H. E Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi



Her Excellency Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi is a visionary philanthropic leader deeply committed to cultural preservation, socio-economic development, and enriching the lives of children through the transformative power of reading. As the Founder and Chairperson of the Kalimat Foundation, she has initiated numerous campaigns and distributed thousands of books to children in challenging circumstances to foster a love of reading and close educational gaps.

Sheikha Bodour’s commitment also extends to important roles in international organisations such as UNESCO and the International Publishers Association, where she advocates for solutions to pressing global issues such as education, cultural exchange and sustainable development.

Her commitment to the literary world is also evident in her founding of the Kalimat Publishing Group and her leadership role in establishing the Emirates Publishers Association, the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association and chairing the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 Committee.

As President of the American University of Sharjah, she aligns with her overarching vision of advancing education and promoting academic excellence.

Sheikha Bodour is an example of the transformative power of committed leadership. Her tireless efforts to empower children through reading underscore her commitment to collaboration, education and cultural awareness. Her impactful contributions underscore the profound influence of philanthropy and the written word in shaping societies and promoting a more inclusive world.

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