Posted on February 07, 2020

Qatar’s journey toward hosting one of the world’s greatest sporting events will be placed in the spotlight at Qatar Foundation next week – when the man who leads the organization tasked with delivering the Middle East’s first World Cup becomes the latest guest of the Education City Speaker Series.

In a public talk at Qatar National Library, His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi (pictured), Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), will speak about the progress that Qatar has madeand the next steps that will be taken as the nation prepares to stage the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as well as how its positive impact on the country will last long after the final ball is kicked. With 33 months to go before the tournament kicks off, His Excellency Al Thawadi will also talk about the role that innovation is playing in delivering the global sporting showpiece - and how it will be the most sustainable World Cup ever.

The moderated discussion on Monday, February 10 – on the eve of Qatar’s National Sport Day – is being held with the support of the SC. It is the latest edition of Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Education City Speaker Series, a platform for experts and thought-leaders from across a range of fields to give their insights and perspectives on key topics, themes, and trends. Open to all members of the community, Education City Speaker Series events enable people to hear and learn from, and interact with, its guest speakers, reflecting QF’s commitment to providing opportunity for the open exchange of knowledge and opinions.

Mayan Zebeib, Chief Communications Officer, Qatar Foundation, said: “With National Sport Day fast approaching, and with excitement and anticipation about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 continuing to build, we are absolutely delighted that His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi will join us for a special edition of our Education City Speaker Series“Qatar’s hosting of one of the world’s premiere sporting events is a landmark for the nation and has captured the attention of its community. Next week’s Education City Speaker Series will give people the opportunity to hear from – and engage with – a leader who is at the heart of delivering a memorable, and sustainable, World Cup that will create a true legacy for Qatar.”

The discussion with His Excellency Al Thawadi, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, will take place from 5-6pm in the public events area at Qatar National Library. For more information, please visit