Born in Qatar in 1952, H.E. Al-Attiyah has more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry and has served in a variety of senior leadership positions within the government of Qatar.
In 1992, H.E. Al-Attiyah was appointed Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, before being entrusted with the additional responsibility of Second Deputy Prime Minister in 2003. He was elected as Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2006; Then H.E. was elevated to Deputy Prime Minister, and in 2011 was appointed Chief of the Amiri Diwan. Afterword, H.E. held the presidency of the Administrative Control and transparency Authority in the State of Qatar, and then he took over the presidency of the 18th Session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as the (COP18/CMP18) hosted by the Qatari in 2012. H.E. also participated in many important International and Regional Conferences.
During his illustrious career H.E received many accolades and awards. On December 20, 2011, H.E. was honored by H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar at the time with the Necklace of Independence, and also awarded him the degree of the Prime Minister. H.E. received the Grand Cordon in Orange Nassau conferred by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and the Order of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Emperor of Japan. H.E received a badge of honor (Médaille d'honneur) from the President of the French Republic — the rank of a senior officer in 2014, and the Order of the Lebanese national rice as an officer in the year 2000, and the Lebanese Order of Merit of the first class in 2005, and the Order of the Faculty Graduates Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2006.
H.E. was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Texas A&M in May 2011, and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Torvergata, Italy on February 11, 2016.