Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

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Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani
Qatari Secretary to the Emir for Investments Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Signs Secretary Tillerson's Guestbook Before Their Meeting in Washington (35305317066).jpg
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani signing Rex Tillerson's guestbook
House House of Thani
Father Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Mother Moza bint Nasser Al Missned
Religion Islam

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is a member of the Royal House of Thani. He is the brother of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the son of the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, with his second wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

Early life and education[edit]

Mohammed holds a bachelor's degree the from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and a Master's in public administration from Harvard Kennedy University's School of Government.[citation needed]

Mohammed is a former captain of the Qatar equestrian team.[1]

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Mohammed was chairman of the committee that presented Qatar's winning bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[2][3] Qatar's bid has been marred by allegations of bribery, including that several African officials were reportedly paid $1.5 million each by Qatar.[4] Additionally, in March 2014 it was discovered that disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner and his family were paid almost $2 million from a firm linked to Qatar's successful campaign.[5] There have subsequently been calls to strip Qatar of the right to host the tournament.[5][6]

Mohammed is the managing director of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is responsible for developing the infrastructure in Qatar for the World Cup.[7][8] Qatar has allegedly engaged in "modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, during a building binge paving the way for 2022." According to a September 2013 Guardian investigation, evidence was found "to suggest that thousands of Nepalese, who make up the single largest group of laborers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to Nepalese workers in Qatar have been dying at a rate of one per day."[9] According to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Qatar's construction work for the World Cup could ultimately cost the lives of 4,000 migrant workers.[10]

Investments[edit]

In 2008, Mohammed acquired a 5.1% stake of Kaupthing Bank in Iceland for $280 million. Mohamed's investment was later revealed to be part of a scheme to defraud investors and manipulate the bank's valuation for which four members of the bank's leadership, including its CEO and chairman, were sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.[11]

Thani has been leading Qatari government efforts to acquire the conservative media outlet Newsmax.[12][13]

Lawsuit[edit]

In May 2018, Mohammed was named a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy. Broidy alleges that Mohammed and an associate, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, oversaw Qatar's cyber warfare campaign targeting him and his company.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Games opens in spectacular fashion". The Hindu. 3 December 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Qatar's bid for 2022 WCup includes cooling fields". San Diego Union-Tribune. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Doherty, Regan E. "2022 World Cup presents challenge for tiny Qatar". U.S. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Sorry Soccer". Sports Illustrated. May 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "World Cup 2022 investigation: demands to strip Qatar of World Cup". Daily Telegraph. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "FIFA may strip Qatar of hosting the 2022 World Cup". news.com.au. February 25, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Message From The Managing Director". Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. 
  8. ^ "Board of directors for Supreme Committee announced". FIFA. April 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'". The Guardian. September 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Qatar World Cup construction 'will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead'". The Guardian. September 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "This Is Where Bad Bankers Go to Prison". Bloomberg. March 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Qatar eyes stake in Newsmax". Politico. May 8, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Is Qatar Trying to Invest in Conservative Media to Curry Favor With Trump?". Slate. May 9, 2018. 
  14. ^ "GOP Fundraiser Elliott Broidy Expands Suit Alleging Qatar-Backed Hacking". The Wall Street Journal. May 25, 2018.