Brookings Doha Center

Advisory Council - Brookings Doha Center

In pursuing its mission, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) benefits from the guidance of its prominent International Advisory Council.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Chair
His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani is the former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. He began his political career in 1982 as Director of the Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture. In 1989, he was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture. In 1990, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani was appointed Deputy Minister of Electricity and Water for two years alongside his post as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture. There, he supervised several successful projects and developed the agricultural sector in Qatar. In addition to these two positions, His Excellency held the following posts: Chairman of Qatar Electricity and Water Company, President of the Central Municipal Council, Director of the Special Emiri Projects Office, Member of Qatar Petroleum Board of Directors, and Member of the Supreme Council for Planning. In 1992, His Excellency was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and he kept his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the subsequent ministerial reshuffles in July 1995, October 1996 and January 1999. On September 16, 2003, he was appointed as First Deputy Prime Minister while retaining his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs. On April 3, 2007, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim was appointed as Prime Minister while retaining his position as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Other key positions held by His Excellency include: Member of the Supreme Defense Council which was established in 1996, Head of Qatar's Permanent Committee for the Support of Al Quds which was formed in 1998, Member of the Permanent Constitution Committee formed in 1999, Member of the Ruling Family Council established in 2000, and Member of the Supreme Council for the Investment of the Reserves of the State, which was established in 2000.

Strobe Talbott, Co-Chair
Strobe Talbott is the president of the Brookings Institution. Talbott, whose career spans journalism, government service, and academia, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy with specialties on Europe, Russia, South Asia, and nuclear arms control. As deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, Talbott was deeply involved in both the conduct of U.S. policy abroad and the management of executive branch relations with Congress. Talbott’s previous positions include: director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University; deputy secretary of state (1994–2001); ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state on the New Independent States (1993–94); editor-at-large and Foreign Affairs columnist (1989–92), Washington bureau chief (1984–89), diplomatic correspondent (1977–84), White House correspondent (1975–76), State Department correspondent (1974–75), and Eastern Europe correspondent (1971–73) for Time Magazine. Strobe Talbott is the author of many renowned works including The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation; Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy, and the Bomb; The Russia Hand, and Khrushchev Remembers. Talbott holds an M.Litt. from Oxford University and a B.A. from Yale University.

Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm that works with clients to seize opportunities, assess and manage risk and solve problems worldwide. Dr. Albright is also Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and was, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of the president’s cabinet. She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright co-chairs the UNDP’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, serves on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees for the Aspen Institute and the board of directors of the Center for a New American Security. Dr. Albright earned a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a certificate from its Russian Institute.

Zbigniew Brzezinski
Zbigniew Brzezinski is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C. He is co-chair of the American Committee for Peace in the Caucasus and is a former chairman of the American-Ukrainian Advisory Committee. He is a counselor and trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and cochairs the CSIS advisory board. Dr. Brzezinski was a member of the Policy Planning Council of the Department of State from 1966 to 1968; chairman of the Humphrey Foreign Policy Task Force in the 1968 presidential campaign; director of the Trilateral Commission from 1973 to 1976; and principal foreign policy adviser to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 presidential campaign. From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Brzezinski was national security adviser to President Carter. In 1981 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the normalization of U.S.-China relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States. He was also a member of the President’s Chemical Warfare Commission (1985), the National Security Council–Defense Department Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy (1987–1988), and the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1987–1989). In 1988, he was cochairman of the Bush National Security Advisory Task Force, and in 2004, he was cochairman of a Council on Foreign Relations task force that issued the report Iran: Time for a New Approach. Dr. Brzezinski received a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University (1949, 1950) and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1953). He was a member of the faculties of Columbia University (1960–1989) and Harvard University (1953–1960). Dr. Brzezinski holds honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Williams College, Fordham University, College of the Holy Cross, Alliance College, the Catholic University of Lublin, Warsaw University, and Vilnius University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and the author of many books.

