The Board of Trustees (BoT) governs the DI at the highest executive level. Guided by the authority conferred to it by the Institutional Bylaws​, the BoT establishes policies for its internal operations, and elects from among its membership standing committees (such as the Executive Committee, headed by the BoT Chair) with specific mandates to assist in carrying out its duties. The BoT is composed of between nine and fifteen members.

The BoT is linked to the DI through the president and works to evaluate the DI's performance, overseeing the institutional (corporate) long-term planning and affairs of the DI, including financial, academic, and organizational planning.

At the strategic level, the BoT ensures the DI remains engaged with the its sponsors and main stakeholders. At the operational level, the BoT ensures that all policies, plans, and budgets proposed by the president and approved by the DI Council are implemented. 

The first BoT was established in 2015. Its members are as follows:



DispForm.aspxHis Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, PhD, Vice Chair of the Board of TrusteesYesHis Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani is Chair of the Executive Board and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Qatar University. Dr. Al-Thani is also a Member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Qatar Leadership Centre, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. Dr. Al-Thani was the inaugural President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar, an emerging research university building upon unique collaborations with local and international partners. From 2004-15 he held a variety of positions at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. He served as Vice President, Education, for 10 years, developing Qatar Foundation’s institutional strategy for higher education. He led negotiations with partners from the United States, United Kingdom and France, resulting in the establishment of campuses in Qatar, and then directed relations with those university partners. He also guided the greater mission to achieve synergies among diverse partner institutions, creating an academic environment whose impact was national and regional. Dr. Al-Thani is Chairman of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the leading global forum for innovative thinking and practice in education. The World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for his regional role in education reform and innovation. Among several education-related initiatives, he is a member of Qatar’s Supreme Education Council and the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut. He also serves on the Board of Advisers of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has served on the Executive Council of the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and on the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Al-Thani received his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton (UK) and taught engineering at Qatar University.
DispForm.aspxAhmad DallalYesAhmad Dallal is Provost and Professor of History at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Dr. Dallal previously held the title of Associate Professor at Yale and Stanford Universities. Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Dallal served as Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Throughout his career, Dr. Dallal served on the advisory and editorial boards of several professional organizations and journals, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. He has received numerous honors including fellowships and awards. In 2008, he was invited to deliver the Dwight H. Terry Lectureship in Religion, Science and Philosophy at Yale University. Dr. Dallal’s scholarship primarily focuses on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. Dr. Dallal published two books and an edited volume, as well as 42 articles and chapters in peer reviewed publications, and 10 book reviews and review essays. His notable books are An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy; Kitab Ta‘dil Hay’at al-Aflak of Sadr al-Shari‘a (E.J. Brill, 1995) and Islam, Science and the Challenge of History.
DispForm.aspxAzmi Bishara, Chair of the Board of TrusteesYesAzmi Bishara is the General Director of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and a member of its Executive Board. A prominent researcher and writer, Dr. Bishara has published numerous books and academic papers in political thought, social theory, and philosophy, in addition to several literary works. He was Professor of Philosophy and History of Political Thought at Birzeit University, from 1986 to 1996. He also co-founded Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, and Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research. Dr. Bishara was the principal founder of the National Democratic Assembly (Balad), a Palestinian-Arab party inside the Green Line, which supports democratic values irrespective of religious, ethnic or national identity. For four consecutive session, from 1996-2007, he represented his party as an elected member of parliament. In 2007, Dr. Bishara was persecuted for his political positions at the hands of the Israeli authorities, and currently resides in Qatar. He is the recipient of the Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2002 and the Global Exchange Human Rights Award in 2003. He received his PhD in Philosophy in 1986 from Humboldt University in Berlin.
DispForm.aspxDina KhouryYesProfessor Dina Rizk Khoury is a graduate of the American University of Beirut where she earned a Bachelors and Georgetown University where she graduated with a doctorate in Middle East history in 1987. She has been teaching at George Washington University since 1991 and has served as director of the Middle East Studies program and director of graduate studies in the Department of History. She has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Middle East Studies Association. Professor Khoury's first book, State and Society in the Ottoman Empire, Mosul 1519-1834 (Cambridge University Press, 1997) won the Turkish Association Studies bi-annual book prize and was co-winner of the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize. She is also author of Iraq in Wartime Soldiering, Martyrdom, Remembrance (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and numerous other articles on Iraqi and Ottoman history. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.
