Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Hassan Al Thawadi

Hassan Al Thawadi

Industry: Sport

Company: Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee

Designation: Secretary general

Country: Qatar

Following on from his success in making a bold bid for Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Al Thawadi is vying for a role on the FIFA Executive Committee as the Asian Football Confederation representative. A vote is scheduled to be held on May 2.

Al Thawadi, 34, was a key player in securing Qatar the rights to host the 2022 Cup – which will be the first time it has been held in the Middle East - despite a flurry of criticism including that it would be too hot, and the country lacked association with football, had a tiny population and would not be able to provide the necessary infrastructure. Al Thawadi fought back at every point and billions of dollars of infrastructure projects have now been signed off, which will help Qatar become perhaps the most advanced state in the Gulf by the time the tournament is hosted.

Al Thawadi is also General Counsel at Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Holding.