H.E. Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari
“Cultural diplomacy between theory and practice: Qatari – Turkish cultural ties as a model.”
Date : 25.04.2019, Thursday
Time: 10:40 a.m.
Room: C Block Amphi
Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari is State Minister with rank of Deputy Prime-Minister. He is a Qatari diplomat, statesman, and intellectual. He has been the Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar from July 2008 to January 2016. He was previously the Ambassador of Qatar for France, the United States, the UNESCO and the UN. He is married and the father of three children. Dr. Al-Kawari was Qatar’s candidate for the post of UNESCO Director General. He led the vote in pole position for 4 rounds and lost the fifth for a single vote, with 28 votes against 30 for the French candidate.
Between 1972 and 1974, he started his diplomatic career as chargé d’affaires in Lebanon. He was appointed ambassador of Qatar in Syria from 1974 to 1979 then in France (1979–84). During that time he was also non-resident ambassador in Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. From 1984 to 1990, he was Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations while also running the non-resident embassies to Argentina, Brazil and Canada. He was then appointed ambassador to the United States (1990–92) and non-resident ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela.