Ambassador Patrick Nickolas Theros retired as President of the US-Qatar Business Council July 31, 2017. He had joined the Council in March 2000 after a 36-year career in the United States Foreign Service.
Ambassador Theros joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and, prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the State of Qatar in 1995, served in a variety of positions including Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief Central Command; Deputy Chief of Mission and Political Officer in Amman; and Charge d’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi; Economic and Commercial Counselor in Damascus.
He also served as the Director of Politico-Military Affairs at the US Department of State and later as Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief of US Central Command as well as earlier assignments in Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua and Lebanon.
Before his appointment to Qatar in 1995, Ambassador Theros served as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, responsible for the coordination of all U.S. Government counterterrorism activities outside the United States. He currently manages Theros & Theros, LLP a boutique consulting firm which advises clients in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He also serves as Strategic Advisor to the Gulf International Forum, a newly-created DC think tank with a mission to bring a credible and unbiased discussion of issues pertaining to the Gulf Region to Washington.
During his career, he earned four Superior Honor Awards. In 1990, he was accorded the personal rank of Minister Counselor. In 1992, he received both the President’s Meritorious Service Award for career officials and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem honored Ambassador Theros with the honor of Knight Commander Order of the Holy Sepulcher. In 1999 His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah Al-Thani awarded Ambassador Theros Qatar’s Order of Merit.
He speaks Spanish, Arabic and Greek fluently.
Ambassador Theros was born in 1941 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended public schools in Michigan, Ohio and the District of Columbia. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1963 and has done advanced studies at the American University in Washington, DC, the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua, the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, and the National Defense University in Washington, DC.