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QNRF Newsletter Archive
Dr Michael Reksulak - Director, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr Michael Reksulak - Director, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Dr. Michael Reksulak is the Director for Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at the Qatar National Research Fund. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Melton Foundation, which is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives.


Dr. Abdulla Al Kamali - Special Programs Manager

Dr. Abdulla Al Kamali - Special Programs Manager

Dr. Abdullah Al-Kamali has worked as Special Programs Manager for QNRF for the past four and a half years, dealing with the K-12 (Kindergarten - grade 12) education program and Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP). He graduated with a BA in Education from Qatar University in 1994 and has spent 20 years working in the field of education

Dr. Abdulla Al Kamali - Special Programs Manager

Dr. Abdulla Al Kamali - Special Programs Manager

Abdullah Al-Kamali has worked as Special Programs Manager for QNRF for the past four and a half years, dealing with the K-12 (Kindergarten - grade 12) education program and Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP). He graduated with a BA in Education from Qatar University in 1994 and has spent 20 years working in the field of education, working his way up from teaching to being the senior expert of curriculum standards at the Supreme Education Council (SEC). He received his PhD in the Philosophy of Education from the University of Arkansas in 2007.

Mr Anhi Hong - Senior Award Administrator

Mr Anhi Hong - Senior Award Administrator

Anhi Hong has a background in financial economics and has previously worked in the post-award offices of King's College London, Imperial College, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. He joined QNRF in 2011.

During my time at KAUST I first heard about Qatar Foundation through networking and gradually more every day in the media. Up until then I knew very little about Qatar. Whilst researching QF, I came across QNRF, and the vital role they played in facilitating a research culture in Qatar and engaging renowned researchers from around the world to collaborate and conduct research with scientists here in Qatar. QF and QNRF, with their initiatives and mission to unlock human potential, was appealing. I felt with my background and experience I can contribute to this cause and it has been a wonderful journey so far. 


Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, Deputy Executive Director

Formerly the Director-Technical, QNRF, Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari was recently promoted to the position of QNRF's Deputy Executive Director. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, USA, with a focus on biometrics, computer vision and pattern recognition as well as signal and image processing. Before joining QNRF he was a Naval Engineering Officer with the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces. Dr. Al-Ansari possesses a wealth of skills in leadership from various positions at the navy. His past research involvement in graduate school gained him experience in research collaboration, peer reviewing, proposal preparations and fund management. He is a senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems.

Mahmoud Talaat, Director of Operations

Mahmoud Talaat, Director of Operations

Over the past six and a half years, Mahmoud Talaat has worked his way from Support Services Manager at QNRF to Director of Operations. As this interview will attest, his growth mirrors that of the dynamic funding agency. With a deep understanding of ground-level operations, Mr. Talaat brings a unique degree of passion and insight to his position. He delights in the potential of Qatar and the talk of future programs and advancement at QNRF.

Dr. Thenaa Said, Program Manager for Biomedical and Health Sciences

Dr. Thenaa Said, Program Manager for Biomedical and Health Sciences

After 16 years as a faculty member and researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA—specializing in breast cancer research—Dr. Thenaa Said joined QNRF in 2006. She is excited about the growth and development occurring in Qatar and the future of medical and all sectors of research therein.

Mrs. Noor Al-Merekhi, NPRP Program Manager

Mrs. Noor Al-Merekhi, NPRP Program Manager

Born and raised in Qatar, Noor Al-Merekhi has been working with QNRF since the inception of its National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). As its manager, she says one of the strengths of the Program and QNRF at large is the application of lessons learned.