His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was appointed as Prime Minister of the State of Qatar on March 7th, 2023 through Amiri Decree No. (2) of 2023, while maintaining his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs since January 27, 2016. In His Excellency’s capacity as Prime Minister, his main priorities include advising His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on the formation of ministries in the country, and assisting His Highness the Amir in performing his duties and exercising his roles. His Excellency also leads the sessions of the Council of Ministers, including managing its discussions and supervising the coordination of work between the various ministries to achieve unity between governmental agencies and ensure the integration of their activities.
In his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency has prioritized promoting and expanding the country's bilateral and multilateral strategic relations and strengthening the status of the State of Qatar at both regional and international levels, as well as leading efforts to promote international peace and security. His Excellency is responsible for supervising and implementing the foreign policy of the State of Qatar to achieve its objectives. His Excellency has also sponsored Qatari mediation efforts in many regional crises over the past years, which contributed to reducing escalation and violence in various parts of the world and resulted in the signing of a number of peace agreements between various conflicting parties.
Alongside his position as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) since 2014, which promotes the development of societies around the world by supporting education, healthcare, economic empowerment, and addressing climate change, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. His Excellency also supervises QFFD’s projects in more than 70 countries around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and has directed the fund's support towards primary and secondary education, in addition to the public health and economic development sectors in particular.
His Excellency has also been a member of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment since 2014. The Supreme Council is responsible for economic and energy affairs, investment of the country’s reserves, drafting the state's general policies in the economic, financial, commercial, and energy fields, and approving the priorities of public spending.
In addition to his aforementioned roles, His Excellency has invested in a number of successful economic projects and contributed to the establishment of several projects aimed at diversifying the local economy and attracting foreign direct investments, including launching programs that aim to encourage entrepreneurial joint ventures and support the State of Qatar’s economic growth.
Academic qualifications and professional experience
His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University in 2003. Early in his career, His Excellency worked as an Economic Researcher at the Ruling Family Council in 2003, where he later became the Director of Economic Affairs in 2005.
In 2009, Sheikh Mohammed was appointed as Director of the Department of Public and Private Sectors Partnership at the Ministry of Business and Trade, which aimed to promote economic diversification programs and encourage entrepreneurial joint ventures. His Excellency also launched “Enterprise Qatar” – an initiative that provides technical and financial support for small and medium-sized enterprises to help them develop and advance.
From 2010 and 2011, Sheikh Mohammed served as the Secretary of the Personal Representative of His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for Follow-up Affairs at the Amiri Diwan. His Excellency also became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Mining Company in the same year. He then became the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in 2011 and was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aspire – Katara Investment Company.
In 2013, His Excellency joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs, where his policies focused on promoting multilateral cooperation alongside implementing Qatar's foreign development policy and applying international cooperation strategies based on the Qatar National Vision 2030.
His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2017-2023 and Chairman of Qatar Investment Authority from 2018 to 2023.