Analysis

QAI in Doha

On Monday, 09 December 2019, QAI hosted its first Doha salon dinner, titled “Qatar- America: Forging New Paths” at Doha’s newly-opened American hotel, Park Hyatt. The intimate dinner aimed to introduce invitees to QAI’s new leadership and highlight past accomplishments, ongoing activities, upcoming projects, and strategic goals. It also introduced new key partners to the organization, such as the programmatic partnership with the Doha Film Institute (DFI) starting October 2019 and the corporate sponsorship from ConocoPhillips starting in 2020.

Twenty American and Qatari guests with backgrounds ranging from the arts, culture, business, education, and diplomacy enjoyed the family-style dinner served by Qatari Chef Shams Al-Qassabi of Doha’s Opus Restaurant.

In addition to the delicious food, guests also enjoyed an exhibition of artwork graciously loaned by the Al-Bahie auction house, which featured works by Arab and Islamic artists, such as a contemporary bronze horse sculpture by the artist Mohammed Hussain Alkhaldi, a vintage Tabriz rug, and a painting by Baya Mahieddine. QAI’s Executive Director Fatima Al-Dosari led the dinner conversations which included remarks by the dinner’s guest of honor Mr. William Grant, who is the Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Qatar and Mr. J. Todd Creeger, President of the Qatar Business Unit for ConocoPhillips.

Through December 14th-15th 2019, the Qatar-America Institute (QAI) was pleased to attend the Doha Forum. Widely regarded as one of the world’s premier international policy conferences, this year’s theme was “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World.” The Forum convened heads of state, policymakers, scholars, journalists, business leaders, and other distinguished participants to explore new approaches for a more pragmatic, sustainable, and collaborative governance around the world.

HH the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, opened the Forum with a speech calling for greater international cooperation and emphasizing the vital role that non-governmental and non-profit organizations play in civil society.

In between dozens of official panels and sessions covering every topic from foreign affairs to culture, the Forum also serves as a convening space for stakeholders in the U.S.-Qatar relationship. QAI’s leadership attended the 2019 Doha Forum in order to build relationships, gain valuable insight into the topics our audience cares about, and raise international awareness of QAI’s mission.

 

Additionally, a broad array of American individuals, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senior Advisor to the U.S. President Ivanka Trump, among others, participated in this forum. Also, entities extended their support to this forum with organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg, the Stimson Center, The McCain Institute for International Leadership, The Wilson Center, The Middle East Institute, The Brookings Institution, Aspen Institute, The U.S. State Department and USIP, as well as academic institutions such as Yale University, Georgia State University, and Cornell University, and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.

 

Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, former Executive Director, Advisor, and Scientist at NASA and a member of QAI’s Advisory Council was a speaker on the panel titled “Developing the High-Tech Sector in Russia: Prospects for Venture Investment.” Dr. Al-Ali previously participated in QAI’s Expert Voices program touring Stanford, UCLA, The Rand Corporation, Larta Institute, and The Pacific Council on International Policy.

 

 

 

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