QAI Announces New Board of Directors

QAI is honored to announce a new Board of Directors, as well as the Board’s new Chairwoman, Peggy Loar. The new Board now consists of both Qatari and American professionals who will help bring QAI to the forefront of the US-Qatar partnership and position our institution to create an ever-growing footprint within the United States. The new Board brings a wealth of knowledge due to their deep understanding of the US-Qatar partnership and a perspective that has been shaped by an experience in a wide array of fields dealing with the art, culture, and academia.

Our new Chairwoman, Peggy Loar, is a museum professional with global experience in museum planning, and program development, museum architecture and design, and museum leadership. From 2008 to 2013, she served as the founding Director of the new National Museum of Qatar, in Doha, designed by Jean Nouvel, where she brought 30 years of experience in museum planning and management, exhibition design and educational programming to the Qatar Museums Authority.


Brief Board Member Overview:

Sheikha Al-Misnad, is an academic who has occupied numerous positions in teaching, administration, and research for over three decades, including the presidency of Qatar University from 2003 to 2015. Ashraf Abu-Issa is a Qatari businessman and the Chairman of Abuissa Holding. Khalid Ibrahim AI-Sulaiti, Ph.D. is currently the General Manager of Katara Cultural Village Foundation and brings 20+ years of progressive experience in academia, marketing, and management positions spanning several sectors.

Sandra Bell Wilkins has had a career in fashion since 1968 and was the Chair of the Fashion Department at VCUQatar from 2005 to 2016. Stephen Pettit most recently served as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Qatari Diar, America’s Division, where he was responsible for strategic planning, relationship management, complex negotiations, and as a director of numerous subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures of Qatari Diar in Europe and the Americas. Josh Corless is the vice president, International Government Affairs & Political Risk for ConocoPhillips. Christopher Nixon Cox is a businessman and lawyer living in New York City. He is the owner of OC Global Partners, LLC, a company specializing in cross border transactions. A.T. Smith, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is an independent consultant specializing in business development in the security, cybersecurity, privacy, and identity space.


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