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, 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.