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Miss Noor Al Malki Al Jehani

Miss Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director

Miss Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director of the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Miss Al Jehani a Board Member at Qatar Foundation for Social Work. She was also an expert in United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women (CEDAW) from 2013-2014.

Before joining DIFI, She worked as Secretary General for the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA). She was also a member of the National Committee for Human Rights in the State of Qatar since its formation in 2003 until 2011.

Miss Al Jehani was Qatar's representative in the Arab Women Committee (Arab league) and Women Committee (UNESCWA) and head / member of many national delegations to regional and international conferences on the family, women, and child rights.

Miss Al Jehani participated in drafting many national strategies and plans including Qatar's first national development strategy, 2011-2016. She also participated in the review or drafting of several legislations pertaining to social and women's issues. She organized and supervised numerous workshops, panel discussions, and awareness raising campaigns on women issues such as domestic violence, family law, and women’s political rights.


Lama Husni Shehadeh, Executive Assistant

Citizenship: Jordanian

Lama Shehadeh joined DIFI in May 2015, bringing with her 20 years of experience as an executive assistant in both the consulting and corporate development fields. She served as executive assistant to Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation. Before that, Lama worked at the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting as an Administrative Coordinator.

Lama provides executive-level assistance to the Executive Director Office, and assists in the facilitation and execution of administrative responsibilities throughout DIFI. Lama holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics & Commerce, Business Administration division, from the University Of Damascus

Susan John

Susan John, Head of Programs & Follow-Up

Citizenship: Indian

Susan moved to Doha in 2006 during the Asian Games and has worked in HSBC & Shell prior to joining DIFI. She hails from the land of Taj Mahal or the Indian sub-continent to be specific. A proud mother of a 11year old boy & 2.5-year-old twin girls, she is passionate about making a positive impact on both the community & family. The task of balancing work & family has never been an easy one for her but planning & organization skills are the key traits that has helped her manage that balance.

She graduated in Commerce and completed her Masters in Business Administration in 2001. A certified Lean Practitioner with 12 years of core HR experience in different functions such as Recruitment, Employee Relations, Learning & Development, MI & Reporting and Administration, she has worked in many reputed organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, Cholayil, HSBC and Shell and has contributed to many process improvements projects.

She enjoys listening to music, experimenting new recipes and would love to pursue her interest in badminton. A virgo by birth, she aims for perfection in everything she does and hopefully one day, she will attain that!

Family Research Division

Abdallah Badahdah

Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D. Director

Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D. is the Director of the Family Research Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Before joining DIFI, Dr. Badahdah taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Dakota for 12 years and served as the Director of the Sociology Graduate Program for several years. Prior to his tenure at the University of North Dakota, he worked in the field of management in both the public and private sectors for more than a decade.

Dr. Badahdah received his B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in sociology from Iowa State University, USA. He has given more than 50 regional, national, and international presentations and published in journals such as Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Evolution and Human Behavior, and AIDS Care and encyclopedia entries such as The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society and The Blackwell Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. He has written research reports for many organizations such as the Saudi Ministry of Health, the Oman Ministry of Health/UNICEF, and the North Dakota Department of Health. In addition to being a board member for the Midwest Sociological Society (2011-2016), Dr. Badahdah has chaired and served as a member of numerous committees at the University of North Dakota, Qatar University, the American Sociological Association, and the Sociologists AIDS Network. Dr. Badahdah also has served on the review and editorial boards of several journals, including Health Behavior and Policy Review, Humanity and Society, the American Journal of Health Behavior and has been a frequent peer reviewer for numerous scientific journals.

Azza Omer

Azza Abdelmoneium, Sr. Associate Researcher

Citizenship: Dutch

Azza O.A. Abdelmoneium joined the Doha International Family Institute in 2013. Azza received her Bachelor degree in Management in 1994 from Ahfad University in Sudan. She worked with international organizations from 1994-1997 which encouraged her to develop her career and specialize in development studies. From 1997-1998, Azza attended a Master course at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague- the Netherlands. She graduated with a Master of Arts in development studies in public policy and administration. In 1999 she worked with international organizations and as a lecturer in private universities in Sudan.

In 2001 Azza went to the Netherlands and followed several postgraduate courses. In 2003 she initiated her PhD study at the Institute of Gender Studies of Radboud University Nijmegen. She was awarded her PhD degree in 2008 in cultural anthropology with a thesis 'Non-Governmental organizations and the rights of displaced children in Sudan'. She has published scientific articles on the issue of children’s rights. She worked from 2009 at the University of Amsterdam and as a consultant with several UN agencies. Her areas of research interest include gender, children and rights, child development, elderly care, displacement, family developmental policies, and community development projects of NGOs.


Dr. Sanaa Taha Al Harahsheh, Associate Researcher

Citizenship: American

Dr. Sanaa Alharahsheh is an associate researcher at Doha International Family Institute. She joined the Doha International Family Institute in 2013. She received her Bachelor degree in Sociology from Yarmouk University, Jordan (1997); Master in Sociology from University of Jordan, Jordan (2000), and earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Wayne State University, MI, USA in 2011.

