HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has played an active role in spearheading social and education reforms in Qatar and around the world for many years through her national and international development initiatives in education and youth development.
In response to growing global needs, Sheikha Moza founded and launched Education Above All (EAA) in 2012 to deliver quality education to the hardest to reach children and generate a global movement, with a particular focus on areas affected by poverty, conflict and disaster. In 2018, EAA’s Educate A Child programme secured commitments to educate 10 million marginalized children, and those efforts continue to attract more partners and commitments worldwide. In addition, EAA boasts several other programmes aimed at supporting education access and advocacy. These include; Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), which promotes and protects the right to education in areas affected by crisis, insecurity and conflict; Al Fakhoora, which works to promote the right to education in conflict and post-conflict states; Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), which engages youth leaders and supports community development.
Internationally, Sheikha Moza works with the United Nations to support global education and other key areas of development for marginalized children and youth. Since 2016, Sheikha Moza has been an Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and was previously a member of the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group with a special emphasis on Goal 2 – universal primary education. Sheikha Moza serves as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, through which she launched multiple projects including the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq.
Among Sheikha Moza’s honours are the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service. In 2009, she was inducted into the Academie des Beaux Arts de l'Institut de France. In 2007, Sheikha Moza was presented the prestigious Chatham House Award for her contributions to improving international relations.
Sheikha Moza holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Public Policy in Islam from Hamad bin Khalifa University’s Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, and graduated from Qatar University with a degree in sociology. She has also been awarded honorary doctorates from Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas A&M University, Carnegie Mellon University, Imperial College London and Georgetown University.