100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Sun 19 Apr 2015 05:23 AM
Hassan Al Thawadi

Hassan Al Thawadi

Industry: Sport

Company: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Designation: Secretary General

Country: Qatar

Citizenship: @DeliverAmazing

Age: 37

Hassan Al Thawadi is responsible for organising the most anticipated event in Qatar’s history — the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The Supreme Committee is coordinating everything required to host the international football extravaganza, from building state-of-the-art air-conditioned stadiums and a plethora of supporting infrastructure to dealing with international criticism of the treatment of construction workers and the timing of the event. The 37-year-old was appointed in March, 2011, after leading the country’s bidding committee that successfully brought the event to the Middle East for the first time. As the face of the 2022 World Cup, he has dealt with persistent allegations of corruption during the bidding process. In February, he told Al Jazeera: “I can’t say if there is a prejudice against Qatar, but what I can say is there is a clear bias.”

The Sheffield University law graduate also is general counsel at the country’s sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Investment Authority, and Qatar Holding, which have investments in Porsche, Volkswagen, Barclays Bank, the New York Stock Exchange and Harrods, not to mention countless high-end European properties.