Board

The Doha Centre for Media Freedom is administered by a Board of Governors composed of 12 prominent people from around the world and chaired by Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer al-Thani, the chairman of Al Jazeera: 

  • Alaa Al Aswani, writer (Egypt)
  • Jassim Marzouq Boodai, chairman of Al Rai Media Group (Kuwait)
  • Paulo Coelho, novelist (Brazil)
  • Burhan Ghalioun, director of the Contemporary Middle East Centre at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Syria)
  • Lilli Gruber, journalist (Italy/US)
  • Mohsen Marzouk, secretary-general, Arab Democracy Foundation (Tunisia)
  • Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, former foreign minister (Spain)
  • Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, journalist and writer (France)
  • Allister Sparks, journalist and political analyst (South Africa)
  • Shashi Tharoor, chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures, former under-secretary-general of the UN (India)
  • Dominique de Villepin, former prime minister, lawyer (France)

There is also an Advisory Council composed of 10 political figures, human rights activists, academics and well-known journalists and chaired by Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s minister of culture, arts and heritage:

  • Nasser Al Othman, journalist (Qatar)
  • José Luis Arnaut, former minister, former president of foreign affairs committee, member of the Portuguese parliament (Portugal)
  • Daniel Barenboim, pianist and conductor (Argentina-Israel-Palestine)
  • Ethan Bronner, New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief (United States)
  • Chris Cramer, global editor for multimedia at Reuters, former president of CNN International, former head of BBC Newsgathering (United Kingdom)
  • Mia Farrow, actress (United States)
  • Fehmi Koru, journalist and senior columnist (Turkey)
  • Gracia Machel, former education minister (Mozambique)
  • Ghassan Salame, political scientist, former minister of culture (Lebanon)
 

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