Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani has been Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since January 2016. He obtained a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Qatar University in 2003. In the same year, he joined the Supreme Council for Family Affairs as an economic researcher and then was successively promoted until he reached the position of Director of Economic Affairs in the period from 2005 to 2009. He was appointed manager for the project on supporting and developing small and medium-sized state enterprises at the Ministry of Business and Trade in March 2009, and Secretary of the Personal Representative of the Emir of Qatar for Follow-up Affairs, at the Emiri Diwan in June 2010. He was nominated Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs in January 2014.