Dr. Dena Al-Thani is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
Dr. Al-Thani was awarded her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Queen Mary University of London; her thesis specialized in Human-Computer Interaction and Inclusive Design. She has obtained a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and she is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
Dr. Al-Thani is now actively publishing papers in high-ranked journals, presenting her work at international conferences, as well as contributing book chapters to publications in her field. She is keen to see the impact on the world of her research on assistive technology research in Qatar, and, to that end, she is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) technical advisory group on assistive technology and the Arab ICT Accessibility Expert Group, an initiative by Mada.
Dr. Al-Thani actively participates as a keynote speaker and panelist in key world forums, including the annual meeting of the UN Council Working Group on Internet Policy Issues, the UN Human Rights Social Forum, the Gulf Region Education and Assistive Technology Conference, the World Health Innovation Summit, and the 12th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN.