Early life and education:
H.E. Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed AlAttiyah (Arabic: خالد بن محمد العطية, born 9 March 1967) is a Qatari politician who has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar since 2013.
His family belong to the Banu Tamim tribe to which the ruling family of Qatar, the House of Thani, also belong. His father was the founder of the Qatar Armed Forces.
He received a bachelor’s degree in air science from King Faisal Air Academy in 1987 and also, a law degree from Beirut Arab University in 1993. He holds a master’s degree in public law (1991) and a PhD in law (2006), both of which he received from Cairo University.
Al Attiyah started his career as fighter pilot and joined Qatar’s air force, where he served from 1987 to 1995. He left the air force and established a law firm in 1995. From 2003 to 2008 he served as the President of the National Committee for Human Rights. During the same period he also owned a law firm.
Then he served as the Minister of State for International Cooperation from 2008 to 2011. During his tenure he also served as acting Minister for Business and Trade. In 2009, he became a member of Silatech’s board of trustees. He is also a member of the board of directors and chairman of the executive committee of the Diar company, and a member of the board of directors of the Qatar electricity and water company.
In a cabinet reshuffle in September 2011, Al Attiyah was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani. On 26 June 2013, Al Attiyah was named as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in a cabinet reshuffle. He replaced Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani as foreign minister. The cabinet is headed by Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani.
1987-1995: Fighter Pilot – Qatar’s Emiri Air Force.
1995-2008: Khalid Bin Mohamed al-Attiyah Firm for Legal Consultations and Services.
2003-2008: President of the National Committee for Human Rights.
29/5/2007: Member of the board of Trustees- Arab Democracy Foundation.
9/3/2008: member of the board of Director- Qatar Electricity & Water. company.
2/7/2008: Minister of State for International Cooperation.
2/6/2009: Acting Minister of Business and Trade.
3/6/2009: Vice- Chairman Qatar Financial Center Authority.
21/6/2009: Chairman Of the Board of Directors -Qatar’s Stock Exchange.
29/10/2009: Vice- Chairman of the Supreme Council for Information Technology and Communications.
19/1/2009: Member of the board of Trustees-Silatech.
13/10/2009: member of the board of Director and Chairman of the executive committee – Qatari Diar real Estate investment Company.
20/09/2011: Appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Council of Ministers.
26/6/2013: Appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.