Industry: Banking and finance
Company: Qatar Development Fund
Designation: General manager
Still aged just 37, Khalifa Jassim Al Kuwari is one of the country’s rising stars, alongside Hassan Al Thawadi and Nasser Al Khelaifi. He is part of a new generation of young Qataris linked closely to the Emir. In his former role as COO of the QIA, Al Kuwari oversaw the entire business support structure for both entities, including risk, legal, finance, IT, HR and administration. He has previously sat on the supervisory boards of Volkswagen and Siemens (in which Qatar has significant investments), and has also held board membership roles at Songbird Estates, the owner of London’s Canary Wharf. Al Kuwari runs the Qatar Development Fund in his capacity as general manager, and this year signed off a deal to provide $100m in financing to the Palestinian Authority.
An earlier version of this article suggested that Khalifa Jassim Al Kuwari was the current COO of the QIA. In fact, he left his role in December 2012, and we are happy to set the record straight.