Fellow for Culture and Sports
Fatima Al-Dosari is a Fellow at the Qatar-America Institute specializing in Culture and Sports. Her background is in communications, international relations, human rights, and the Middle East. She has conducted extensive academic and professional research on topics at the intersection of culture and technology, such as the socioeconomics of pre-oil Qatar, virtual tribal identity in the Gulf, youth sentiment toward U.S.-Middle East affairs, humanitarian technology in sports, and cyberterrorism discourse analysis.
Fatima’s work in Culture and Sports became more focused after Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid. Through cross-cultural and strategic communication, research, and advocacy on labor workers’ welfare and social responsibility, she has consulted for governmental and intergovernmental organization, academic institutions, and corporations in Qatar and the U.S.
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.
U.S.-Gulf Affairs, Communications, Human Rights, International Development, Media Analysis
Director of External Relations
Cedric Craig is the Director of External Relations at the Qatar-America Institute, specializing in communications, marketing and public relations with a penchant for relationship building and organizational outreach & branding.
Cedric’s experience prior to QAI includes heading marketing for a political big data analytics company, serving as director of community for a global freelancer recruitment firm, and leading marketing and communications efforts for a federally-focused IT solutions firm. He has also worked as a freelance communications contractor for Washington, DC-based think tanks where he authored several reports on topics ranging from fossil fuel divestment & climate change and Middle Eastern/Gulf relations and policy.
Outside of his professional career, Cedric is an active participant in the Washington, D.C. startup and entrepreneurial community, serving as an event coordinator and community organizer.
Cedric attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where he received a B.A. in Communications and a B.A. in French.
Communications, Public Relations, Marketing/Branding, Environmental Affairs
Events and Operations Manager
Yasmine Ahmed is currently the Events and Operations Manager at the Qatar America Institute. In this role, she is responsible for managing events and overseeing office operations. Yasmine has been in the administrative field for seven years and has worked in several different industries, including educational consulting, opinion research, strategic consulting, and hospitality.
Yasmine, a native to the Washington, DC area, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2014 with a B.A. in Global Studies concentrated in the Middle East.
Mass Communications, Strategy, Event Management, Government Affairs
Public Relations Specialist
Sara joins the Qatar-America Institute as Public Relations Specialist with over seven years of experience in integrated marketing, public relations, and graphic design. She has consulted on projects for multinational brands such as P&G, Yum! Brands, CIGNA International and Allstate; solving client challenges with audience insights and bringing strategies and ideas to life through visuals, experiences, and authentic content.
Prior to QAI, Sara served as the Communications Manager at Qatar Foundation International, a global education not-for-profit in Washington DC; leading her department in implementing outreach and communication strategies to foster greater understanding of the Arabic language and Arab culture and to inspire meaningful connections between the Americas and the Arab world.
Sara received her B.A. in Graphic Design at American University and her Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) at Northwestern University, specializing in consumer analytics, branding, and digital strategy. During her time at Northwestern University’s Medill School, she co-founded and co-chaired the Medill IMC Emerging Markets Committee, the first of its kind, dedicated to researching and aligning the IMC methodology to the rarely understood communications landscapes of emerging markets; subsequently publishing a paper on the topic in the Journal of Integrated Marketing and Communications.
As a Qatari expat studying and living abroad for almost two decades, Sara strongly believes in the power of cross-cultural exposure and education in bridging divides and building global understanding. She joins the QAI team with the goal of championing that passion and advancing the strong ties between Qatar and the US.
Senior Officer, Programs & Communications
Ali Malik is the Senior Officer of Programs and Communications at the Qatar-America Institute (QAI). Before joining QAI, Ali worked as a Research Consultant at the Stimson Centers, South Asia Program. At Stimson, he performed content analysis studies on South Asian primary source materials, with a particular focus on nuclear policy within the subcontinent.
Ali most recently served as a summer researcher at Stanford University’s, Hoover Institution studying the various causes of ethnic conflict and the best strategies in alleviating differences between various ethnic groups. Ali has extensive experience navigating Washington’s foreign policy community and frequently conducted congressional outreach through his time as a Policy Analyst within the Diplomatic Wing at the Embassy of Pakistan, as well as a researcher with the South Asia Program at the Hudson Institute.
Ali has written for The Hudson Institute, The Stimson Center and has been published within The Diplomat, The Express Tribune, India Today, and Daily O. Ali is well versed in both Middle East & South Asian politics, Asian economic & geopolitical issues, statistical economic analysis, and U.S. foreign & defense policy.
Communications, Research, Middle East Politics, Economy, International Affairs
Shuran Huang is an award-winning photographer based in Washington D.C. Most recently, she worked as a photographer and photo editor at NPR Headquarters in Washington D.C. Before moving to Washington D.C., Ms. Huang was a member of the Visura Mentorship program in New York and interned at the Buffalo News, Western New York’s No. 1 news source.
Her most recent project, Strands of Love, was shortlisted for Seina International Photo Awards 2019. Shuran was awarded the grand prize in the 2018 PDN Faces Portrait Photography Contest, the West Award by Momenta Workshop 2019 Project New Orleans, & selected by the New York Times 2019 Portfolio Review and Magenta Flash Forward as one of the top 100 international emerging photographers.
She earned her master’s degree in photography from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She studied and graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international journalism.
Her work has appeared in NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker, LG and Netflix.