HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, who was on Tuesday appointed as the new Minister of Culture, was the CEO of the Qatar Media Corporation (QMC), the apex media entity entrusted with implementing a clear framework for the industry’s growth, and also a Board Member of Al Jazeera Network.
In these roles, Sheikh Abdulrahman played a key role in shaping the media and cultural landscape of Qatar, and has made significant contributions to establishing the nation as one of the leaders in the media industry through visionary and transformational initiatives.
Previously, Sheikh Abdulrahman served as Director Manager in charge of the Media Development Department at Qatar Media Corporation, Media Expert at the Office of His Highness the Heir Apparent, and Member of the Committee and Director of the Board of Cultural Events at the Doha Cultural Media Committee.
Among the new ministers are two women-- HE Maryam bint Ali bin Nasser al-Misnad, Minister of Social Development and Family and HE Buthaina bint Ali al-Jabr al-Nuaimi, Minister of Education and Higher Education.
HE Buthaina al-Nuaimi joined Qatar Foundation in 2006 and held several positions at the Education Division and was a founding member of eight schools under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation's Pre-University Education.
HE al-Nuaimi holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Paris in Qatar, a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Education in English from Qatar University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London.
HE Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser al-Misnad was appointed Executive Director of Administration and Finance Division at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) and was awarded with the International Social Responsibility Excellence Award for the year 2021, in recognition of her efforts in the field of humanitarian and volunteer work.
In addition, she held senior positions at various public social work organisations. She has an executive Master's degree in planning and business administration from HEC-Paris , and is a graduate of the executive leadership programme from Qatar Leadership Center. She also won the title of the Orphans’ ambassador two consecutive times as the first GCC woman to get such a prize.
HE Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed al-Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
He has been the president of the Communications Regulatory Authority since 2015.
He has more than 20 years’ experience and a proven record of success in developing and executing communications regulatory frameworks, telecommunications technologies, network planning, administration, and rollout.
Prior to his appointment with CRA, al-Mannai served as CEO of the Qatar National Broadband Network. He also served as Senior Director for the network rollout at Ooredoo. He holds a bachelor of science in physics and electronics from the American University in Cairo, and has numerous professional management and leadership diplomas from institutions including IMD, INSEAD and the Carnegie Bosch Institute.
HE Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali al-Thani, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
He was the head of the Qatar National Food Security Programme, with decades of experience in the agricultural and environmental sectors, as well as in the management of water resources. He is also experienced in investment projects with the erstwhile Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
Sheikh Dr Faleh has served as undersecretary of Agricultural and Fisheries Affairs since 2005. From 2011 onwards, he has acted as the head of Qatar’s permanent committee for the protection of underwater life. Since 2006, he has acted as the head of the permanent committee for farms and wells affairs. Additionally, since 2005 he has also acted as the chairman of the Board of Directors of Hassad Foods Company.
Throughout his career, he has represented the government in various delegations and missions, both in regional and international forums, relating to the agricultural sector. He has represented the government before leading organisations and during events, such as the FAO ASIAN, AOAD, ICARDA, IFAD, and ACSAD. He has presented academic research papers at international conferences, workshops, and conventions relating to water desalination through the use of solar energy as well as increasing agricultural productivity.
Sheikh Dr Faleh holds two PhDs, one in Water Resources Management and another in Solar Water Desalination, both from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.
HE Dr Ali bin Saeed bin Smaikh al-Marri, Minister of Labour
He was the chairman of the National Human Rights Committee. In 2012, he was elected as president of the Arab Committee for Human Rights in the League of Arab States. He has previously assumed the chair of the Sub-Committee on Accreditation from 2012-2015, which is specialised in reviewing and accrediting national human rights institutions in compliance with Paris Principles. He was elected as President of the Asia Pacific Forum for the period from 2013 to 2015. In addition, he was re-elected as chairman of the National Human Rights Committee in the State of Qatar at its 2019 session.
HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
He was appointed Deputy Governor of the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in March 2018. In April 2018, HE Sheikh Mohammed was appointed Deputy Chairman of the QFC Regulatory Authority and later that year, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Financial Markets Authority. Since 2019, he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Development Bank.
Prior to his March 2018 QCB appointment, Sheikh Mohammed held a range of senior roles there, including Director of the Risk Management Department until 2012. Following that, for five years, he held the role of Secretary of the Personal Representative of His Highness the Emir for follow-up affairs.
HE Ghanem bin Shaheen bin Ghanem al-Ghanem, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, was the Chief of Staff of Qatari Armed Forces, until his new appointment.
HE Mohamed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Yousef al-Sulaiti, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and member of the Cabinet, was the former Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council