Today, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, witnessed the launch ceremony of the Global Institute for Strategic Research (Jisr) affiliated with Hamad Bin Khalifa University, as a new institute and independent, multidisciplinary research center that addresses global challenges related to the areas of governance, progress and peace. .
The ceremony was also attended by Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Foundation and CEO of the Foundation, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and a number of Their Excellencies sheikhs, ministers, senior officials, and experts in this field.
In his opening remarks, Professor Dr. Ahmed Mujahid Omar Hasna, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, said: “The Global Institute for Strategic Research (GISR) reflects Qatar’s prominent position, its pioneering and pivotal role in the region and the world, and its commitment to making a positive impact in many fields, and promoting meaningful discussions.” About many of the global challenges facing humanity today, whether related to climate change, energy, artificial intelligence, and the development of new technologies, or issues that represent a real threat to human life, such as water scarcity, poverty, conflict, or displacement, pointing out that the institute aims, through its research and leadership, to Its intellectual activities and activities aim to provide clear Arab and regional viewpoints on the most pressing challenges facing the State of Qatar, the Middle East region, and the world in general.”
As acting director, Dr. Sultan Barakat, Professor of Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Public Policy, leads the Institute, guided by an international board of distinguished advisors with diverse cultural backgrounds and expertise.
The institute’s launch ceremony included a number of panel discussions and roundtable sessions with thought leaders from around the world, who contributed to discussions on artificial intelligence, the energy transition, as well as the challenge of maintaining peace in fragile states, in which senior experts from centers participated. Prestigious thought and research at the world level, most notably the Center for Security and International Studies, the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, the Overseas Development Institute (Chatham House) in London, and the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, as well as leaders from the Savannah Center in Abuja, Who came to Doha to participate in the launch ceremony of the institute as an expression of their appreciation and solidarity with its mission.