Fatima leads the institute’s efforts to further strengthen cultural understanding, dialogue, and appreciation between her home country, Qatar, and the United States. Her scope of work focuses on strategic planning and development, outreach, and fundraising to grow the organization, and create long-term cultural partnerships between the two countries. She also leverages her wide-ranging knowledge of Qatari culture, Arabic fluency, and decade experience of cultural exchange to advance QAI’s research, programming, and communication initiatives.
Fatima’s academic and professional background is in international relations, communications, and human development. Her academic and professional research expertise focuses on topics at the intersection of culture and technology, such as oral history and socioeconomics of pre-oil Qatar, virtual tribal identity in the Gulf, public policy & youth sentiment towards U.S.-Middle East affairs, ICTs in sports, interactive fashion design, and cyberterrorism discourse analysis.
Fatima’s previous work experience include strategizing and managing various digital properties for international organizations in the media industry and UN agencies. She also consulted for several governmental organizations, academic institutions, and corporations both in Qatar and the U.S. focusing on strategic communication, data analysis, and policy on topics such as human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR), particularly in relation to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Fatima was awarded an M.A. from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology (CCT) Program and received her B.A. in International Affairs and Human Development from Qatar University. She’s currently enrolled in an Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.
US-Qatar relations, Communications Strategies, International Development, Cultural Affairs