Dr. Sanaa is a member of several associations, like American Sociological Association (ASA), North Central Sociological Association (NCSA), Midwest Sociological Society (MSS), and Michigan Sociological Association (MSA)

Family Policy Division

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Dr. Anis Ben Brik, Director Policy Division

Citizenship: German

Anis Ben Brik, Ph.D. is the Director of the Family Policy Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Before joining DIFI, Dr. Ben Brik served as President Middle East at the Eneref Institute, a research and advocacy organization based in the US. He taught in the Department of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University. He has previously worked in the government of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and served as policy advisor and researcher for several years. Graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Ben Brik has undertaken numerous consultancy projects throughout the Gulf region and Europe. His areas of interests are social policy, family cohesion and well-being, fertility and demography, parenting and child well-being, social exclusion, family and SDGs, social change and development, and social responsibility. Recently, he has been involved in a number of projects on social cohesion, youth development, fertility and sustainable development strategies and policies. Dr. Ben Brik has written and published on the above issues and he has been frequent speaker at regional and international professional and academic conferences.


Dana Ghassan Al Kahlout, Senior Program Specialist

Citizenship: Palestinian

Dana Al Kahlout joined the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in 2009 as a Research Support Officer. In 2013 she took on a new position in DIFI’s Family Policy Division (FPD) as a Family Policy Analyst and since 2015 holds the title of Senior Program Specialist. Dana earned her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar with a degree in International Politics and a certificate in Arab and Regional Studies.

Ahmed M. Aref

Ahmed M. Aref, Family Policy Specialist

Citizenship: Egyptian

Ahmed joined the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in 2013. He has earned the Master Degree in International Development and Cooperation from Korea University in Seoul, 2009. And he was graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2007, majoring in Political Science.

Ahmed has several years of work experience as a senior researcher at the Prime Minister’s Bureau, the Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers' Presidency, and he worked for the United Nations Population Fund, Arab States Regional Office, and for the European Union Family and Child Rights Program in Egypt in partnership with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.

Among his academic contributions are two publications; the first one is the Master thesis entitled “The Relationship between Power and Wealth in International Relations: A Case Study of USAID to Egypt”, the other one is entitled "Strengthening the Dialogue between Civil Society, Parliament and Government in the Arab Countries", which was presented in the International Conference on "Strengthening the Role of Parliament and Promoting E-Parliament in Arab Countries", organized by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO-IPALMO) in Rome, 2011.

Social Outreach Division


Amani Al Dosari, Director - Social Outreach Division

Citizenship: Qatari

Amani Al Dosari is the Director of Social Outreach Division at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI). She has been working at DIFI since 2007. Prior to joining DIFI, Ms Al Dosari was the Media Research Specialist and NGO Coordinator at the Ministry of Education. She also produced a number of Children Programs on Qatar TV. Ms Al Dosari has two Master's Degrees from the University of Montpellier III and I respectively and completed a Masters Degree in Management & Strategies of Media Organizations-Marketing and a Masters Degree in Media & Information Technology. Ms Al Dosari speaks French and Arabic fluently.

Aminah Kandar

Aminah Kandar, Senior Communications Specialist

Citizenship: Canadian

Farha Ajlan Al Kuwari, Community Outreach Specialist

Citizenship: Qatari

Farha Ajlan Al Kuwari graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She joined Qatar Foundation in 2012 as a Recruitment Specialist with the Human Capital Department. In 2014, Farha was assigned as the Project Manager for Qatar Foundation in the Qatar Career Fair. She then joined Doha International Family Institute in 2015 as a Community Outreach Specialist in the Implementation and Social Outreach Division.

Operations Division

Khasiba Yousef R M Al-Sulaiti, Director of Operations

Citizenship: Qatari

Khasiba joined the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in May 2016 as the Director of Operations. Prior to joining DIFI, Khasiba was the director Shared Services at Her Highness Shaikha Moza Office for the last 14 years. In which she used to manage and oversee all activities of the Finance, HR, Procurement and Immigration & Guest Services departments. In addition to her profession, Khasiba is a founding member in Qatar Library and Information Association and member in both the Qatar Association of Certified Public Accountants 2010 and The Institute of Internal Auditors 2008, Member. Khasiba holds an Executive MBA from HEC and a Bachelor degree in Administrations and Economics majoring in accounting from Qatar University.

Marya Reed, Director of Operations

Citizenship: American

Marya joined the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in 2006 as the Director of Operations. Prior to joining Qatar Foundation, Marya was a director at the World Family Policy Center at the J Reuben Clark School of Law, Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. Marya holds a Juris Doctor degree from the J Reuben Clark School of Law.

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Huda Said Mohammed Al-Abid, Accountant

Citizenship: Qatari

Huda graduated from the University of Qatar’s Faculty of Administration Sciences and Economics in 2001, majoring in Accounting. She worked in the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs and Housing from 2003 until 2012 as Head of the Accounting and Auditing Department. She then worked in training, joining Qatar University as Talent and Training Unit Head for five months, before joining DIFI in April 2013 as an Accountant. She spends most of her time participating in training workshops, and studying courses and self-development programs to get the training needed to achieve her vision.

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Jeena George, Administrative Assistant

Citizenship: Indian

Jeena joined the DIFI in January 2008. She has been working as an Administrative Assistant at DIFI for the past seven years. She completed her Master's in Social Work in 2005 from the Bharathiar University, India. Before joining Qatar Foundation, she was working with the Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee.


Bejoy Thankachan, Procurement & Facilities Officer

Citizenship: Indian

Bejoy is working as the Procurement & Facilities Officer at the Doha International Family Institute since July 2015. He joined DIFI as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Managing Director in 2009 and worked as Finance Administrator from July 2011 to June 2015. Bejoy graduated from the University of Kerala in 2001 and worked in India and various parts of the Middle East before joining Qatar Foundation.

Who We Are

About DIFI

About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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UN Forum

55th Session of the Commission for Social Development

Date: 1-10 February 2017
Location: United Nations, New York, USA
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