Mr. Faisal Al-Suwaidi (center left) and QNRF higher management (click image to enlarge)
Mr Faisal Al-Suwaidi, Qatar Foundation's new President for Research and Development, recently visited QNRF's headquarters in downtown Doha to meet higher management and senior staff in order to connect with, and learn more about, the funding agency's Programs and objectives.
In addition to getting to know the QNRF management team, Mr. Al-Suwaidi attended a presentation given by Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, QNRF's Executive Director, who described QNRF's business model and the highlights and achievements of the first five years.
Dr. Al-Taie spoke of how honored QNRF was to receive him and share insights, commenting: "This visit represents a shared intention to stay connected and work collaboratively toward the goals shared by all organizations within Qatar Foundation."
Mr Al-Suwaidi's illustrious career began almost four decades ago when he began working for Qatar Petroleum (QP), rising to become QP's Administration Director. In 1992 he was appointed as Managing Director of Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) and, in 1997, he became the Vice Chairman and CEO of Qatargas During his tenure at Qatargas, Mr. Al-Suwaidi oversaw the construction and realization of Qatargas LNG trains 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, as well as the Laffan Refinery. The LNG trains are the largest in the world, while Laffan is the largest condensate refinery in the world. Mr. Al-Suwaidi also oversaw the construction of the largest LNG carrier fleet in the world, which consisted of 56 ships.*
Mr. Al-Suwaidi will will be responsible for all QF's activities relating to scientific research and development, contributing to QF's mission of unlocking human potential, a key aspect in transforming Qatar's carbon-based economy to one based on knowledge.
*Information in this paragraph courtesy announcement press release on Qatar Foundation's website.