Our senior leadership
Our senior leaders all share a passion for arts and heritage, and are committed to driving Qatar’s cultural sector forward. Find out more about each of them below.
H.E. Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Attiyah
Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali
H.E. Yousef Hussein Kamal
H.E. Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al Kawari, member of the Board of Trustees
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdul Raheem Kafoud
H.E. Dr. Hessa Sultan Al Jaber
Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud
Special Advisor to H.E. The Chairperson, Qatar Museums
Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud joined Qatar Museums (QM) in 2014. He is currently the Special Advisor to Qatar Museums’ Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Prior to that, he was also QM’s CEO where he oversaw the daily operations of QM and provides managerial leadership across the organisation.
In February 2019, Mr. Al Mahmoud was appointed as Vice-Chairman of Qatar Exchange. In September 2018, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority “QIA”, where he oversees key strategic projects and provided managerial leadership across the organization.
He is also a member of QNB Board since 2004 and the Chairman of the Group Audit and Compliance Committee since 2016. Additionally, he is a Board Member for both Qatari Diar and Doha Film Institute.
Mr. Al Mahmoud was the CEO of Qatar Development Bank “QDB” and the Office Director of Investment Affairs for His Excellency the Former Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also Head of Risk Management at Qatar Investment Authority in addition to other positions in Qatar Islamic Bank and the Supreme Council of Economic Affairs and Investments.
Ahmad Musa Al-Namla
Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Museums
Ahmad Musa Al-Namla is the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums (QM). He oversees the daily operations of QM and provides managerial leadership across the organisation towards accomplishing its overarching goal as set out by Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Ahmad previously served as QM’s Finance Director for nearly four years, where he oversaw all financial operations and directed corporate financial planning and structure for the institution.
Ahmad earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration from HEC – Paris University. He is also a graduate of Qatar University with a degree in Accounting. In 2014, Ahmad graduated from the “Current & Future Leaders Programme” and has over 20 years of experience in oil and gas sector.
Dr Julia Gonnella
Director of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
Julia Gonnella studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she gained her BA in Islamic Art and Archaeology (1986) and MA in Social Anthropology (1987), before being awarded her PhD in Islamic Studies and Social Anthropology at Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tubingen in 1994.
Among the exhibitions she curated for the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin are: Heroic Times – A Thousand Years of the Persian Book of Kings (2011), Samarra – Centre of the World, 2012 (2013), Masterworks from the Serail, The Albums of Heinrich Friedrich von Diez (2013), and How Islamic Art Came to Berlin: The Collector and Museum Director Friedrich Sarre (2015).
She is a recipient of significant Awards and Fellowships. Among these are Cordoba: VCU Qatar Fellowship for the conference ‘Diverse Are Their Hues’ (2009) and Metropolitan Museum New York: Curatorial Exchange Fellow (2013).
Khalifa Al Obaidly
Director of Fire Station Artists in Residence
Qatari photographer Khalifa Al Obaidly originally studied marine biology at the University of Qatar, and underwater photography was one of his earliest formative experiences with the medium.
Since 2002 Al Obaidly has concentrated on Qatari tradition and culture through the twin themes of Desert and Sea, seeking to convey through his photography the importance of the traditional wooden boats, called Dhows, as reflections of Qatari history and bearers of the spirits of Qatari culture and the soul of the pearl divers.
In addition to his own photography work, Al Obaidly has worked at a number of science and art museums, including the Aquarium at the Qatar National Museum, working on a project to construct a museum of photography and build a collection of work and serving as an assistant director at the Islamic Art Museum (project) through the Qatari National Council for Culture, Art and Heritage.
Most recently, Al Obaidly is also involved with many Qatari heritage programmes and initiatives, as well as leading the Msheireb Art Centre an old girls school in heart of Doha has converted to Art center and established “Found Objects Project” (Echo Memory or Sadda AL Thekraiat) which seeks to create art from found objects for Heart of Doha Project.
Chief Museums Officer at Qatar Museums, assisting in the daily management of existing museums and the future planning of developing museums throughout Qatar.
Sefa started her career as an artist and art critic and taught at Bilkent University, Ankara, before joining the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s Curatorial Department in 1996. At the New Museum, she worked on a number of major
retrospectives, held for the first time in the US, such as Cildo Meireles, Mona Hatoum and William Kentridge.
In 2001, she joined the Neue Galerie New York, Museum for German and Austrian Art, as one of its founding staff members, overseeing all exhibitions and collections-related activities. During her tenure, she oversaw the implementation of numerous exhibitions of fine and decorative arts, such as Oskar Kokoschka (co-organised with the Hamburger Kunsthalle) Van Gogh and Expressionism (co-organised with the Van Gogh Museum), Klee and America (co-organised with the Menil Collection), Ferdinand Hodler (co-organised with Foundation Beyeler), Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (co-organised with the Louvre), to name but a few.
Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for Qatar Museums' commercial arm, the Enterprises Group.
He oversees commercial ventures, including our museum gift shops and InQ at Harrods, London, as well as our restaurant and café operations at MIA and MIA Park. He is responsible for corporate partnerships and sponsorships, as well as events management activity. He has extensive business experience, having held senior executive positions in the past at Al Jazeera Network, Turner Broadcasting (CNN) in London, and American Express. Locally, Phil is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Doha English Speaking School.
Sheikha Amna bint Abdulaziz bin Jassim Al Thani
Director of National Museum of Qatar
She provides curatorial and managerial leadership, and supervises education and programming initiatives, as well as special exhibitions and conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a minor in English from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Masters degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Sheikha Amna has previously held positions in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs at Qatar Financial Center and was Director of Finance and Strategy for our Chairperson's office. She is also on the Middle East Board of the World Class Learning Group (WCL Group) and is a member of the Industrial Advisory Committee to the Center of the Advanced Materials (CAM) at Qatar University.
Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
He provides curatorial and managerial leadership and supervises the daily operations. He has established the museum as a vibrant center for contemporary art within the Arab world. He created Mathaf’s Project Space and is strengthening the museum's work with universities in order to foster experimental education and reserach programmes.
Abdellah has organised a number of international events. He was associate curator of ‘Intense Proximity’ La Triennale in 2012 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and artistic director of ‘Inventing The World: Artist as Citizen’ for the 2012 Biennale Bénin. He is the founder of initiatives such as L’appartement 22, the first independent art space in Rabat, which later inspired the formation of artist-run spaces in Morocco, and has authored articles and books on artistic practices, introducing the concept of 'Generation 00' and Curatorial Delegation.