Qatar Foundation appoints new president for research and development

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Published January 10th, 2012 - 01:18 GMT

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, formally announced today the appointment of Mr. Faisal Mohammed Al-Suwaidi as President of Research and Development at QF.

In his new role, Mr. Al-Suwaidi will be responsible for all QF's activities relating to scientific research and development, including projects that fall under Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), and the Qatar Research Institutes, which form an umbrella organization for Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).

Additionally, Mr. Al-Suwaidi will oversee the development of executive plans for future research strategies at QF, thus ensuring the growth of scientific research in Qatar.

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 also the largest condensate refinery in the world. During this period, 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 contribute to QF's mission of unlocking human potential by promoting QF's research initiatives, which are a key aspect in transforming Qatar's carbon based economy to one based on knowledge.

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Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation (QF) is a non-profit organization made up of more than 50 entities working in education, research, and community development.

Our unique ecosystem—supported by partnerships with leading international institutions—is built on initiatives that address our most pressing challenges, create global opportunities, and empower people to shape our present and future.

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