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Fatima Al-Dosari

Executive DirectorQatar America Institute for Culture

Washington, DC

Member Since September 2023


I am the executive director of the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC). Through art exhibitions, immersive education, scholarly content, and long-term partnerships, I lead our efforts to strengthen cultural understanding, dialogue, and appreciation between Qatar, the U.S., and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds. I was born and raised in Qatar, and my passion for communications, diplomacy, and different cultures began during my studies in international affairs and human development at Qatar University. I followed my interests to work as a strategist, consultant, and project manager for major media organizations, UN and governmental agencies, academic institutions, and corporations in Qatar and the U.S. My work focused on strategic communications, data analysis, and policy for topics including corporate social responsibility, particularly in relation to the 2022 Qatar World Cup. In 2014, I moved to the U.S. to earn my M.A. at Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology program. I also have an executive certificate in arts and culture strategy from the University of Pennsylvania. I was fascinated by how history, diplomacy, policy, and communications intertwine in the rich cultural landscape of Washington, D.C., and I wanted to create an authentic space for diverse voices to be heard. In 2020, I refounded QAIC, shaping it into a dynamic force for cultural exchange and understanding.

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12 certifications that are worth your time and investment

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What's your business specialty? Use this list as a starting point for growth, development, and long-term career success in design. As the current market continues to evolve and grow more complex, it's a benefit to have years of practical, on-the-job training on your resume. It's a bonus if you can also find the time to become certified in a niche industry or specialization in your specific field that will put you in the driver's seat when determining the direction you want to take in your career. Here, 12 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each suggest one certification that every aspiring design leader should consider to enhance their current and future business options in their field of choice.  

Learning to lead with confidence through adversity


Seeing obstacles as opportunities is a core part of Fast Company Executive Board member Fatima Al-Dosari’s leadership philosophy.

13 ways small businesses can work smarter to build brand loyalty

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Smaller brands have more leverage than they realize. It's time to tap into it. It may seem like an uphill battle when you are just starting out in business, underfunded and/or understaffed. But the good news is that, as a small business, your company doesn't have to feel pressured to keep up with the big guys in the market. Instead, reflect on the benefits of your company's flexibility to cultivate a more meaningful niche that will meet the needs of consumers who are being overlooked in the industry you intend to serve. Here, experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on the various ways that smaller businesses can still compete against big ones without having a mega-corporate budget.

Is crowdfunding the right choice for your potential biz upstart?

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Here's what 11 thought leaders suggest aspiring entrepreneurs consider before they go all in on a digital fundraiser. If you are trying to launch a business and are strapped for cash, crowdfunding is a viable option that many successful entrepreneurs have invested their time and hope in to get their new venture off the ground and running. The process of asking for help publicly on social media platforms may sound pretty straightforward, but there is a lot more at risk, including your long-term reputation. Below, 11 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer one factor that every entrepreneur should consider if they are thinking about starting a crowdfunding campaign to launch their new business.

15 business tactics to build connections and grow your brand 

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There's a better way to reach direct consumers in the digital marketplace. In a fickle economy that is difficult to gauge from one moment to the next, the worst thing that brand leaders can do is to take their consumers for granted. Having an open-door policy on social media or even meeting face-to-face with current clients and customers is always a good way to gain a better understanding of what the consumer is looking for and going through. Engaging in those types of conversations upfront will only help a growing business thrive further in the future. It also helps leaders and teams strengthen client relationships and build better trust. Here, 15 Fast Company Executive Board members share one tip to help brand managers and their teams stay accountable and better connected to their customers in the digital marketplace.

11 ways businesses can contribute and stay connected to BIPOC communities

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Business experts weigh in on the best ways to make a real difference in underserved neighborhoods. When a well-known or promising company comes to the area, it can be a win-win for businesses and community residents, especially if the establishment is located in an underrepresented neighborhood of people who may be struggling. It's more than just gaining the ability to target an untapped market or provide job opportunities to help people feed their families and develop a clear shot at professional growth; it's also about creating connections and providing education to build loyalty and trust.  With that said, there are plenty of ways for an organization to support underserved BIPOC communities—whether it's a few blocks away or miles apart. Below, 11 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer their best practices for company leaders who want to contribute to BIPOC communities through workforce training initiatives, financial assistance, and entrepreneurial development programs.

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Qatar America Institute for Culture

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Founded in 2017, the Qatar America Institute for Culture is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates, curates, and executes programs and research that amplify the prominence of all forms of art and culture in society. QAIC cultivates artistic expression and cultural dialogue from the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds. QAIC serves as a vital hub to convene artists, curators, storytellers, creatives, scholars, and academics, connecting them with a global network that extends beyond its physical space in Washington, D.C. Through art exhibitions, educational programs, scholarly research, and cross-cultural partnerships, QAIC provides interactive experiences in an inclusive environment to celebrate and appreciate art and culture.


Social impact & nonprofit