The WISE Awards


Mr. Essa Al Mannai

Position: Executive Director, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA)
Country: Qatar

Essa Al Mannai joined ROTA as Senior Operations Manager in 2009 and was promoted to the role of Executive Director in 2010. Since then he has been responsible for continuing the strategic course set by ROTA’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership the organization has led a variety of initiatives in 13 countries around Asia such as Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Nepal, as well as Qatar. The projects work to ensure that people affected by calamities across Asia have continuous access to high quality primary and secondary education. Among its many other initiatives, ROTA has led adult literacy trainings, youth leadership programs, and many programs designed to benefit students and teachers.

In recent years, Mr. Al Mannai has served on the steering committees of various international and local groups in the field of development and social responsibility such as the steering board on the International Platform for Sport and Development. In his Capacity as Executive Director of ROTA, Mr. Al Mannai has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and events. These have included the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the Arab Higher Education Users Group (HEUG) Conference, the Qatar Corporate Social Responsibility Conference, and the Philanthropy in Asia (PIA) Summit. Recently, Mr. Al Mannai represented the Qatar NGO sector at the High Level Event on Refugees’ Education in Emergencies Situations hosted by the Permanent UN Missions of Portugal, Qatar and Turkey.