Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

Presented Digitally by Texas A&M University at Qatar

SPECIAL GUEST

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Executive Director, Qatar National Research Fund

QNRF: 15 Years of Enabling Research Excellence in Qatar

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 • 12–1 p.m.

QNRF logoThe talk will elaborate on how QNRF is enabling research excellence in Qatar to advance knowledge and education, improve the health and well-being of its people, and advance Qatar’s progress toward its national vision and sustainability goals by supporting original and competitive research in all fields of science through its rich and diverse portfolio of funding programs and initiatives.

In his talk, Dr. Al-Taie will shed light on QNRF’s remarkable journey and how it has grown in age over the past 15 years to become the leading research funding agency in the region. He will elaborate on QNRF’s pivotal role in building the much-needed local human capacity in research as well as a robust research infrastructure along with nurturing a thriving culture of scientific research to address the grand challenges and priority research areasfor Qatar. Moreover, Dr. Al-Taie will share how QNRF has helped the scientific research community in Qatar forge fruitful partnerships both locally and internationally to raise Qatar’s profile as an internationally leading research hub.

Dr. Al-Taie will touch base on the agility and responsiveness of QNRF in addressing and adapting to the various changes and phases in RDI governance and ecosystem in Qatar beginning with the launch of Qatar National Vision (QNV 2030) in 2008, and detailing QNRF’s evolving role with the establishment of the ex-QF RD Enterprise back in 2011, the launch of Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) in 2012 and the identification of the country Grand Challenges in research in 2014, and finally ending with the establishment of Qatar RDI Council ( QRDIC) in 2018 and the launch of the new Qatar RDI Strategy 2030 in 2020.

Finally, Dr. Al-Taie will allude to some landmark achievements and key societal, technological, and economic impact made possible through QNRF. To finish, he will share a selection of success stories of some outstanding projects awarded to key investigators coming from academic, government and private sectors covering diverse and wide-ranging research areas including Education, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Water Security, ICT, Environment protection, Sustainable urbanization among many others.

QNRF: 15 Years of Enabling Research Excellence in Qatar

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 • 12–1 p.m.

QNRF logoThe talk will elaborate on how QNRF is enabling research excellence in Qatar to advance knowledge and education, improve the health and well-being of its people, and advance Qatar’s progress toward its national vision and sustainability goals by supporting original and competitive research in all fields of science through its rich and diverse portfolio of funding programs and initiatives.

In his talk, Dr. Al-Taie will shed light on QNRF’s remarkable journey and how it has grown in age over the past 15 years to become the leading research funding agency in the region. He will elaborate on QNRF’s pivotal role in building the much-needed local human capacity in research as well as a robust research infrastructure along with nurturing a thriving culture of scientific research to address the grand challenges and priority research areasfor Qatar. Moreover, Dr. Al-Taie will share how QNRF has helped the scientific research community in Qatar forge fruitful partnerships both locally and internationally to raise Qatar’s profile as an internationally leading research hub.

Dr. Al-Taie will touch base on the agility and responsiveness of QNRF in addressing and adapting to the various changes and phases in RDI governance and ecosystem in Qatar beginning with the launch of Qatar National Vision (QNV 2030) in 2008, and detailing QNRF’s evolving role with the establishment of the ex-QF RD Enterprise back in 2011, the launch of Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) in 2012 and the identification of the country Grand Challenges in research in 2014, and finally ending with the establishment of Qatar RDI Council ( QRDIC) in 2018 and the launch of the new Qatar RDI Strategy 2030 in 2020.

Finally, Dr. Al-Taie will allude to some landmark achievements and key societal, technological, and economic impact made possible through QNRF. To finish, he will share a selection of success stories of some outstanding projects awarded to key investigators coming from academic, government and private sectors covering diverse and wide-ranging research areas including Education, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Water Security, ICT, Environment protection, Sustainable urbanization among many others.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Executive Director, Qatar National Research Fund

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie is the Executive Director of Qatar National Research Fund. He earned his BSc, MSc, and PhD, all from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, London.

Prior to his formative work at Qatar Foundation, Dr. Al-Taie held key positions in Iraq with the Ministry of Oil, the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission, Ministry of Industry & Minerals, and the National Committee for Technology Transfer where he played key roles in the planning, design and implementation of numerous strategic projects spanning various industrial sectors including Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Food and Drug, and pharmaceutical industries.

In 1991 he was appointed to lead the Supreme Supervisory Committee for the Reconstruction Campaigns where he led hundreds of engineers and technicians to rebuild the numerous oil refineries, electricity power stations, and the famous Baby Milk Plant destroyed during the Gulf War.

Later on, in his role as a facilitator of the Pan-industrial Sector Research Committee in Iraq, he participated in the identification of the research grand challenges and the development of the National Science and Technology Strategy for the Republic of Iraq. In addition, he was involved in the overseeing of a number of mega research programs.

In addition to the above roles, Dr. Al-Taie has also severed as an external lecturer at various Iraqi universities and supervised several MSc and PhD students.

Over a distinguished career spanning 30 years in Iraq, he received numerous accolades and decorations including the Jabir Bin Hayyan Medal, the Reconstruction Medal, the High Merit Accolade, and the prestigious Science Medal of the Republic of Iraq.

Under his leadership since 2006, QNRF has developed into a world-renowned organization enabling Qatar to achieve R&D excellence, progress towards realizing Qatar’s vision for economic, human, and social development, and achieve its goals to become a sustainable and diversified society.

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About the Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

In the Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series, faculty from Texas A&M University at Qatar and distinguished external guests present a 45-minute community seminar to promote knowledge on topics central to Qatar’s pursuit of a knowledge-based economy. These seminars are centered around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, energy, water, food security and infrastructure, among other topics. The seminars will be designed for a general, nontechnical audience, and participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation. The seminar presentations will be delivered in English. Everyone in Qatar is invited to participate.

The seminars are delivered electronically using Zoom videoconferencing technology. For each seminar, a calendar link will provide the instructions for connecting to the seminar.

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The Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series is open to all residents of Qatar. There is no cost beyond your standard Internet connection.

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