The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has announced a $2 million gift establishing the Sheikh Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani Fellowship Fund.

The gift is given by Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al Thani in honor of his father, the late Sheikh Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani, one of the founders and visionaries who shaped modern-day Qatar. The fellowship will serve to build human capacity in the poorest countries of the world by enabling talented individuals from targeted nations to attend degree programs and executive training at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al Thani said, “We are very proud to share this moment in honor of my father. He has imparted so much knowledge and culture unto me, such as the importance of public work, serving my people, and being loyal to my homeland. I am happy that we will share his rich experience with these outstanding scholars.”

“The essence of the Kennedy School has always been an abiding commitment to training skilled, enlightened leaders, and this generous gift will allow us to further our mission of public service in countries across the globe,” said HKS Dean David T. Ellwood. “We are extremely grateful to H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al Thani for his substantial support in this effort.”

Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al Thani and his mother, Sheikha Mona J. Al Dossarey, visited Harvard for the official signing ceremony Feb. 19 at the Harvard Faculty Club library. They then traveled to Washington, D.C., for meetings with community leaders and policy institutes.