Dr. Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad held many senior positions in teaching, administration and research over the course of more than three decades, before assuming the presidency of Qatar University in 2003. Before this, she held the position of Vice President for Research and Community Development at Qatar University (2000-2003) and Head of its Department of Foundations of Education (1992-1995), while being a member of its University Council between 1986–1989 and 1998–2004.
She participated in programs designed to enhance Qatar’s general and higher education systems, and was a founding member of Qatar Foundation as well as a member of the Supreme Education Council which supervised the Education for a New Era (EFNE) initiative for educational development.
In recognition of her continuous and distinguished contributions to Qatar’s education sector, an Emiri Decree was issued granting Dr. Al Misnad the rank of a Minister.
Dr. Al Misnad is also a member of many international entities and institutions. In June 2004, she was selected to become a member of the United Nations University Council. In 2009, she was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo.
In January 2008, Dr. Al Misnad was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Durham University in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the field of education, as well as an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University in Canada.
She was also elected as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in the United Nations, a member of the World Justice Project’s Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian University of Women in Bangladesh. In addition, she is a member of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and has recently been appointed as a member of the Qatar America Institute for Culture.