Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki is Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute, which she founded in 2011. She also served as Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where she taught courses in writing composition, postcolonial literature, theories of translation and Islamic feminism.
Dr. Al-Malki’s research interests include the negotiation of identity between East and West, media representations of Arab women and postcolonial literature. She has published numerous articles in academic journals in the United States and UK. Her book, Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media (2012) is published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Academic, UK. It was lauded as the first comprehensive study of the topic in the world. She also edited The Writer’s Craft: Teaching Creative Writing in Qatar, published as a part an initiative honoring Doha as the Arab Capital of Culture in 2010.
Dr. Al-Malki holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of London-SOAS, where she also earned a Master's Degree in English-Arabic Applied Linguistics and Translation. She is a sought-after public speaker and social commentator. Dr. Al-Malki has been invited to speak at conferences and forums throughout the Middle East, United States and UK. She was the first Arab and Muslim to serve as a Keynote Speaker at City University in New York in the wake of 9/11. She was also the first Qatari to be invited to address the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She has lectured at Durham University, SOAS and Maryland University among others. Focusing on women's rights and Arab identity, Dr. Al-Malki strives to help deepen international understanding of Qatar and its evolving place in the world.
She was recognized as a Qatar Foundation achiever in 2010. To that, Dr. Amal has been profiled in several local and international magazines. She was an honored guest at the first Middle Eastern meeting of the Active Leaders for Women’s Advancement in the Near East (ALWANE) Coalition, an initiative by Women’s Campaign International (WCI), which advocates for gender equality around the world. She was also selected to take part in the Future Leader Program in 2014 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.