His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al Thani, Ph.D., is Chairman of Media City Qatar and Advisor in the Amiri Diwan.

Dr. Al Thani served as Vice President of Education at Qatar Foundation and as President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

He is Vice Chairman of the Qatar University Board of Regents and is the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director for Qatar Leadership Center. He also serves on international boards of Georgetown University, Baker Institute, and the American University of Beirut.

A patron of the arts, Dr. Al Thani received the title of Commandeur, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and established the Al Markhiya Gallery for Arab Art and East Wing, a global photography platform. He supports Qatar Museums’ arts initiatives.

He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, a Master of Science from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Science from Qatar University, where he also taught engineering.