Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University where he also earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. He holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teacher's College, Columbia University and an MBA, also from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history.
Dr. Al-Mutawa has extensive clinical experience working with former prisoners of war in Kuwait and the Survivors of Political Torture unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has seen first hand the cancer that intolerance can bring to any society. His direct contact with the horrors of people tortured because of their religious and political beliefs, led to his writing a timeless children's tale that won a UNESCO prize for literature in the service of tolerance.
He received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media from Tufts University, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Marketplace of Ideas Award, and The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award presented at the 2009 World Economic Forum.
Dr. Al-Mutawa is the Clinical Director of The Soor Center for Psychological Counseling and Assessment, Kuwait's leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services.
He is married to Rola Banaja and the father of five sons. He travels extensively and has homes in Kuwait City and New York.
Awards presented to Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa
- The UNESCO Prize for Literature in the Service of Tolerance
- The Festival Internacional de Humour e Quadrinhos Comics Award presented at Cartoons & Comics Festival in Brazil
- The Ecademy Award from Columbia University School of Business
- The Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media from Tufts University, USA
- The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations "Marketplace of Ideas" Award
- The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award, 2009 presented at the World Economic Forum on The Middle East, Dead Sea, Jordan
- Dr. Naif was named one of "The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World" in the 2009 & 2010 lists by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan
- The Intersector for Business & Religion Award received from Intersections International, June 2010
- The Halal Journal Award received at the World Halal Forum, June 2010
- He was named Arab Business Leader of the Year 2010 at the Global Arab Business Meeting