Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani

CEO and Vice Chair of The Qatar Foundation

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

60 Minutes

Special Briefing: A Discussion of Education, Women's Rights and the Blockade

About the Topic

This is a special briefing event for our Patrons and Young Patrons.


Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, the 34-year-old CEO of the Qatar Foundation, will join us for a moderated briefing on her work in education, the development of women’s rights in the region, and the impact of the blockade on Qatar.

Established in 1995, Qatar Foundation developed “Education City,” a sprawling complex with some 50 centers of learning for approximately 10,000 students and researchers. Based in Doha, it includes campuses for six American universities. Sheikha Hind is focused on helping Qatar achieve its vision as a global hub with a knowledge-based economy.


Qatari women constitute 51% of the country’s workforce, the highest rate among Gulf nations. Women in Qatar have had the right to drive and vote for over 20 years. More than half the students at Doha’s Education City are women and, according to the Sheikha, are pursuing disciplines "still dominated by men in the US.”


In June 2017, Saudi Arabia's Mohammad bin Salman along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, imposed an economic blockade on Qatar. From The New York Times: “. . . overnight, airplanes and cargo ships bound for Qatar were forced to change course, diplomatic ties were severed and Qatar’s only land border with Saudi Arabia was slammed shut.” Heavily dependent on imports, Qatar saw costs soar for everything from food to building supplies.

About the Speaker

Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani is Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), a private non-profit organization.

Sheikha Hind is actively involved in the delivery of high-quality education across Qatar, launching and supporting various national projects, with a focus on educational initiatives and the teaching profession.

In addition to her role at QF, Sheikha Hind also serves on boards of several education and cultural institutes including, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar National Library, Northwestern University in Qatar, and Teach For Qatar.

Sheikha Hind holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris in Qatar, a MA from University College London, and a BA from Duke University.


Journalist Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson is a veteran producer for CBS News "60 Minutes." Her assignments have ranged from breaking coverage of Haiti's 2010 earthquake to a profile of the Congo’s symphony orchestra. She is also a reporter for the CUNY-TV program, "Arts in the City" and a contributing host for the Carnegie Council's program, "Ethics Matter." Previously, Ms. Laguerre-Wilkinson worked as a correspondent for the "CBS Evening News" and as a producer for "NBC Nightly News" with Tom Brokaw.