Born 8 August 1959 in the coastal city of Al Khor, northern Qatar, the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah al-Missned, a prominent Qatari.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has been actively engaged in education and social reform in Qatar for many years and has played a major role in spearheading various national and international development projects.
She currently serves as Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. she was credited with overseeing the expansion of university education in Qatar, establishing the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and a state-of-the-art medical facility called Sidra.
In 2003 she was Unesco’s special envoy for basic and higher education. She was President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs which aims to strengthen the role of the family in society and addresses issues of concern to women and children.
In 2007, Her Highness was awarded the Chatham House Award in recognition of her commitment to progressive education and community welfare in Qatar and her strong advocacy of closer relations between Islamic countries and the West. This prestigious annual award is given to a leading international statesperson deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.
Also in 2007, Forbes magazine named Her Highness one of the 100 most powerful women in the world, and The Times of London named her one of the 25 most influential business leaders in the Middle East.