DispForm.aspxLaurie BrandYesLaurie A. Brand is director of and professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. From 1997-2000 she directed USC’s Center for International Studies. She holds a B.S. in French from Georgetown University and an M.I.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Prior to joining the USC faculty in fall 1989, she was a research fellow and assistant director at the Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C. A 2008-10 Carnegie Scholar and a four-time Fulbright scholar to the Middle East and North Africa, she is author of Palestinians in the Arab World Institution Building and the Search for State (Columbia University Press, 1988), Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations, The Political Economy of Alliance Making (Columbia University Press, 1994), and Women, the State and Political Liberalization (Columbia University Press, 1998) and Citizens Abroad, Emigration and the State in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2006). She has published articles in, among others, World Development, International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Middle East Journal, International Journal, Jerusalem Journal of International Relations, and the Journal of Palestine Studies, in addition to contributing chapters to numerous edited volumes. Brand has conducted field research in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. She is fluent in Arabic and French and has advanced speaking and reading competency in Spanish, and a basic working knowledge of Hebrew and German. She has served on the boards of the American Institute of Maghrebi Studies (AIMS), the Palestine American Research Center (PARC), and the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) from 1994-96, 2003-5. She served as MESA president in 2004, and she currently chairs its Committee on Academic Freedom. Her current research explores the role of Arab nationalism and Islam in post-independence narratives in the Arab world.
DispForm.aspxMohamed Al RumaihiYesMohamed Al Rumaihi is a Professor of Political Sociology at Kuwait University. He earned a PhD in political sociology from Durham University, England in 1973. He has numerous publications on political sociology, political change in the Arab Gulf region as well as studies dealing with cultural change in the Arab world. He has also published more than twenty books on political sociology in the Arab Gulf region, culture and Arab politics, and Arab issues in the Arab world. Al-Rumaihi has served as a Head of Department and Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education, at Kuwait University, and was the editor of the renowned Al-Araby journal for seventeen years (1981-1998). He served as the Secretary-General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters in Kuwait. He has also been a consultant in several committees related to education, information, culture, politics and translation in the Kuwaiti public and private sectors.
DispForm.aspxRoger AllenYesIn June 2011 Roger Allen retired from his position as the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics in the School of Arts& Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He served Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations for 43 years. From 2005-11 he served as Chair of the Department. In 2008 he was elected President-elect of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and served as the association’s president in the year 2009-2010. He obtained his doctoral degree in modern Arabic literature from Oxford University in 1968, the first student to obtain a doctoral degree in that field at Oxford, under the supervision of Dr. M.M. Badawi. The topic of the dissertation was a study (and English translation) of Muhammad al-Muwaylihi’s renowned narrative, Hadith `Isa ibn Hisham (`Isa Ibn Hisham’s Tale); it was later published in book form as A Period of Time (1st [microfiche] edition, 1974; 2nd edition 1992). Roger Allen has retained a life-long interest in the writings of the Al-Muwaylihi family, and in 1998 he was asked by Professor Gaber Asfour, Director-General of the Supreme Council for Culture in Egypt, to prepare an edition of the complete works of Muhammad al-Muwaylihi (2002), and later of his father, Ibrahim al-Muwaylihi (2007), for publication in a series of “complete works.”
DispForm.aspxTaher Kanaan YesTaher Kanaan is Chairman of the Executive Board of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. He holds a PhD in Economic Science from Cambridge University. Kanaan has served in a number of academic and government roles. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Jordanian Senate and in the past he has served as the Minister of Development (1998-1999), Planning (1986-1989), and Minister for Occupied Territories Affairs (1985). He has participated in designing development policies and programs for the Ministry of Planning in Iraq and was the State Secretariat of Planning in Morocco. Dr. Kanaan has also held a number of positions within the United Nations in New York, Beirut, and Geneva. In later years, he was elected by ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) for voluntary service as a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning (now Policy) from 1996 to 2000 and as a member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration and Public Economics, from 2005 to 2008. He contributed to the UNDP Arab Human Development Reports of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008. Dr. Kanaan is also a volunteer in a number of civil society organizations, including membership of the Boards of Trustees and Management of the Arab Anti-Corruption Organization, and of the Institute of Palestine Studies. He has written widely in both Arabic and English.
DispForm.aspxWail BenjellounYesWail Benjelloun earned a Ph.D. degree from SUNY Binghamton in Psychology (Neuroscience) in 1976. He has taught since then at the Faculties of Science and of Lettres of Mohammed V University in Rabat at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels, where he also participated in regular evaluation and academic reform projects. During his professional career, Dr. Benjelloun assumed a series of responsibilities, including Biology Department Head (1990-1994), Vice President for Academic Affairs at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (1994-1999), Dean of the Faculty of Science at Mohammed V University (2005-2010) and President of the same university (2010-2014). He has also been active in several Executive Boards for new universities in Morocco, as well as in several national and international commissions on higher education. He is also a member of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (Fulbright Morocco). Dr. Benjelloun is an active researcher, with interests centered on malnutrition and brain chemistry and behavior. He founded the first fundamental research laboratory in neuroscience in Morocco and has supervised the training of many specialists in the field. He publishes regularly in specialized international indexed journals. He was instrumental in founding the Moroccan Association for Neuroscience in 1984 and served as its president for several mandates. He also chaired the Society of Neuroscientists of Africa, and was an active member of the Executive Council of IBRO, the International Brain Research Association. He is currently President of ISP, the International Society of Pathophysiology. Dr. Benjelloun was decorated in 2002 as an Officer of the Order of the Throne (Morocco).​