The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation hosted a luncheon in honor of His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States, today in Washington DC.
Ambassador Al Kuwari began his career in diplomatic service in Washington DC and later served in Madrid, Tehran and in senior government positions in Qatar. Before returning to Washington in 2014, he was Qatar’s Ambassador to France for a decade. During his tenure as Ambassador to the United States, he has continued to promote the important bilateral links between the two countries, including shared interests in security, trade and education. As an example, he has worked to showcase the Doha Education City, a campus containing six American universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Weill Cornell Medical College. He has also worked closely with both Qatari and American businesses to highlight Qatar’s expanded presence as an investor in the US.
John Oberdorfer, the Foundation’s President, said: “The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation was founded in 2000 and has awarded 190 fellowships to outstanding law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. We have been delighted to expand our Fellowship program to Qatari students, with our third Fellow from Qatar being announced today. We honor His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari and the State of Qatar for their support of the program.”
Michael Curto, Washington DC Office Managing Partner, added: “Qatar has an impressive history in promoting innovation through education. Its approach to higher education has propelled many new technological industries forward through its support of research and development. We commend the Ambassador for his work in supporting educational collaboration, strengthening the bonds between Qatar and the US.”
“Squire Patton Boggs has a long history in Qatar and was the first US law firm invited to establish an office in the country,” said Susan Bastress, former Doha Office Managing Partner and now senior partner in Washington DC. “Qatar is a forward-looking knowledge-based economy with a strong emphasis on public-private partnerships in infrastructure development. It will therefore be uniquely placed to benefit as these partnerships gain momentum around the world.”
Dean Dilley, Squire Patton Boggs’ longstanding advisor to the Embassy of Qatar, added: “Having worked with the Ambassador for more than 20 years, I can personally speak to His Excellency’s commitment to innovative educational initiatives. Very recently, Ambassador Al-Kuwari was in New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Qatar Katrina Fund, a US$100 million project to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of the key pillars of the Qatar Katrina Fund was rebuilding higher education institutions impacted by the disaster, which was a crucial area of interest for the Embassy.”
At the luncheon, it was announced that the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation has awarded its 2016 International Fellowship to Ms. Asma Al Khulaifi, a first year law student at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Asma will be the Foundation’s third Fellow from Qatar.