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|Date of birth||August 8,1959|
|Spouse||Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani|
|Parents||Nasser Abdulah Al-Missned|
|Children||Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani|
|Grandchildren||Aisha bint Tamim Al Thani|
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Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned is the consort of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar. Sheikha Moza is co-founder and chairperson of the Qatar Foundation.
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned (Arabic: موزا بنت ناصر المسند, born 15 January 1959) is the consort of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar. Sheikha Moza is co-founder and chairperson of the Qatar Foundation.
Moza is the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Missned, a well-known opposition activist and the former head of the Al Muhannada confederation of Bani Hajer. After being released from prison due to his political activities and as an act of defiance against the policies of the deposed former Emir Ahmad bin Ali Al Thani, Nasser bin Abdullah led the entire Al Muhannada clan into self-imposed exile to Kuwait in 1964. Nasser returned to Qatar with his immediate family in 1977, the year in which his daughter Moza married Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, when he was heir apparent of Qatar. She received a BA in Sociology from Qatar University in 1986, and holds a MA in Public Policy in Islam from Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Imperial College London, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Moza co-founded and chairs the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), which was set up in 1995.Moza also acted as chairperson of Silatech since 2008, chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation, and president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs since 1998. She has been vice-president of the Supreme Education Council since 2002 and was UNESCO's Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education in 2003. In 2002, she and former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani opened the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medicine. Besides this, she is the chairperson of Sidra Medical and Research Center, a high-tech women's and children's hospital in Doha. She also endowed this medical center with $7.9 billion.Unlike many other monarchical wives in the Middle East, Moza has been a high-profile figure in her nation's politics and society, actively involved in Qatar's government. She was a driving force behind Education City and Al Jazeera Children's Channel. She is the owner of Le Tanneur, a French leather-goods manufacturer. Additionally, she has been named as one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women at #74. She was listed in the 'Top 100 most powerful Arabs' from 2013 to 2017 by Gulf Business.As the public consort of the emir, she has represented Qatar alongside her husband and on her own at many international events, including state visits and royal weddings. She has become known for her personal style, customising haute couture designs to fit Qatari modesty rules.She works with the UN to support global education and has been selected as a United Nations Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.Moza initiated the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a forum for innovative solutions to international health challenges.Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA), launched in September 2018 under the patronage of Moza bint Nasser as Honorary Chair and co-Chaired by Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and Tania Fares (Founder of Fashion Trust), is an initiative offering financial and business support to womenswear designers.As summarized by The New York Times in 2018, "Sheikha Moza is the object of lurid, often misogynistic insults in the Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian media, where she is portrayed as a power-hungry manipulator of weak men.
In July 2020, a Los Angeles Times investigative report showed that following a 2012 meeting in Los Angeles, California between Sheikha Moza and University of Southern California (USC) president C.L. Max Nikias, arranged by USC trustee Thomas J. Barrack Jr., her son Khalifa Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani was admitted to USC as a transfer student from Los Angeles Mission College, a community college. The Los Angeles Times compared this to the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, "with its allegations of wealthy parents scheming to get underqualified offspring into USC and other universities."
Moza may be styled as "Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser".
Croatia: Grand Cross of the Order of Queen Jelena
Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Honorary Grand Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm (SMN (K)) - Tun (2010)
Morocco: Dame of the Order of Muhammad
Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
Recipient of the King Willem-Alexander Inauguration Medal
Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Henry
Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
United Kingdom: Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Poland: Member of the Decoration of the Smile
Royal Institute of International Affairs: Chatham House Prize
Recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy
Carnegie Mellon University: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
George Bush Presidential Library: George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service
Virginia Commonwealth University: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
The royal couple has five sons and two daughters:
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1978) – heir apparent of Qatar until 2003.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Prince of Qatar (born 1980) – heir apparent of Qatar (2003–2013), current Emir of Qatar.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1983).
Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1984) – director of the Emir's Office since 2009.
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1986).
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1988).
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1991).
Official site of Moza bint Nasser
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