The Gulf Business Arab Power List is an annual ranking of the world's 50 most powerful Arabs. The 2015 list (published in spring 2016) included ten Qataris. Below are brief portraits of the five most influential Qataris among them.

  1. Akbar Al-Baker, Chairman, Qatar Airways

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of one of the world's largest flag carriers, H.E. Akbar Al-Baker was conferred with France's 'Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur' in 2004 and was subsequently bestowed with the higher distinction of ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur' by President Hollande on June 5th, 2015. H.E. Al-Baker received this honor in recognition of his commitment to "spearheading excellent relationships between his airline and Airbus". Qatar Airways is the European manufacturer's number one customer. H.E. is seen as having been instrumental in the growth of Qatar Airways, which operated only four aircrafts prior to his appointment. Qatar Airways currently flies 177 aircrafts to more than 150 destinations worldwide. He is ranked 13th on the list.

  1. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President & Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Petroleum

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi became president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum in 2014 – currently the third largest oil company in the world by oil and gas reserves. He is also head of Industries Qatar, a Qatari conglomerate which invests in petrochemicals, fertilizers and steel, and is one of the largest Qatari companies listed on the stock market. He is ranked 17th on the list.

  1. Hassan Abdullah Al-Thawadi, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general

Appointed Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee secretary general following the country's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Hassan Abdullah Al-Thawadi is responsible for coordinating the Qatari government agencies in charge of organizing the event. This is the first time that such a major sporting tournament is being hosted by a country in the Middle East. Hassan Abdullah Al-Thawadi is a graduate in law and is also general legal counsel to the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and to Qatar Holding. He is ranked 18th on the list.

  1. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA)

A member of the ruling royal family and Vice Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani became head of the QIA, one of the world's biggest investment funds, in 2014. The QIA was set up in 2005 and currently manages funds totalling more than $300 billion. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani is also chairman of the board of directors of the Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and chairman of Ooredoo, a telecoms firm. He is ranked 22nd on the list.

  1. Ali Shareef Al-Emadi, Chairman of the Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Chairman of the Qatar National Bank since 2005, Ali Shareef Al-Emadi also became Minister of Finance in 2013. QNB is Qatar's largest bank. In 2015, the bank posted growth of 9% and total assets reached QAR 550 billion (USD151.1 billion, EUR 2,000 billion). Ali Shareef Al-Emadi is also a member of the Board of Directors of QIA and is Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Economic Affairs and Investment. He is ranked 23rd on the list.

To learn more:  the five most powerful Qataris according to Gulf Business; Gulf Business Arab Power List 2016