Bodour bint Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi

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Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan
Sheikha of Sharjah
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SpouseSheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi
IssueSheikha Maryam bint Sultan Al Qasimi
Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Sheikha Alia bint Sultan Al Qasimi
HouseAl-Qasimi of Sharjah
FatherSultan III bin Muhammad, Emir of Sharjah
MotherJawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi
ReligionIslam
OccupationFounder and CEO of Kalimat

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan is the founder and CEO of children's publisher Kalimat Group as well as founder and president of the Emirates Publishers Association,[1] as well as vice president of the International Publishers Association.[2] Her father is Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, since 1972 the ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah. In 2014 she was ranked at number 34 by Forbes in its list of 200 Most Powerful Arab Women in Family Business.[3][4]

Career and awards[edit]

Bodour Al Qasimi is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kalimat Publishing Group, a publisher of children’s books and educational content based in the United Arab Emirates.[5] Al Qasimi is also involved in a number of regional and international initiatives to promote youth and children's empowerment,[6][7] economic development,[8][9] creative industry development,[10][11] and cross-cultural exchange.[12]

Since founding Kalimat Publishing Group in 2007, Al Qasimi has led its growth into a global, multi-imprint publishing and educational technology company with licensing and distribution in 54 countries across five continents.[13] The publisher of over 175 titles,[14] Kalimat is recognized as an industry pioneer for books highlighting traditional Arabic culture alongside the modern challenges faced by children as well as Arabic translations of titles which deal with themes that occasionally push socio-cultural boundaries. Kalimat has international partnerships with prominent international publishers, such as Editions Gallimard Jeunesse,[15] and has received several international awards for its titles, including the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Best Children’s Publisher of the Year award.[16][17]

Kalimat Foundation, a corporate philanthropy initiative of Kalimat Group, is involved in promoting literacy, reading culture, and book accessibility. Kalimat Foundation’s Pledge a Library Initiative has provided books and cooperated on literacy programs with over 100 libraries globally in Sweden,[18] France, Tunisia, Jordan, India, and Morocco.[19] The Foundation’s Ara Initiative is working to establish accessible book standards for the visually impaired in the Middle East and North Africa [20] and contributed to the UAE’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty.[21]

Al Qasimi founded the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) in 2009[22] which became a full International Publishers Association member in 2012.[23] As President of the EPA, she plays a key role in national efforts to transform the publishing industry, which is valued at $281 million,[24] and advocating for sensible industry regulations such as exempting books from valued added tax. Al Qasimi also chairs the Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 Committee.[25]

Al Qasimi was the Founding president of the United Arab Emirates chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which promotes literacy, and administers the Sharjah IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.[26] She has called for redefining the principle of freedom to publish[27] in the Arab World and globally in several international conferences and forums such as the Arab Publishers Conference in the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.[28] To support publishers, authors, and content creators in having their work recognized and protected, Al Qasimi has led discussions with the Ministry of Economy, Emirates Writers Union, and the Emirates Intellectual Property Association on the need to establish a reproduction rights organization and enhance copyright enforcement in the United Arab Emirates.[29]

Education[edit]

Bodour Al Qasimi holds a BA (Hons) degree from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University College London (UCL).[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bodour Al Qasimi re-elected as President of Emirates Publishers Association". sharjah24. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Shaikha Bodour named vice-president of International Publishers Association". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  3. ^ "200 Most Powerful Arab Women – 2014: Family Business". forbes middle east.
  4. ^ (Wam). "Shaikha Bodour in powerful Arab women list by Forbes". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  5. ^ "Gallimard and Kalimat Sign Publishing Collaboration Agreement in Paris". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Bodour Al Qasimi – مؤسسة كلمات لتمكين الأطفال". Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  7. ^ "Bodour Al Qasimi to Champion Youth Empowerment at World Economic Forum 2015". Global Education Magazine. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  8. ^ "Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi attends launch of Sheraa's new co-working hub at AUS". American University of Sharjah. 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  9. ^ "Bodour Al Qasimi: UAE has become an international destination for entrepreneurs". wam. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  10. ^ "Etisalat Award". etisalataward.ae. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  11. ^ "Bodour Al Qasimi inaugurates first smart classrooms in Sharjah kindergarten (NEWS)". edarabia.com. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  12. ^ "Sheikha Bodour | Sharjah Update". Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  13. ^ "kalimat". kalimat.
  14. ^ "كلمات للنشر – About Us". Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  15. ^ "Gallimard and Kalimat Sign Publishing Collaboration Agreement in Paris". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  16. ^ "BOLOGNA PRIZE FOR THE BEST CHILDREN'S PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR" (PDF). bookfair.
  17. ^ events, Stay up to date with all our. "Kalimat becomes first Emirati publishing house to win Bologna Children's Book Fair Award". Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  18. ^ "Kalimat Foundation supports Swedish libraries with 2,000 Arabic books". wam. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Stockholm Librarian Elisabet Risberg on Arabic Books in Sweden". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Kalimat Foundation's Ara Initiative Helps Sight-Impaired Children Read". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Marrakesh Notification No 3 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled". wipo. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  22. ^ "epa". epa.
  23. ^ "UAE granted membership into international publishing ring". the national. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  24. ^ "Frankfurt's The Markets: A Snapshot of the United Arab Emirates". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  25. ^ "Sharjah named World Book Capital 2019". unesco. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  26. ^ "IBBY United Arab Emirates". ibby.
  27. ^ "In Sharjah, Calls for Discussion of Redefining Freedom to Publish". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  28. ^ "In Sharjah, Calls for Discussion of Redefining Freedom to Publish". publishing perspectives. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  29. ^ "The UAE will place intellectual rights at the very centre". gulf news. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  30. ^ "Sheikha Al-Qasimi Is the First Arab Woman to Be Appointed VP of the International Publishers Association". About Her. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2018-12-12.

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