2018 AACSB Influential Leader

Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani

Hanadi Al Thani

Qatar University, College of Business and Economics

Qatar

Nonprofit or Community-based Organization


Founder and Chairperson, Amwal

Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani’s vision is to inspire and prepare a generation of Qatari youth to draw on their natural talents, inspiration, passion, and determination and become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani is chair of the board of INJAZ Qatar, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. She established INJAZ Qatar in 2007 and, thanks to the support of 1,500 volunteers and more than 75 companies, has reached over 32,000 students across more than 60 schools and seven universities.

INJAZ Qatar offers programs in elementary, preparatory, and high schools, as well as in youth centers, colleges, and universities. Corporate volunteers serve as inspiring role models for students from first grade to university level, sharing real-life work and entrepreneurship experiences and advice.

Al Thani’s vision is to inspire and prepare a generation of Qatari youth to draw on their natural talents, inspiration, passion, and determination and become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow who fuel a knowledge-based economy by empowering communities and training the next generation.

To that end, she successfully persuaded major corporate players in the Qatari market to join the board of INJAZ and support the organization financially and through in-kind support and employee volunteers to deliver INJAZ programs in school and universities. She also recruited 12 corporate executives to join the board and help create a more sustainable business model for the organization. She even engaged the Ministry of Education to facilitate the delivery of INJAZ programs across all schools in Qatar, and she incorporated elements of INJAZ into the ministry’s newly developed Life Skills program, which focuses on developing work readiness skills for students in secondary public schools in Qatar.

Al Thani leads by example. As an INJAZ volunteer, she shares her experiences with youth and answers their questions and concerns. Through these conversations, she creates awareness on the importance of volunteering and giving back to society as leaders of tomorrow.

Because of her long-term commitment, Al Thani was nominated to chair the regional board of INJAZ Al Arab, a network of 14 Middle East and North Africa countries working to prepare and inspire young Arabs to succeed in a global economy. In 2016, she hosted the Junior Achievement and INJAZ annual international board meeting, during which representatives from 120 countries came to Qatar to discuss current and future plans.

By connecting youth with dedicated business mentors, Al Thani is preparing them to become business leaders and entrepreneurs who inspire the community. Through her tireless effort, she is accelerating the ability of Qatari youth to contribute to the economic development of their nation.