FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 head and the secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), HE Hassan al-Thawadi, will be the 2023 graduation speaker of Northwestern University in Qatar.

Al-Thawadi is a prominent figure in global sports who has been instrumental in delivering the first FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and one of the largest sporting tournaments in the region. His involvement with the World Cup first started as a member of the bid committee and later as secretary general of the SC and chairman of the 2022 FIFA World Cup LLC, where he oversaw the development of the infrastructure, social, and cultural projects related to the tournament.

Al-Thawadi also holds board and committee positions at numerous local and international entities, including Katara Hospitality, Qatar Media City, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Museums, Qatar Rail, Qatar International Islamic Bank, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

He has also been a prominent figure in international affairs and a speaker at some of the most influential economic and political gatherings around the world.
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