Position: Secretary-general, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee
Biography: Hassan al-Thawadi is the secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, which will be hosted by Qatar. Al-Thawadi was appointed to the position in March 2011. Prior to this, he was the chief executive officer of the bid committee driving Qatar’s pitch to host the event.
Since 2007, Al-Thawadi has been a director of the legal department of sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holdings, both of which were founded in 2005. Prior to his position with the QIA, he worked for Qatar Petroleum.
Al-Thawadi also sits on the board of Hassad Food Company, a state-backed firm set up to invest in agriculture and livestock. He graduated with a degree in law from Sheffield University in the UK. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has direct responsibility for developing facilities planned for the World Cup.
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Company: Qatar 2022 Bid Committee
Biography: As head of the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee, Hassan al-Thawadi played a key role in helping Qatar win the right to host the Fifa World Cup.
Despite concerns over the climate, Al-Thawadi steered his team to victory, seeing off rival entries from Japan, the US, South Korea and Australia. Winning the bid is a major coup not just for Qatar, but for the wider Middle East; it is the first time the football tournament will be staged in the region.
Al-Thawadi’s next task will be to ensure the infrastructure committed to in the bid documents gets built. Over the next decade, 12 new stadiums, 70,000 new hotel rooms and more than $40bn-worth of transport infrastructure needs to be constructed. This will place Qatar at the forefront of a new regional building boom.
Al-Thawadi is also director of the legal department at the Qatar Investment Authority, the country’s sovereign wealth fund.
Al-Thawadi graduated with a law degree from the UK’s University of Sheffield.
This biography was published on 05.01.11