Senior Fellow for Economic Issues & Chief Operating Officer
Ahmed Helal joined the Qatar-America Institute from the Qatari Ministry of Finance, where he was an Economic Analyst and served as Office Director (Chief of Staff) to the Deputy Undersecretary for Financial Affairs. In that role, he managed the relationship between the government and credit rating agencies and oversaw policy coordination between the core functions of the ministry. In 2015, Ahmed led the establishment of an Economic and Investment Dialogue (EID) between the United States and Qatar, which has strengthened bilateral ties and paved the way for important agreements to cooperate on key economic priorities. The EID has since been elevated into an annual Strategic Dialogue between Qatar and the U.S.
Ahmed came to the Ministry of Finance after completing graduate studies at Columbia University. While at Columbia, Ahmed was a member of the speechwriting team of the United Nations President of the General Assembly (PGA), where he also assisted the PGA’s office on communication between UN member states. Prior to graduate school, Ahmed spent two years as a policy analyst on a national food security task force led by the Qatari Heir Apparent, managing in-depth research into the policy gaps facing Qatar’s food and water governance frameworks.
Ahmed holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and is a 2009 graduate of Georgetown University. He is fluent in Arabic.