Naif Al-Mutawa

  • Creator & Co-Writer, THE 99

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and President Barack Obama has praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. View video...

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Perhaps the highlight of the day was Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa's mid-day keynote address. Mutawa talked about THE 99, a comic book series, which Forbes identified as 'One of the Top 20 Trends Sweeping the Globe'. Addressing a packed Spangler Auditorium, Mutawa, a psychologist-turned-social entrepreneur who was recently praised by President Obama for creating the first group of superheroes born of an Islamic archetype, discussed his journey as an entrepreneur and the concept behind his work. His presentation was filled with puns and witty jokes, frequently causing the audience to break into laughter.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Naif Al-Mutawa
  • Minaret Business Organization
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
  • Chief Executives Organization
  • University of Michigan
  • Bahrain Development Bank
  • Boston College
  • FUNN- Sharjah Media Arts for Children and Youth
  • TEDGlobal
  • Haverford College
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In THE 99, Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime - they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, ev ...

In THE 99, Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime - they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

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Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, is an award winning serial entrepreneur, clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist who is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world’s media. Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and President Barack Obama has praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs viewed by his Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Naif is the founder of The Soor Center for Professional Therapy and Assessment, Kuwait’s leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, he is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a member of the American Psychological Association. 

An Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Naif is a member of the academic staff at Kuwait University’s Faculty of Medicine, where he has been teaching clinical psychology, communication skills creative writing, and cognitive behavioral therapy since 2005.

Dr. Naif has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University where he also earned a Master’s 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 holds a certification in conflict resolution from Columbia University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where he triple majored in clinical psychology, English literature and history.

Dr. Naif 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.

A highly acclaimed keynote speaker in topics ranging from mental health to entrepreneurship, Dr. Naif conducts regular workshops in creative problem solving, attention management, stress management, conflict resolution, and anger management and has been sought after by private companies and governments alike to train their employees.

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. In January 2015, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa received the Islamic Economy Award in the Media category for THE 99 from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

Dr. Naif was named by Arabian Business as one of The 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World and by Gulf Business as one the Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs for 2012 and 2013. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center has added Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa to their list of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World every year from 2009-2015.

He is on the investment committee of Kuwait’s National Fund for Small and Medium Sized Businesses, a fund of $7 billion dollars is earmarked to promote entrepreneurship in Kuwait. He is also a board member of Future Kids, a publicly listed company on the Kuwait Stock Exchange and a board member of Al-Jazeera Entertainment.

He is married to Rola Banaja is and the father of five sons. He travels extensively and has homes in Kuwait City and New York.