Abdulla Bin Ali Al-Thani
President, Hamad bin Khalifa University; Vice-President, Education
Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani is President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Vice-President of Education of the Qatar Foundation, which was established in 1995 to accelerate human development in Qatar and the Arab region. HBKU is working with partner universities to build a research-based, multidisciplinary centre of academic excellence, with a unique student experience based on holistic development of the individual within an Arab and Islamic environment. Al Thani is also Chair of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the leading global forum for the development and implementation of innovative practice in education, which consists of an annual summit of educational stakeholders from multiple sectors and a series of practical initiatives to transform education. Al Thani launched the project to build the Qatar Foundation's Central Library, which will also be the National Library of Qatar. He also serves on the Executive Council of the World Digital Library, based at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.