Our People & Culture

Our Culture

Georgetown's location in the new heart of the Middle East allows the University to carry on its 220 year tradition of building women and men in service to humankind. The resources of Georgetown coupled with those provided by the Qatar Foundation allow students and faculty to study, conduct research, and be a part of an educational enterprise that is uniquely positioned to shape international affairs in the century ahead.

Meet some of our community members below in order to learn about the unique people and culture that make Georgetown's Qatar campus a compelling place to study and work.


 “Students are not shy to voice their opinions about the problems and prospects of interreligious encounters in our contemporary world.”


Akintunde E. Akinade is Professor of Theology at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. His research focuses on Christian-Muslim relations in Africa, interreligious relations, and the radical deterritorialization of the Christian faith. He co-edited The Agitated Mind of God: The Theology of Kosuke Koyama with Dale T. Irvin and Creativity and Change in Nigerian Christianity with David O. Ogungbile. He is the editor of A New Day: Essays on World Christianity in Honor of Lamin Sanneh and Fractured Spectrum: Perspectives on Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria. He just completed a manuscript, Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria: A Contextual Study of Ambivalent Encounters for Palgrave/Macmillan Press. He is presently working on West African Religious History for NYU Press and co-editing with Simeon O. Ilesanmi and Elias K. Bongmba, Religion and Power in Africa and the Diaspora. He serves on the Editorial Board of The Muslim World, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, Religions, The Journal of World Christianity, Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies, The Trinity Journal of Theology, and The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Within the American Academy of Religion, he serves on the International Connections Committee.


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Director of the SFS-Q library

“Working in Qatar and being a part of SFS-Q’s growing community has been incredibly rewarding. Collaborative, enthusiastic, dedicated: These are the words that describe the students, faculty and staff whom I have the pleasure of calling my Georgetown family.”

Frieda Wiebe is director of the SFS-Q library. She holds an MBA and a master’s degree in library science. In 2005 Wiebe established Georgetown’s library in Qatar and, after eight years, continues to oversee its development and tremendous growth as it supports SFS-Q and the greater Qatar community.

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“Being a Georgetown student is a privilege and an honor. My time here has helped me identify my desire to pursue goals related to the empowerment of women, of children and of less-privileged communities. Because of SFS-Q, I have had the opportunity to work with political studies centers to research the political, social and economic effects of the Arab Spring on women. Participating in SFS-Q’s Community Engagement Program also has helped me home in on my research focus.”

"Tala Hammash is a member of the Class of 2014. She is a Culture and Politics major who just returned to Qatar after spending the spring semester of her junior year at Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. Tala is a well-rounded student who frequently takes on new challenges and always strives to do her best. In addition to her major, Tala is working toward a Certificate in American Studies, is editor-in-chief of the SFS-Q yearbook, plays on the Hoyas women’s basketball team and pursues exciting internships.

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