8 December 2016

Secretary-General Appoints Ahmed Al Meraikhi of Qatar as Humanitarian Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Ahmed Al Meraikhi of Qatar as his Humanitarian Envoy.  He will succeed Abdullah al Matouq of Kuwait, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service to the organization.

The Secretary-General looks forward to Mr. Al Meraikhi working closely with the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs to build stronger partnerships in Qatar, the Gulf Cooperation Council region and beyond.

The Humanitarian Envoy will ensure stronger linkages between the United Nations and decision makers in Qatar and the broader region.  His overall objective will focus on supporting multilateral humanitarian response efforts by raising the profile of humanitarian crises with Governments and non-governmental organizations and increasing their engagement with the international humanitarian community.

Mr. Al Meraikhi is an Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar.  From 2010 to 2016, he was Director for the International Development Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director-General for the Qatar Development Fund.

Mr. Al Meraikhi studied in the United Kingdom where he obtained his master’s degree from Sheffield Hallam University, followed by a doctorate.

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