The Qatar Foundation was founded by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, within the year he over thrown his father in a bloodless coup to gain control over Qatar in 1995. His wife, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, was made chairperson of the foundation and is considered the driving force to the foundation.
The vision of the foundation is to run a non profit indipendant and private organisation that will aim to develop abilities of the Qatari people and help improve them for an ever changing world. There will be centers of excellence which develop people’s abilities through investments in human capital. State of the art facilities to encourage innovative technologies and working with partnerships and elite organisations. The Qatar National Vision 2030, was published in 2008 and outlines a plan to make their country, a modern knowledge based economy funded by revenues from hydrocarbon resources, in keeping with an ever changing world. in essence, as their quote says ” Unlocking Human Potential”.
The 3 Pillars.
The three pillars are Education, Science & Research and Community Development. these are considered to be key to unlocking the human potential in developing not only Qatar, but the rest of the world.
The Qatar foundation has a world wide outreach to help raise awareness through clever advertising, using sponsorship with Barcelona Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have also got global attraction with acquiring several american university’s to branch out into Qatar. and the introduction of big named businesses and banks into setting up in Qatar.
the Qatar Foundation website: http://www.qf.org.qa/home