The MEED List: Qatar education

18 September 2009

Nine leading figures in the development of Education City.

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned

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

Biography: Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned is chairwoman of the Qatar Foundation. She is also president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and vice-chair of the Supreme Education Council. Sheikha Mozah graduated from Qatar University in 1986 with a degree in sociology. In June 2003, she established the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq.

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 to the board in 2003 before becoming president sof 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.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 0000

Charles Thorpe

Position: Dean, Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar

Biography: Charles Thorpe is the first dean of Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar and is also a faculty member teaching robotics. He has a bachelor’s degree in natural science and a doctorate in computer science. Previously, he was director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon in the US. Thorpe is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and has been a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers since 1993.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 8421

Allyson Vanstone

Position: Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar

Biography: Before joining Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Allyson Vanstone was dean of the school of design at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada, and chair of design at Cornish College of the Arts, Washington, US. She serves on the board of the Qatar Foundation Academic Bridge Programme for pre-university students and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in visual communication design from York University, Toronto, Canada.

Contact Tel: (+974) 492 7200

Mark Weichold

Position: Dean, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Biography: Mark Weichold holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in electrical engineering. He worked for Motorola and the US Army Electronic Technology & Devices Laboratory before joining the electrical engineering faculty at Texas A&M in 1982. Weichold holds the rank of professor and became dean of Texas A&M Qatar in January 2007. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Vacuum Society.

Contact Tel: (+974) 423 0010

Javaid Sheikh

Position: Interim dean, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Biography: Javaid Sheikh joined Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar from Stanford University School of Medicine in the US, where he was a professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences. He has previously served as a chief of medical staff and appeared on the ‘Best Doctors in America’ list compiled by Boston-based Best Doctors from 1997 to 2001. He assumed the position of interim dean at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar in January 2009.

Contact Tel: (+974) 492 8650

Mehran Kamrava

Position: Interim dean, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Biography: Mehran Kamrava was appointed interim dean at Georgetown University’s Qatar campus in August 2009, after dean James Reardon-Anderson returned to the main campus in the US. He joined the Qatar campus as visiting professor in 2007. He is a specialist in the politics of Iran and the Middle East. Before moving to Doha, Kamrava served as professor and chair of political science at California State University in Northridge, California.

Contact Tel: (+974) 457 8100

John Margolis

Position: Dean, Northwestern -University at Qatar

Biography: Before assuming the leadership of Northwestern University in Qatar, John Margolis served as associate provost for faculty affairs at the university’s Evanston campus in the US. A professor of English, he received his doctorate from Princeton University, US. Margolis has also served on the faculty of the University of California in the US and was also a visiting scholar at the UK’s Cambridge University. He specialises in 19th and 20th century British and American literature.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 5100

Hatem el-Karanshawy

Position: Dean, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS)

Biography: Hatem el-Karanshawy has a doctorate in economics from the -University of Strathclyde, UK. Before -becoming founding dean of QFIS, he was professor of finance and director of the public administration programme at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. El-Karanshawy was also dean at the faculty of commerce in Al-Azhar University, Egypt, and was -economic adviser to the prime minister in 2003.

Contact Tel: (+974) 454 6562

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