Chairman and Managing Director


His Excellency Ahmad Al-Sayed is the Minister of State and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Free Zones Authority, Qatar. HE Al-Sayed is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Doha Venture Capital Fund (DVC), Board Member of Qatar Development Bank and Board Member Msheireb Properties.

Free Zones Authority is established to regulate and promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Qatar and working to make Qatar a Global business hub.

His Excellency Al-Sayed served as Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Holding, where he played a critical role to build, oversee and manage Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund. During his tenure, he executed mega deals such as the QIA/QH’s investment in Credit Suisse, engineered the Merger of VW and Porsche as well as Xstrata and Glencore, the take-over of Songbird and Canary Warf Group, and the acquisition of Harrods Group, Iberdrola Energy, Tiffany, Heathrow Airport and others.

Prior to QIA, His Excellency Al-Sayed held key roles in various local and international institutions, including the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment. He has also served as board member for different local and international companies like Qatar National Bank, Canary Wharf Group and Volkswagen Group, Vice Chairman of Qatar Exchange and Executive Chairman of Harrods LHD.

His Excellency Al-Sayed holds his MBA with Trium Global (from LSE, NYU Stern, HEC Paris), and a Master of International Banking & Financial Law from Boston University, and an LLB from Qatar University. He was awarded an Honorary Degree (DLitt) in July 2019 of Swansea University, United Kingdom.