Edward P. Djerejian
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, is one of the United States’ most distinguished diplomats whose career has spanned the administrations of eight U.S. presidents. Ambassador Djerejian is a leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East. He has played key roles in the Arab–Israeli peace process, the U.S.-led coalition against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, successful efforts to end the civil war in Lebanon, the release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon, and the establishment of collective and bilateral security arrangements in the Gulf. Prior to his nomination by President Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he served both President Bush and President Clinton as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and President Reagan and President Bush as U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. Ambassador Djerejian has also served as deputy assistant secretary of Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, as deputy chief of the U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Jordan, and as special assistant to President Reagan and deputy press secretary for foreign affairs in the White House. He holds a Bachelor of Science and an honorary doctorate in humanities from Georgetown University, and a doctor of laws, honoris causa, from Middlebury College.

Wajahat Habibullah
Wajahat Habibullah has been chief information commissioner of India since October 26, 2005. Previously, he was secretary to the Government of India in the ministry of Panchayati Raj (local government) and minister of education. Between October 1, 2003 and July 31, 2004, he was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C., working on “Kashmir: the Problem & its Resolution”. Between 1994 and 1999, he was minister of community affairs at the embassy of India in Washington D.C. where he interacted with the Indian American community and other sections of American society, addressing issues of concern within government and helping promote a better understanding of India. He piloted a bill in Congress and subsequent clearances for the establishment of the Gandhi Memorial in Washington D.C. Between 1991 and 1993, Habibullah was secretary of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, set up after the assassination of the former prime minister. He has many publications under his name including “The Protection of Human Rights in a Disturbed Situationand “The Political Economy of the Kashmir Conflict”. Wajahat Habibullah is the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Secularism-1994 and the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service from the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir-1996. He holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Delhi, India.

Musa Hitam
Tun Musa Hitam held various posts at the international level. These have included chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, member of the board of UNESCO, leader of the Commonwealth Missions to Fiji and member of the Commonwealth Ministers Delegations to Nigeria, Sierre Leone, Gambia and Pakistan. Before becoming Malaysia’s fifth deputy prime minister and minister of home affairs in 1981 -1986, Tan Sri Musa held a number of key government posts, including deputy minister of trade & industry, minister of primary industries and minister of education. Between 1990 and 1991, he was Malaysia’s special envoy to the United Nations. He was leader of the Malaysian delegation to the UN Commission on Human Rights from 1993 to 1998 and was elected chairman of the 52nd Session of the Commission in 1995. Tun Musa is a founder member of the Beijing-based BOAO Forum for Asia. At the national level, he was the chairman of the Malaysian National Commission on Human Rights from 2000 – 2002. For his services he was given awards by various state governments in Malaysia and the Yang DiPertuan Agong (King) awarded him a title which made him a “Tan Sri”. Tun Musa is currently chairman of two public listed companies: Lion Industries Berhad and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad. He is a joint chairman of the Malaysia-China Business Council. Tun Musa Hitam received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Malaya, his master’s degree at the University of Sussex and was a fellow at the CFIA Harvard University. He was awarded with academic honors including honorary doctorates from Sussex University and University Malaysia Sabah. He is currently a fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Management and member of the advisory board of the Malaysian Journal of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.

Pervez Hoodbhoy
Pervez Hoodbhoy is professor of nuclear physics at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, where he has been a faculty member since 1973. He received his bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, master's in solid state physics, and Ph.D. in nuclear physics, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hoodbhoy is the recipient of the Abdus Salam Prize for mathematics and is the author of 65 scientific research papers. He is chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization which publishes books in Urdu on women’s rights, education, environmental issues, philosophy, and modern thought. Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two series aimed at popularizing science. He is author of Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality, now in 5 languages. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for popularizing science in Pakistan with TV series and his film The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth won honorable mention at the Paris Film Festival.

