Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
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a Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1983) is the 14th child of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the current Emir of Qatar, and the eldest daughter of the Emir with his second wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned.
Education and careerSheikha Al-Mayassa graduated with a B.A.
Bachelor of Arts
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degree in Political Science
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from Duke University
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, North Carolina
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, USA) in 2005. While at Duke, she was Vice President of the International Association, Vice President of Hiwar (an organization to promote political dialogue), and a delegate to the 2001-2002 Model United Nations
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During the 2003-2004 school year, she studied at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris
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(known as Sciences Po). She spent the summer of 2002 working in the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Al-Mayassa is fluent in Arabic, English
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Sheikha Al-Mayassa currently serves as the Chair of the Qatari Foundation Reach Out To Asia
Reach Out To Asia
Reach Out To Asia is a Qatari-based non-profit organization that empowers local communities by providing access to quality primary and secondary education to children affected by crisis across Asia...
(ROTA), a philanthropic effort inspired by the desire to help the victims of recent natural disasters in Asia. She also serves as the Chair of the Qatari National Foundation of Museums and the Council of Trustees of Qatar Museums Authority
Qatar Museums Authority
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(QMA). and as an Assistant to the Chief of Staff of Qatar’s Emiri Diwan. Further, she is Director of Fitch Qatar since 2006.
Al-Mayassa has been engaged in humanitarian efforts for many years and strongly believes that every individual has the opportunity to make a difference in their community and the world. She has recently increased her involvement and become a leader in this arena.
Her latest project, Reach Out To Asia, has raised 30 million dollars in just 5 months to help those people who lost homes, livelihoods and loved ones in last year’s tsunami and the recent earthquake in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. This initiative is also intended to develop primary and secondary education in the Asian least developed countries - with the aim of reaching the Millennium Development Goals
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Prior to her current work, Al-Mayassa was actively engaged in several humanitarian projects in the Persian Gulf
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and Asia regions. In 2003, she worked with Qatari Red Crescent organization (a partner of the Red Cross) to raise money for clothing and school equipment for the children of Iraq. Between 2000 and 2001, she managed a charitable organization to raise money for Cambodian schools and traveled to that country to convey the proceeds. Earlier, she raised funds for the cause of Palestine and organized a Diabetes Camp for students in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Marriage and childrenSheikha Al-Mayassa married at Al-Wajbah Palace, Doha, on 6 January 2006, with Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani, an elder son of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Together they have two sons:
- Sheikh Mohammed
- Sheikh Hamad