​The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies established an internal project team in late 2011 in order to set the priorities and strategies for the planning and development of the DI. The team worked in close collaboration with ​academics and consultants from across the region.

Azmi Bishara | General Director, ACRPS

Azmi 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, 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. 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 sessions, from 1996-2007, he represented his party as an elected member of parliament. In 2007, 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.

Isam Naqib | Senior Project Advisor

Isam Naqib is a Professor of Nuclear Physics with extensive publications (and commensurate number of contributions to conferences) on the subject in the leading physics journals in the USA and Europe. He has held a wide range of research, teaching and consultative posts throughout his career at both academic institutions (serving as Department Chair, Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice President for Research) and international organizations. These included: Florida State University, Liverpool University, University of Kuwait, UNESCO, and UNDP. From 1995 onwards Naqib became fully engaged in regional higher education reform, first as the Senior Advisor to the UNESCO Cairo Office (1995-2000) and then as the Regional Coordinator and Manager of the UNDP Higher Education Project ( Jan 2002 - Dec 2008).

Jad Kawtharani | Project Coordinator

Jad Kawtharani is the Doha Institute Project Coordinator. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut and is currently a doctorate candidate at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. Having more than 11 years of experience in higher education, his profile includes strong engagements in designing, implementing, and managing systems for the support of academic, student, and learning functions, in addition to in-depth and leadership experience in university quality management and accreditation.

Prior to joining the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) in 2011, he held various responsibilities namely, Vice Director for Administration and prior to that Director of Admissions and Registration at the Arab Open University (Lebanon), project manager for the European Commission's FP7 National Contact Point for research and technical development in Lebanon, and a subject matter expert for the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education. Kawtharani has had several research publications in Computer Science.

Dena Qaddumi | International Outreach and Relations Coordinator

Dena Qaddumi joined the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in June 2011. With a disciplinary background in architecture and urbanism, she served as the primary end-user representative to the project management and architecture teams of the DI Campus until the completion of the design phase. Qaddumi was also responsible for communications and international relations until the Department of Communications and External Relations was established in 2015.

Malik Habayeb | Research Assistant

Malik Habayeb joined the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in July 2013 as the project team's Research Assistant. Habayeb was involved in various pre-operational preparations including: contributing to the developing policies and procedures, planning and conducting faculty and student outreach/recruitment, coordinating the DI's first admissions cycle. Following the DI's successful launch, Malik assumed his new position as the Dean's Office Manager for the School of Public Administration and Development Economics.   ​

Miriam Shaath | Assistant Researcher

Miriam Shaath first joined the DI as an Assistant Researcher for the project team in 2014. She was involved in a number of aspects of the project, including faculty and student outreach, admissions and the entire process of admitting the DI’s first cohort of students and licensing of the DI, amongst others. After her role in the project team, she assumed her new position at the DI as the Dean’s Office Manager for the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.   ​

Salma Mousa | Research Assistant

Having studied International Politics at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Sciences Po Paris, Salma worked at Georgetown University, the Aljazeera Center for Studies, the National Council for US-Arab Relations, and Silatech, before joining the ACRPS in September 2012 as a research assistant with a primary focus on the Doha Institute project. Additionally, Mousa has published on secularism, minorities and governance in the Arab world.