Naif Al-Mutawa

Founder and Chairman, THE 99


Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and named Naif Al-Mutawa as one of the 7 most influential designers in the world.

Al-Mutawa has a PhD and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. 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.

A social entrepreneur, Al-Mutawa was recognised by The Schwab Foundation with a Social Entrepreneurship Award at the 2009 World Economic Forum and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.