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Dr. Abdulla Al Kamali - Special Programs Manager

Dr. Abdulla Al Kamali - Special Programs Manager

Abdullah Al-Kamali has worked as Special Programs Manager for QNRF for the past four and a half years, dealing with the K-12 (Kindergarten - grade 12) education program and Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP). He graduated with a BA in Education from Qatar University in 1994 and has spent 20 years working in the field of education, working his way up from teaching to being the senior expert of curriculum standards at the Supreme Education Council (SEC). He received his PhD in the Philosophy of Education from the University of Arkansas in 2007.

Mr Anhi Hong - Senior Award Administrator

Mr Anhi Hong - Senior Award Administrator

Anhi Hong has a background in financial economics and has previously worked in the post-award offices of King's College London, Imperial College, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. He joined QNRF in 2011.

During my time at KAUST I first heard about Qatar Foundation through networking and gradually more every day in the media. Up until then I knew very little about Qatar. Whilst researching QF, I came across QNRF, and the vital role they played in facilitating a research culture in Qatar and engaging renowned researchers from around the world to collaborate and conduct research with scientists here in Qatar. QF and QNRF, with their initiatives and mission to unlock human potential, was appealing. I felt with my background and experience I can contribute to this cause and it has been a wonderful journey so far. 


New funding opportunities launched to support graduate students and postdocs

New funding opportunities launched to support graduate students and postdocs

During the last quarter, QNRF has launched two new funding programs designed to plug the gap between its Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) and the Junior Scientist Research Experience Program (JSREP).

QNRF hosts Global Research Council meeting

QNRF hosts Global Research Council meeting

QNRF bid for the right to host the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) at its Doha headquarters in December.

Raising concrete standards for oil and gas wells

Raising concrete standards for oil and gas wells

Whenever a company finds a target to mine oil or gas, environmentalists and residents on that land throw their arms in the air. There is no disputing the potential damage these projects could cause the environment. A big reason for this is that the wells can leak. These wells are lined with pipe that is sealed by concrete. Researchers are now working on an evolutionary race between testing methods and material improvements to make leaking wells a thing of the past.

Publications Update

The publications listed below have recently been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals by researchers funded by QNRF grants and are categorised according to their discipline:


From theory to practice: chemistry team shows way to more efficient gas processing

From theory to practice: chemistry team shows way to more efficient gas processing

A lot of preparation goes into the things we have come to take for granted as petroleum byproducts - namely, plastics. The energy-intensive methods employed to transform oil from the ground into, say, your standard disposable cup involve key chemicals called olefins, also known as alkenes.

Welcome to this fourteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

Welcome to this fourteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

It was at the 5th QNRF Annual Forum, back in May 2013, that QNRF promised to introduce a more intimate way for its funded researchers to interact with members of the public and, once again, I am pleased to say that QNRF has delivered on its promise by introducing the Research Outcome Seminars, a series of talks given by QNRF-funded researchers. The seminars allow them to share the progress they have made in their projects and let them show how it will have an impact on the lives of Qatar’s citizens. The researchers are effective communicators who can see beyond the raw data and bring the moments to life to make the science compelling. Read more about that in this Newsletter.




Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari, Deputy Executive Director

Formerly the Director-Technical, QNRF, Dr. Abdulnasser Al-Ansari was recently promoted to the position of QNRF's Deputy Executive Director. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, USA, with a focus on biometrics, computer vision and pattern recognition as well as signal and image processing. Before joining QNRF he was a Naval Engineering Officer with the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces. Dr. Al-Ansari possesses a wealth of skills in leadership from various positions at the navy. His past research involvement in graduate school gained him experience in research collaboration, peer reviewing, proposal preparations and fund management. He is a senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems.

Dr Wyatt R. 'Rory' Hume

Dr Wyatt R. 'Rory' Hume

Dr. Wyatt R. (Rory) Hume is Executive Director of Education, Training and Development, Research and Development Division, Qatar Foundation. His mandate is to help promote human capability in all areas related to the research and development needs of Qatar using the resources of the Foundation.

QNRF refreshes its IT processes

QNRF refreshes its IT processes

QNRF is relatively unusual amongst QF entities in that it has its own IT-support function responsible for building and maintaining the online submission and in-house grant management systems, that QNRF relies on to handle its activities. Behind the scenes, QNRF’s team of seven highly-qualified and experienced system architects, developers and software engineers are constantly monitoring users’ feedback and then reviewing, amending and improving the systems and processes to enhance the overall user-experience. As expected, such activities should lead to the evolution of greater efficiencies and it should therefore be no surprise that the team recently announced a much better organized back-office menu layout, specifically designed to improve navigation to the most heavily user-accessed functions.

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