Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Sheikh Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani Fellowship Established at Harvard

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Sheikh Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani Fellowship Established at Harvard

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AT A FEB. 19 signing ceremony at the Harvard Faculty Club library in Cambridge, MA, Qatar's Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al Thani and his mother, Sheikha Mona J. Al Dossarey, gave a $2 million gift to Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government to establish a fellowship fund. The fellowships, donated in honor of Sheikh Sultan's late father, Sheikh Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani, will enable students from poor countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia to participate in the Kennedy School's executive leadership training program.

"The essence of the Kennedy School has always been an abiding commitment to training skilled, enlightened leaders, and this generous gift will allow us to further our mission of public service in countries across the globe," Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood told reporters at the ceremony.

Sheikh Sultan then visited Washington, DC, where he met with community leaders and journalists, including Washington Report publisher Ambassador Andrew Killgore, at the Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 21. As U.S. ambassador to Qatar from 1977 to 1980, Killgore knew Sheikh Suhaim, who was Qatar's first foreign minister after its independence and was instrumental in getting Qatar into the U.N. "Sheikh Suhaim was the most handsome man I ever met," Killgore said. …

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