Chief of European Affairs

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H.E. Mr.Ahmed Ebrahim Al Qarainees

Chief of European Affairs

  • [2007-2008] Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent in Brussels
    MA, in Political Strategy and Communication
    · Thesis on “The Strategy and Communication of Radical Islamic Movements in Western Europe”
  • [2003-2007] Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland
    BA, Bachelor of Arts with Double Major in International Relations and International Economics
    · Thesis on “The Political and Economic Stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain”
  • [1989-2003] St. Christopher's School, Isa Town, Bahrain
    GCSEs and AS-levels
    · Eleven GCSE’s Including English, Arabic, French, German, English Literature, Economics, Math and History. AS levels in Economics, History, English and Psychology.
Work Experience
  • [2021] Chief of European Affairs
  • [2020] Ministry of Foreign Affairs - MoFA
    Chief Political Analyst – Office of the Undersecretary of International Affairs
    With the direction of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Undersecretary of International Affairs; In charge of the implementation of the Abraham Accords with Israel by coordinating between local entities and ministries, the US Embassy in Manama and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    · Party to bilateral and multilateral meetings of the Undersecretary of International Affairs, with entities spanning from UN organizations to local embassies, covering topics from regional security to climate change.
    · Construction of an internal follow-up IT system to cover all bilateral relations through a unified database.
  • [2014-2020] Supreme Council for Youth and Sports - SCYS
    Office of the General Secretary of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports
    · In charge of the international affairs of the office of the General Secretary, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. And for his other capacity as the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA Vice President.
    · Managing and delivering the President’s projects with international stakeholders to advance grass roots football.
    · Negotiate and secure contracts for commercial rights and sponsorships for the President’s initiatives and programs.
  • [2015-2016] FIFA Presidential Campaign – Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa – AFC President
    Campaign Manager
    · In charge of the team tasked to gain internal support from over 200-member countries in 6 continental organizations. With the leadership of Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, visits were conducted in all continents to share his vision for the future of FIFA and Global Football.
    · Constructed with Shaikh Salman the platform the campaign would be run on. Consequently, composing an international campaign strategy.
  • [2015] Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister - OFDPM
    Research Fellow – 1st Fellowship Program - Secondment
    · Conduct research on various international and domestic topics, in turn delivering various products including policy recommendations, benchmarking studies as well as situation briefs. Working within a team of fourteen fellows, selected from over 500 professionals in the public sector.
    · Research conducted to aid the political advisor to HRH the Crown Prince of Bahrain during his visit to the United States, United Kingdom and India.
    · Took part in policy recommendations to restructure the government subsidy program to reach fiscal targets, in light of the international declining oil prices, at the time.
  • [2012-2014] Bahrain Olympic Committee - BOC
    Manager – International Affairs
    · Directly reporting to the General Secretary, overseeing a team of 5, facilitating and creating outputs to put Bahrain and its athletes on the international stage. Working with partners in the international Olympic movement specifically the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic council of Asia (OCA) and Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC)
    · Constructed the department, after BOC’s refreshed mandate in 2012 and increase in budget, including interviewing and recruiting three new employees, with relevant backgrounds to share the vision of the BOC’s future on the international stage. Bahrain won its first Gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
    Relevant meetings and events
    - Sochi, Russia – 2014 Winter Paralympics, March 2014 – Observer
    - Manama, Bahrain – OCA / Olympic Solidarity Regional Forum, March 2014 – Presenter
    - Cologne, Germany – FIBO, Trade fair for Fitness, Wellness and Health, April 2013
    - Colombo, Sri Lanka – OCA Regional Forum, March 2013
    - Lausanne, Switzerland – ANOC General Assembly, June 2013
    - Macau, China – 2012 Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly, November 2012
    - Quebec, Canada – SportAccord International Convention, May 2012 – Exhibitor
  • [2008 -2012] Bahrain Defence Force - BDF
    Department of Foreign Relations and Military Cooperation - Civillian
    · Assistant to head (Colonel) of Non-Arab Countries branch, overseeing up to 13 staff, organizing annual meetings such as the PMR and MCC conferences. Responsible for communications encompassing policy recommendations and directives, to and from BDF, NATO, the US 5th Fleet and Defense Attachés in the region.
    · Was the focal point of contact for Non-Arab countries, requiring skills in diplomacy to communicate between both parties effectively.
    · Created briefs and presented the outcomes of the bilateral meetings between the Bahraini and US/British counterparts from all Service branches.
  • [2012-2013] World Academy of Sport – Manchester, United Kingdom
    Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Management; World Academy of Sport in Cooperation with the Bahrain Olympic Committee
    · Designed to provide the relevant tools and skills to excel in the burgeoning sports sector through the study of strategic planning and operations management training. Furthermore, through the development of utilizing tools of marketing and sponsorship with a solid foundation of management and finance accounting.
  • [2012] Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) – Seef, Bahrain
    Result Based Management Training; BIPA in Cooperation with the United Nations Development Program.
    · Training in the articulation of strategies and recognition of key stakeholders within the context of threats and risks.
    · Courses covering 5 topics: Mental Maps, Creative Business Problem Solving, Presentation & Public Speaking Skills, High Performance Team Building and Personal Initiative Development.
Volunteer Activities
  • [2009] Bahrain’s Foreign Policy and Gulf Security- Lugano, Switzerland
    Guest Speaker – Franklin University – Lugano, Switzerland
    · Invited to present and lead a discussion for undergraduate students of the department of Political Science at Franklin University Switzerland. An unofficial point of view of Bahrain and its foreign policy concerns was discussed. Proceedings were moderated by Dr. Morris Mottle and Dr. Melvin Schlein.
  • [2007-2008] The Euroarab Forum – Brussels, Belgium
    · Active member of the forum contributing to discussions and lectures attended by Ahmad Masa’deb, (Ambassador of Jordan to Brussels) and Dr. Traugott Schoefthaler, (Secretary-General of the German Commission for UNESCO. From 1993-2004) seeking to create outputs in the form of new innovative ideas, in policy recommendations and strategies for current world scenarios, by creating and analyzing alternatives to the “Clash of Civilizations”.
  • Arabic: Fluent
  • English: Fluent
  • Greek: Fluent
  • German: Intermediate
  • Italian: Intermediate
  • French: Basic

  • Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani



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