HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Minister of Interior
His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was born in 1991 in Doha, where he was raised and received his early education. He enrolled at the University of Southern California in the United States (US) and graduated in 2015 with an Exemplary rating in his Public Policy degree. Afterwards, he obtained a master’s degree in Public Diplomacy from the same university in 2017.
In 2015, His Excellency joined the Internal Security Force, known as “Lekhwiya”, where he was awarded first place with “Excellence” in the officer induction course. With an Officer rank, he joined “Lifdawiya”, a special unit operating under “Lekhwiya”.
From 2015 to 2018, His Excellency participated in approximately 13 military training courses held in Qatar, the US and France. The courses covered several fields such as combating terrorism, sniping, urban combat, discarding and disposal of explosives, problem-solving strategies, exceptional decision-making, “Al Saiqa”, freefall parachuting, operational parachuting, diving, negotiations during terrorist attacks, VIP protection, and riot control.
His Excellency participated in securing two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020 through the Tournament Safety and Security Operations Committee. In 2020, he was appointed as a member of the National Security Council, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC). He was also appointed as a member of the supervisory committee for the first Shura Council elections, which took place in 2021. In the same year, he led the operations of the FIFA Arab Cup and the Formula 1 World Championship.
In 2021, His Excellency assumed the position of Assistant Chairman of Tournament Operations and Safety Committee for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. In the same year and the one that followed, he led the supervisory operations for the “Watan” security exercise. In 2022, he was appointed Commander of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Security Operations, and the National Risk Management Team President.
His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was appointed Minister of Interior in March 2023.
Besides Arabic, His Excellency is also fluent in English.