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|Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned|
|Consort to the Emir of Qatar|
|Tenure||27 June 1995 – 25 June 2013|
|Born||8 August 1959|
Al Khor, Qatar
|Issue||Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad|
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad
Sheikha Hind bint Hamad
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad
|Father||Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Missned|
|Occupation||Chair, Qatar Foundation|
UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, 2003
Chair of the Board, Arab Democracy Foundation
UN Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned (Arabic: موزا بنت ناصر المسند; born 8 August 1959) is one of the three consorts of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of the State of Qatar. She is co-founder and chairperson of the Qatar Foundation.
Early life and education
Moza is the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Missned, a well-known opposition activist and the former head of the Al Muhannada confederation of Bani Hajer. After being released from prison due to his political activities and as an act of defiance against the policies of the deposed former Emir Ahmad bin Ali Al Thani, Nasser bin Abdullah led the entire Al Muhannada clan into self-imposed exile to Kuwait in 1964. Nasser returned to Qatar with his immediate family in 1977, the year in which his daughter Moza married Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, when he was heir apparent of Qatar.
She received a BA in Sociology from Qatar University in 1986, and holds a MA in Public Policy in Islam from Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Imperial College London, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
According to a Los Angeles Times investigation published in July 2020, Sheikha Moza's son Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was accepted to USC as a transfer student from the community college Los Angeles Mission College after she met USC president C. L. Max Nikias in 2012 in Los Angeles, California, at the behest of USC trustee Thomas J. Barrack Jr.
Areas of work
Moza co-founded and chairs the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), which was set up in 1995.
Moza also acted as chairperson of Silatech since 2008, chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation, and president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs since 1998. She has been vice-president of the Supreme Education Council since 2002 and was UNESCO's Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education in 2003. In 2002, she and former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani opened the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medicine. Besides this, she is the chairperson of Sidra Medical and Research Center, a high-tech women's and children's hospital in Doha. She also endowed this medical center with $7.9 billion.
She is the owner of Le Tanneur, a French leather-goods manufacturer. Additionally, in 2010, she was named as one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women at #74. She was listed in the 'Top 100 most powerful Arabs' from 2013 to 2017 by Gulf Business.
According to Vogue, she has customised haute couture designs to fit Qatari modesty rules. She has been involved with Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA), launched in September 2018, which focuses on womenswear designs.
As summarized by The New York Times in 2018, "Sheikha Moza is the object of lurid, often misogynistic insults in the Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian media, where she is portrayed as a power-hungry manipulator of weak men.
Titles, styles, and honours
|Reference style||Her Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Highness|
Titles and styles
- Croatia: Grand Cross of the Order of Queen Jelena
- Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Morocco: Dame of the Order of Muhammad
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Henry
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
- United Kingdom: Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
- Poland: Member of the Decoration of the Smile
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy
- Carnegie Mellon University: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
- George Bush Presidential Library: George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service
- Virginia Commonwealth University: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
The royal couple has five sons and two daughters:
- Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1978) – heir apparent of Qatar until 2003.
- Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Prince of Qatar (born 1980) – heir apparent of Qatar (2003–2013), current Emir of Qatar.
- Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1983).
- Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1984) – director of the Emir's Office since 2009.
- Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1986).
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1988).
- Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1991).
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