Dr. Craig Thompson worked in the tourism industry in a number of countries in Europe before studying for a Masters degree in Tourism Management at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. Following a period in the public sector, as the Tourism Development Officer for Wiltshire, Craig took his first lecturing role in the University of Derby. Whilst at Derby he commenced a PhD, also through the University of Strathclyde, focused on entrepreneurship in the hospitality sector, in The Gambia, West Africa, which he completed in 2000. He moved to New Zealand in the mid-1990s to develop and manage the countries’ first specialist degree in Tourism Management. Another opportunity then took him to Switzerland, where he became the Academic Director of the Swiss Education Group, the countries’ largest provider of hospitality education. It was then back to Scotland to head an industry led project to create a private hotel school.
Craig is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is a member of editorial board for the journal of Research in Hospitality Management and Journal of Tourism Futures.
Mr. Hassan Al Ibrahim leads the Tourism Development Sector of Qatar Tourism Authority, the government entity responsible for the planning, regulating and promoting a sustainable tourism sector in Qatar.
Prior to joining QTA in 2012, Hassan served in several senior positions in the Marketing and Project Management departments of RasGas Company Limited, a leader in natural gas in Qatar.
Hassan holds a BEng in Computer Engineering, an MSc in Project Management as well as an EMBA degree at HEC Paris, Qatar.
Mr. Hassan is the Vice President of Regency Group Holding, one of Qatar’s oldest and largest business entities which offers a diverse range of services in Qatar and overseas. He is also the President of Discovery Software Technology, one of the companies under the Regency Group.
Al-Mansoori graduated in 1987 with a BSc degree in Computer and Management Sciences and is specialized in the fields of administration, IT and Financial Services.
He started his career with Qatar Petroleum, where he held various leading financial positions. After this he was employed as the Head of Applied Systems by the Ministry of Interior of Qatar. He was also a Director of Information Technology for Qatar Olympics Committee and Qatar Investment Authority, where he was responsible for establishing the IT department and setting investment and financial system applications. He also served as a Director of Dlala Brokerage and Investments Holding Company Q.S.C. In 2011 he started working for Qatar Stock Exchange, initially as the Deputy CEO and then as CEO, a position he has held since October 2012. He is an active member and director of the World Federation of Exchanges and a member of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority. He formerly served as a board member in various Qatari companies and governmental institutions. He also represents the Education and Health Fund at Ministry of Finance.
An Economics graduate, Mrs. Amruda Nair went on to gain qualifications in Hospitality Management from CHN University in The Netherlands and a master’s degree from the world’s leading hotel school, Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in New York, which included exposure to Asian markets through the Nanyang Business School, in Singapore.
Amruda serves on multiple boards and organisations including:
- Camphor and Allied Products Limited – Board member
- Entrepreneur’s Organisation Mumbai – Board member
- Sahachari Foundation – Associate committee member of an NGO which stands for ‘women who walk together’ in support of societal responsibility and empowerment
- Apne Aap Women’s Collective – Vice President of an anti-trafficking organisation that serves women and children in Mumbai’s red light district
Sheikh Turki is the Chairman of Al Sawari Holding, a global investment holding company in Qatar. He has been Board Observer of Al Faisal Holding since 2010. He is also the Honorary President of Belgian Business Club-Qatar.
Sheikh Turki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Georgetown University, Qatar.
Mr. Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla has become the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Katara Hospitality in February 2011, having previously held the position of Chief Human Resources and Administration Officer since 2009.
Since completing his Hospitality Management & Tourism studies at the University of Salzburg in 1991, Hamad has amassed over 20 years’ experience in top management positions within various Katara Hospitality properties in Qatar including the Sheraton Gulf Hotel, currently known as the Doha Marriott Hotel and Merweb hotel Al Sadd Doha.
Prior to joining Msheireb Properties, Al-Mehshadi held a number of senior positions within the engineering and construction fields. Most recently he held the title of Managing Director and Technical Affairs Director of the Private Engineering Office (PEO).
Al-Mehshadi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Continuing his education in Qatar, he now holds an Executive Master’s Degree of Business Administration from the HEC Paris in Qatar and a diploma in leadership from Qatar Leadership Centre.
Dr. Khalid Al Sulaiti earned his PhD in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. His rich career history includes:
- Assistant Professor of Marketing
- CEO, First Finance Company, Qatar
- General Manager, First Investment Company, Qatar
- CEO Steering Committee of Barwa Bank,
- Senior Consultant, Barwa Real Estate Company
- General Manager, Institute of Administrator Development, Qatar
- Dean of Student Affairs, Qatar University
- Acting Dean, College of Business and Economic, Qatar University
- Director of Information and Market Relations, Qatar Exchange
Sheikh Mohammad is the Vice Chairman of Al Faisal Holding and Aamal Company. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Sharjah (UAE) and of the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences-Egypt. He is also the Honorary President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar. Sheikh Mohammad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar.