The Institute

Doha Film Institute leadership

  • HE Sheikha Al Mayassa

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    Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

    DFI CHAIR

    H.E. plays an important role in developing Qatar’s cultural and intellectual vision through her leadership in various local and global initiatives.
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    Under her aegis, DFI is Qatar’s leading international film organisation dedicated to cinematic appreciation, education, and building a sustainable film industry in Qatar and throughout the region.

    In addition, H.E. is the Chairperson of the global charity, Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) that focuses on community development projects with specific emphasis on promoting global responsibility for basic and quality primary education. H.E. is also the Chairperson of Qatar Museum Authority, and envisaged the internationally acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art, creating a country rich in arts by bridging the divide between past and present and east and west.

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  • HE Sheikh Mohammed

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    His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Fahad Al-Thani

    DFI BOARD VICE-CHAIR AND FESTIVAL BOARD CHAIR

    H.E. is Minister of State and the Chairman of the supervisory Committee of Amiri Yacht 2010.
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    H.E. was previously appointed Assistant Chief of Staff for Operation in 1989, Chairman of Qatar Olympic Committee in 1993, Chief of Amiri Protocol with the statues of minister in 1995, and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Amiri flight in 2009. Subsequently, H.E was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of Qatar Airways in 2010. After graduating from Sandhurst Military Academy in 1976, H.E. was appointed chief of military police in 1977.

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  • His Excellency Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

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    His Excellency Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

    FESTIVAL BOARD VICE-CHAIR

  • HE Dr Hassan

    His Excellency Dr. Hassan Ali Al-Nimah

    DFI BOARD MEMBER AND FESTIVAL BOARD VICE-CHAIR

    H.E. is the Advisor for Cultural Affairs in the office of His Highness The Emir of Qatar …
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    … and part of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage of the State of Qatar. H.E. has played significant roles in Qatari education, culture and foreign affairs since starting his career in the Qatari Ministry of Education in 1958. He was a member of the Qatar Delegation to the Congress of Arab Ministers of Education in 1968, obtained his PhD in Oriental Studies in 1974 from Cambridge University.

    In 1975, H.E. Dr Hassan Al-Nimah was also nominated as the Ambassador for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as a permanent Delegate of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in New York.

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  • His Excellency Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousuf Bin Jassem Al-Thani

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    His Excellency Sheikh Jabor Bin Yousuf Bin Jassem Al-Thani

    FESTIVAL BOARD MEMBER

    H.E. is Minister of State and previously held the position of General Director of Qatar News Agency, …
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    … Chief Executive Officer for Qatar Media Corporation, and worked within the Ministry of Interior. H.E. joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held the position of Director of the Foreign Minister’s office, Director of the First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister’s office, and Acting Director of the Prime Minister’s office. H.E. Sheikh Jabor also worked as the Director of International Agreements and Organisations, and as the Chairman of the Documents Committee for the Islamic Conference Summit.

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  • Mr. Mansour Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud

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    Mr. Mansour Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud

    DFI EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

    Mansour Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud is a senior executive engaged in cultivating Qatar’s evolving public sphere.
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    The breadth of his corporate and community involvement extends beyond oil and gas, as he endeavors to enhance the small and medium enterprise sector through key initiatives and partnerships.

    A significant portion of his work is aligning the visions of the public and private sectors to develop stronger links between companies, and the government’s strategic objectives.

    Mr. Al-Mahmoud was appointed the Office Director of the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar’s Office at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), where he helped elevate the nation’s international investment relations. The growing spectrum of his expertise extends to his executive board appointments at Qatari Diar, Qatar National Bank and Hassad Food Company. Ultimately, Mr. Al Mahmoud elevates education, awareness, and collaboration as a catalyst for the nation’s social and economic development."

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  • Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Khalid Al-Khater

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    Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Khater

    CEO, Doha Film Institute

    As Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Khater steers the overall strategy and direction of the organisation.
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    Since he joined in 2012, Al-Khater has played a key role in expanding the Institute’s mandate and restructuring its operations. Al-Khater has led various initiatives in support of the Institute’s core mandate to nurture and grow the local and regional film industries; as well as major partnerships with the worldwide film community and the international expansion of the Institute’s Grants Programme. Al-Khater was instrumental in redefining the film festival platform of the Institute, and led the launch of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival and the Qumra Doha Film Festival, which aim to position Qatar as a cultural incubator for the region and beyond.

    Under his leadership, the Institute has formed strategic alliances with cultural organisations including the Sarajevo and Giffoni Film Festivals, and entered into a transformational development and production partnership with Participant Media. With over 14 years of executive experience, Al-Khater has extensive regional and international expertise in management, banking, information technology, operations, finance and logistics. He has previously held senior positions at Al Khaliji Commercial Bank, the International Bank of Qatar and HSBC.

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