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Houriya Ahmed

Houriya is Head of Policy and Research at the CEO’s Office in Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), where she has worked since 2012. Her role at the Foundation has been to strengthen QF’s public policy ecosystem to help support Qatar’s national development.

She previously served as a Research Fellow for a number of years with London-based think tanks focusing on religious life in the public sphere, community relations, extremism and terrorism in the UK, where her work influenced UK government policy.

She has written for a number of prominent outlets including The Times of London, Foreign Policy, Daily Telegraph and Now Lebanon. She has also provided expert commentary on the Al Jazeera television network, the BBC, and Sky News among other international news agencies. Houriya has spoken and debated on a variety of platforms including at the British, European and Italian parliaments.

Houriya briefly worked in Turkey with Sabanci Holding, one of the biggest conglomerates in the country, and in India with a local Gujarati human rights NGO. She pursued her education in the United Kingdom and now lives in Qatar.

Education: London School of Economics and Political Science, B.A. (Hons.) in Anthropology and Law; School of Oriental and African Studies, M.A. (Hons.) in International Studies and Diplomacy

Hometown: Doha, Qatar

Favorite Quote: “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Khalil Gibran

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