DR AHMED AL-MERAIKHI
Dr. Al Meraikhi was appointed as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in December 2019. In line with the Secretary-General’s vision and efforts to address the root causes of humanitarian disasters and conflicts, to take more preventative measures, and improve the quality of the United Nations’ response, Dr. Al Meraikhi is appointed to support the Secretary-General's ongoing outreach in broadening and strengthening engagement and dialogue with member states, particularly in the Global South, and with the private sector.
Dr. Al Meraikhi was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon as his Humanitarian Envoy in December 2016. This appointment was reaffirmed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. As Humanitarian Envoy to the Secretary-General, Dr. Al Meraikhi worked closely with the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs focusing on supporting multilateral humanitarian response efforts by raising the profile of humanitarian crises with Governments and non-governmental organizations and increasing their engagement with the international humanitarian community.
Dr. Al Meraikhi's experience includes work with the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Ambassador. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Al-Meraikhi joined the UN CERF-Advisory Group as a member in November 2013 and elected to be the Vice-Chair in October 2015. Dr. Al-Meraikhi served as Vice President of the Qatar Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activity since 2014. He simultaneously served as the Founding Director of the International Development Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (2010-2016) and had served as Director General of the Qatar Development Fund (2010-2015). In 2008, Dr. Al-Meraikhi began his association with charitable associations; serving as Vice Chairman of the Qatar Coordination Committee for Charity Associations (2008) whose primary objective was to coordinate activities and assist in developing Qatari civil society. He served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Education Above All Foundation (2011-2016) and served as Vice Chairman for the Standing Committee for the rescue and relief work and humanitarian assistance in the affected areas of sisterly and friendly countries (2010-2016).