Kalimat Foundation Board, background and experience
Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi
Founder and Chairperson
In January 2023, Sheikha Bodour was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and President of American University of Sharjah to align the institution with Sharjah’s socio-economic, workforce, and innovation priorities. She is working to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and public service to develop global citizen graduates who become future leaders in their communities, the United Arab Emirates, and the world.
Sheikha Bodour is forging deeper university-industry R&D and commercialization collaboration as Chairperson of the Board and President of the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTIP). She oversees SRTIP’s $150 million push to position Sharjah as a global leader in emerging technology fields…
Sheikha Jameela Al Qasimi
Sheikha Jameela Al Qasimi is Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. Her work involves advocating disability rights in education, employment, rehabilitation, recreation and sports. In this regard, she has dedicated her work to promote community advancement and social development for such persons of determination, through awareness, integration, and empowerment…
Isobel Abulhoul has lived in Dubai since 1968 and co-founded Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975 which is still thriving and has eight bookshops across the UAE. In 2008 Isobel founded the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. In 2013, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also…
Majid H. Jafar
Majid Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s oldest private oil & gas company, and Vice-Chairman of the Crescent Group of companies which includes interests in port management, logistics, venture capital, private equity and real estate. He is also Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas (PJSC), the leading publicly-listed natural gas company in the Middle East, in which Crescent is the largest shareholder…
Board of Trustees Member
Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh has served as the United Arab Emirates Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations since September 2013. She has also served as Assistant Minister for Political Affairs since February 2021 and non-resident Ambassador of the UAE to Grenada since November 2017. In December 2021, the late His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a Federal Decree granting her the rank of Minister…
Thank you to donors, sponsors and partners
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