Dr Naif Al-Mutawa is an award winning entrepreneur and Professor at Kuwait University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he teaches clinical psychology, communication skills, cognitive behavioral therapy, and creative writing.
Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the world’s first superheroes born of an Islamic archetype, which received positive international media coverage and named by Forbes as one of the Top 20 Trends Sweeping the Globe. President Obama praised Al-Mutawa and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed at his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.
Al-Mutawa also founded the Soor Center for Professional Therapy & Assessment in 2009, Kuwait's leading source of psychological services. Since its inception, the Soor Center has played an invaluable role in helping overcome the social stigma that envelops mental health issues in Kuwait. Al-Mutawa also launched Terkeez in 2013, a programme that helps children perform better academically and socially by developing their memory, focus, social skills, and executive functions through targetted training sessions. He went on to launch a developmental delay centre in 2015 to further augment mental health services in Kuwait.
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. Moved by the extent of the psychological damage brought onto society as a result of extremism and intolerance, Al-Mutawa authored and illustrated the Bouncy books, a timeless children’s tale with themes of individuality and acceptance. The first book in the series was nominated for the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance in 1997.
In recognition of his unwavering commitment to education, he was selected to be on Kuwait’s Supreme Education Council, and for his work in entrepreneurship, to be on the investment committee of Kuwait’s National Fund for Small and Medium Sized Businesses, a fund of US$7 billion dollars earmarked to promote entrepreneurship in Kuwait. He is also on the board of Mentor Arabia, an NGO which advocates for drug prevention and awareness among Arab children and youth.