H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi is the Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the organisation responsible for coordinating amongst public and private entities to ensure that infrastructure and development projects are delivered in readiness for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
His appointment in March 2011 as Secretary General followed on from his role as Chief Executive Officer in Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee, in which he worked closely with Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, promoting Qatar’s ultimately successful attempt to bring the FIFA World Cup to the Middle East for the first time.
In addition to this, he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed Local Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup in 2022, responsible for organising and staging the event.
A lawyer by profession, Al Thawadi previously served as General Counsel for Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding, entities founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to strengthen the national economy by diversifying into new asset classes and growing Qatar’s long-term strategic investments. He maintains a role at QIA as Legal Advisor to the CEO.
Al Thawadi holds board positions at key national stakeholders of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy concerned with delivering the 2022 FIFA World Cup including Katara Hospitality (previously known as Qatar National Hotels – a hospitality owner, manager and developer) and Qatari Diar (established in 2005 and entrusted to support Qatar’s growing economy through coordination of the country’s real estate development priorities).
He also holds roles on various boards and committees at Qatar University (College of Business and Economics), Qatar Chamber for Commerce and Industry, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Msheireb Properties and Hassad Foods.
In 2013, he was appointed to FIFA’s World Cup Organising Committee (the committee responsible for all matters pertaining to the FIFA World Cup) as Special Advisor.
Al Thawadi is a graduate in Law from the University of Sheffield and speaks four languages.