H.E. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber, minister of Information and Communication Technology of the State of Qatar. (ITU/C. Montesano Casillas)
H.E. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is the first-ever Minister of Information and Communications Technology in Qatar following the formation of the nation’s new Cabinet by H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013. She is the third Qatari woman to assume a ministerial position in the state.
Prior to becoming a minister, Dr. Hessa held the position of Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) since its inception in 2005.
During her tenure as Secretary General, Dr. Hessa has overseen the liberalisation of Qatar's telecommunications market, ushering in an era of choice and competition. Passionate about ensuring that the benefits of technology reach all sectors, Dr. Hessa has led numerous initiatives to make Qatar a more inclusive society through ICT.
She has spearheaded the efforts aimed at modernising Qatar’s ICT infrastructure, including the plans for founding the country’s national broadband network, Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN). Additionally, she played an integral role in foundation of Qatar Satellite Company (Es’hailSat), which successfully launched Qatar’s first-ever satellite, Es’hail 1, on August 29, 2013. In addition, she also led the efforts of the modernisation of Qatar's government through ICT, streamlining processes, making government more transparent and accessible to its people.