Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani
Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN
Ambassador Al-Thani was appointed the permanent representative of the State of Qatar to the UN in October 2013. A well-known international leader on human rights, social justice, and development issues, she has authored and facilitated numerous groundbreaking General Assembly Resolutions on education in emergencies, autism, and natural disaster response amongst others.
Ambassador Al-Thani is the chairperson of the 50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development and co-facilitator on the preparations for the high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Previously, Ambassador Al-Thani was the State of Qatar's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, where she also held the prestigious post of president of the Social Forum of the Human Rights Council. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. In 2013, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum to improve the state of the world.
She holds a MA in international studies and diplomacy from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Qatar University.
Last Updated: June 2, 2017