Qatar: woman appointed to key communications ministry

Hessa Al Jaber, among the 100 most powerful Arab women

27 June, 18:08

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA, JUNE 27 - New Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani appointed a woman to head the key communications ministry.

    Hessa Al-Jaber, the third woman to cover such a high post in the history of the emirate, has been chief of telecoms regulatory agency ictQATAR since 2004, and was ranked 20th on Arabian Business weekly's list of 100 most powerful Arab women this year. Powerful Qatari women who did not make it on that list, but who between them have molded the country and actively manage billionaire accounts, are the emir's second wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, and her daughter, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani A sociology graduate from Qatar University, Mozah heads the Qatar Foundation financial empire and has brought the world's top universities, from Georgetown to Northwestern, to Doha, providing its citizens with free quality higher education. Al Mayassa obtained degrees in literature and political science from Duke University and did graduate work at the Sorbonne. She presides over the Qatari Museum Authority, and the New York Times has described her as the 26-year-old who convinced world-renowned architect I. M. Pei to build what became a Qatari icon, the Doha Museum of Islamic Art. Another member of the royal clan, Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al-Thani, ranks 6th on the Arabian Business list, preceded by women from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.


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