Qatar Academy

Board of Advisors


Qatar Academy is part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Qatar Foundation is governed by the Executive Board of Directors, which serve as the governing authority that appoints the Board of Advisors for Qatar Academy. 

The Board and the school's senior administrators meet monthly throughout the school year to deal with major management issues and to affirm its commitment to provide the highest possible standard of education to its students.

Board of Advisors

QA BOG Chairman

Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi
Qatar Academy Board of Advisors Chairman

Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi joined Qatar Petroleum as a student studying Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (PENN STATE) in August 1986. In 1991 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering.

Immediately after graduation, he joined QP’s Reservoir & Field Development Department where he progressed through various petroleum engineering technical and supervisory positions. He  then became the Manager of Gas Development responsible for North Field management and development, where he and his team played a key role in the rapid launch of many mega gas projects, based on the most up-to date technologies, and were implemented in record time making a major contribution towards Qatar's rapid rise to becoming the LNG and GTL capital of the world; as well as, several large Gas pipeline projects domestically and for export.

He was appointed in 2006 as the Director of the Oil & Gas Ventures Directorate where he was overseeing all of Qatar’s Oil & gas management and development as well as all exploration activities. In September 2014 Mr. Al-Kaabi was appointed as the Managing Director of QP.

He is married and is blessed with five boys.  The oldest son is 21 years old who is studying in the USA attended Qatar Academy (QA) since its inception in 1996. Currently the other 4 boys are attending QA.

Mr. Abdullah Al Khalifa  
Executive GM-Chief Business Officer - QNB

Mr. Al Khalifa had just received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University when he joined Qatar National Bank (QNB) in 1996 as an Account Officer in the Marketing Department. A veteran of numerous courses and conferences here and abroad, he now serves as the General Manager - Corporate Banking for QNB and Chief Executive Officer of QNB Capital where his immense contribution has helped QNB expand its services and market share in the banking industry.

Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid

Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid
Executive Director, Qatar Computing Research Institute 

Dr. Elmagarmid is the Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a national research institute under Hamad bin Khalifa University, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Since his appointment in 2010, Dr. Elmagarmid has driven the Institute’s vision to bring positive impact to citizens and society by focusing on large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development.

Before joining Qatar Foundation, Dr. Elmagarmid held a number of prestigious posts in academia and industry. He has held faculty positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Padova, and Purdue University, where he had been actively involved in teaching and research for 25 years.

Dr. Elmagarmid served as a chief scientist in HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology and has worked with or consulted for Telcordia Technology, Bellcore, IBM, CSC, Harris, D. H. Brown and Associates, MCC, Bell Northern Research, Molecular Design Labs, SOGEI (Italy) and UniSql. Dr. Elmagarmid serves as the Vice Chair of the IT Executive Committee of Sidra Medical and Research Centre and is on the board of directors of Meeza. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Kasra (formerly MENAPOST) and Qatar National Library and a member of Qatar Genome Project Committee and Sidra’s External Scientific Advisory Council.

Dr. Elmagarmid is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator award from President Ronald Reagan. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, and an AAAS Fellow. The University of Dayton and Ohio State University have both named him among their distinguished alumni. Dr. Elmagarmid has chaired and served on several program committees and editorial boards.

Dr. Elmagarmid is an accomplished and well-published scientist, authoring six books and more than 180 papers, and has run several well-funded research programs.

Dr. Elmagarmid received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Dayton (1977) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D (1985) from Ohio State University. 

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin J. Al-Thani

Director of Public Health Department - Ministry of Public Health – Qatar
Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research - Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar

Dr. Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani is Director of Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health since 2008. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar.

He developed programs to protect the health of individuals, families and community in Qatar. He placed a high priority in developing the first Public Health Strategy in Qatar, which will be implemented during 2017.He is continually conducting clinical research studies in the most ethical and safest manner possible to develop an integrated approach to health prevention and promotion.

Dr. Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani has headed number of national committees including the National Preventive Health Committee, which aims to address the many facets of transitioning from a curative to a preventive health focus and to ensure a robust preventive health governance system is in place.

Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani is graduated from the Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University in 1998. He completed his fellowship in Arab Board Program in Community Medicine in 2006. He gained the Fellowship from the Faculty of Public Health in London in 2010. He obtained a Master in Business Administration in 2014 from HEC Paris - France (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) which is a European Business School.

His other affiliations include: 
Member of Qatar Executive Board.
Member of the Executive Board of Health Ministers’ Council for GCC.
Member of the National Health Care Committee – Qatar.

Dr. Noora Hamad Fetais
Director - KINDI Center for Computing Research, Qatar University

Dr. Noora Fetais is the Director of KINDI Center for Computing Research at Qatar University (QU). She is also an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Qatar University. Dr. Noora holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Sussex (UK) and MSc with distinction in Object-Oriented Software Technology from the University of Brighton (UK). She is a member of the first batch of Qatar Leadership Center (Current and Future Leaders Program 2011-2013), and is currently holding various professional positions including; Vice Chair of IEEE-Qatar Section, Qatar Ambassador of Women in Data Science (WiDS) at Stanford University, among others. Dr. Noora was  the first Women to chair the Faculty Senate of Qatar University.

Dr. Noora Fetais has participated in a number of regional and international conferences and has published a number of research papers, also has lead over seven research teams funded in the field of her specialization. She was awarded the British scholarship (Chevening) and she is a member of different international professional associations such as ACM, IEEE, ASEE, and others. Dr. Noora also participated in organizing and chairing a number of sessions at different conferences and workshops at the state level and participated in judging awards to some of these conferences and competitions at different levels.

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About Qatar Academy

Qatar Academy is part of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, a private, chartered, non-profit organization founded in 1996, by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the father Emir.

It is the mission of Qatar Academy to provide internationally accepted, comprehensive, English medium programs plus Arabic and Islamic studies from pre-school through to secondary graduation. Comprising a Primary School and a Senior School, it occupies a magnificent campus in Doha.

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