qatar Foundation and was appointed executive chairman of QSTP in 2007. Prior to joining QSTP, Maini was pro-rector of Imperial College London, with responsibility for technology transfer, strategic business alliances and alumni affairs. He has more than 30 years’ experience in managing technology companies, including holding senior positions at the US Schlumberger and GEC Marconi. Maini is chairman of the board of trustees at Goodenough College, London, and chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Technology Board. He has a doctorate in engineering from Imperial College, and a post-doctoral fellowship from the University of California Berkeley.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 7070

Daniel Bergin

Position: Executive project director, Sidra Medical & Research Centre

Biography: Daniel Bergin became executive project director of the Sidra Medical & Research Centre in June 2006. He has spent the past 20 years working in Australia’s public health system, including managing a 500-bed and a 900-bed teaching hospital. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an associate fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. From 1994 to 2004, he was a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and from 1991 to 1998, he was the Queensland representative to the National Council of the Australian Healthcare Association. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Queensland in Australia.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 9016

Abdul Sattar al-Taie

Position: Director, Qatar National Research Fund

Biography: Abdul Sattar al-Taie is director of Qatar National Research Fund, a body set up by the Qatar Foundation to provide financial support to research projects. He previously held many positions in Iraq, including secretary general of the National Committee for Technology Transfer, co-ordinator of the Pan-Industrial Sector Research Committee, director of the Food & Drugs Projects Implementation Commission, and director of the Industrial Co-ordination Commission. He was a key player in the reconstruction of the electricity, oil and industrial sectors in Iraq after the first Gulf War, and prepared several assessment studies on the topic for the World Bank. Al-Taie has a doctorate in chemical engineering from Imperial College London.

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Abdelali Haoudi

Position: Vice-president for research, Qatar Foundation

Biography: Abdelali Haoudi joined the Qatar Foundation as vice-president for research in 2007. He previously lectured at the department of microbiology and molecular cell biology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in the US, and has been a scientist, visiting scientist or visiting professor at biomedical institutes across the world. His main research interests are the development of therapeutic approaches for cancer, viral oncology and functional genomics. In 2003, Haoudi founded the International Council of Biomedicine and Biotechnology with the aim of promoting and supporting bio-medical research and biotechnology in developing countries.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 0000