Nemir Kirdar
Nemir Kirdar is executive chairman and chief executive officer of Investcorp, the global investment group which he founded in 1982 and which operates out of New York, London and Bahrain. He began his banking career in 1969, and following two years of internal credit training, he covered South East Asia and Japan for Allied Bank International in New York. In 1974, he joined Chase Manhattan Bank as vice president and, between 1976 and 1981, he was posted to the Middle East to direct Chase’s activities in the Gulf. Investcorp acts as a principal and an intermediary in international investment transactions with a focus on private equity investing, including corporate investment in North America and Western Europe, global asset management, real estate investment in the United States and technology investment in North America and Western Europe. Investcorp’s current staff of over 300 is drawn from 30 nationalities and includes 180 people at the level of professional and above. Mr. Kirdar graduated in Economics from the University of the Pacific in California and holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Senior Management Program. He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.; a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Pacific, California and an honorary Doctor of Economics degree from Richmond, the American International University in London.

Rami G. Khouri
Rami George Khouri is editor-at-large and former execu­tive editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune. An internationally syn­dicated political columnist and book author, he is also the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He spent the 2001-02 academic year as a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University and was appointed a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. He is a research associate at the Program on the Analysis and Reso­lution of Conflict at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, a fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs in Je­rusalem, and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves on the board of the East-West Institute, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, and the Jordan National Museum. He was editor in chief of the Jordan Times for sev­en years and for 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba Publishers in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian Minis­try of Tourism on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Ra­dio Jordan, and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media. He received a B.A. in Political Science and M.Sc. in Mass Communica­tions from Syracuse University.

Atta-ur-Rahman
Atta-ur-Rahman was the federal minister for science and technology in Pakistan in 2002. He is now the coordinator general of COMSTECH, an OIC ministerial committee, and is federal minister/chairman of the Higher Education Commission and adviser to the prime minister on science and technology. Atta-ur-Rahman is also the president of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and the Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries (NASIC). Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman is the first scientist from the Muslim world to have won the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize in 1999. The Government of Pakistan has conferred on him four civil awards, including Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (1983), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (1991), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (1998) and the highest national civil award Nishan-i-Imtiaz (2002). He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in July 2006. Other national and international prizes and awards include the FPCCI Prize for Technological Innovation (1985), the Best Scientist of the Year Award from the Government of Pakistan (1986), the Islamic Organization Prize from the Government of Kuwait (1988), first prize at the 6th Khwrazmi Festival from the President of Iran (1993), the Prime Minister’s Gold Medal and Pakistan Academy of Sciences-INFAQ Foundation Prize in Science (1995), the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies Award (Hiroshima, Japan, 1997), the ECO Prize (2000) and the ISESCO Prize (2001). Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman obtained his Ph.D. from Cambridge University (1968) and was later honored as a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.). He has been widely published in several fields of organic chemistry, including 480 research publications, 15 patents, 93 books and 59 chapters in books published by major U.S. and European presses.

Ismail Serageldin
Ismail Serageldin is the director of the Library of Alexandria. He also chairs the boards of directors for each of the Library’s affiliated research institutes and museums. He serves as chair and member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts which include the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is former chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994-2000), founder and former chairman of the Global Water Partnership (GWP, 1996-2000) and of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a microfinance program (1995-2000) and was Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Dr. Serageldin has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (1992-1998), and for Special Programs (1998-2000). He has published over 50 books and monographs and over 200 papers on a variety of topics including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has received 21 honorary doctorates.

Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria was named editor of Newsweek International in October 2000, overseeing all Newsweek editions abroad. The magazine reaches an audience of 24 million worldwide. He also writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and fortnightly in the Washington Post. Earlier this year, Zakaria began hosting a new foreign affairs show on CNN Worldwide. Zakaria was the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, the widely-circulated journal of international politics and economics. He is the author of several books, including The Future of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. His new book, The Post American World, was published in May 2008. Zakaria has won several awards for his columns and cover-essays, in particular for his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, "Why They Hate Us." In 1999, he was named "one of the 21 most important people of the 21st Century" by Esquire magazine. In 2007, he was named one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. He has received honorary degrees from many universities. He serves on the board of Yale University, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, and Shakespeare and Company. He received a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.