Mr. Samer R. Frangieh

Senior Advisor for Strategy and Performance, Qatar Fund for Development

Samer R. Frangieh is an advisor on international development and sustainability, working in government administration and the private sector for over 12 years. From 2014, he serves as a political advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar – mainly focusing on international trade, and bilateral aid and development. Since joining the foreign office, Samer has been working on establishing Qatar Fund for Development, where he currently manages its Strategy and Performance Department.
From 2011-2014, he served as a senior advisor to the Chairman of Qatar National Food Security Programme (QNFSP) and operated as the acting manager of its Economics Department in 2012. He was part
of Qatar’s national negotiation team that organized for hosting the 18th session of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP18) that was held in Doha in 2012, and co- represented Qatar in multiple international organizations and treaties including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Global Green Growth Forum (GGGF), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Before that, he worked as a project manager for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) department at Qatar’s Ministry of Business and Trade, and established several IT startups in Qatar and the region.
Samer was part of delivering multiple government initiatives and projects to date, including the establishment of Qatar’s Small and Medium Enterprise Authority (Enterprise Qatar), the establishment of the Global Dryland Alliance (GDA), and the establishment of Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). In addition, he was part of the team that delivered Qatar’s National Food Security Masterplan, and the team that operated Qatar Friendship Fund-Japan, including the implementation of over 12 projects in the coastal areas that were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Samer was also part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) technical team that led the effort of including national “Economic Diversification” plans as mitigation actions in the Paris Agreement.
His academic background spans sustainable development, international affairs, entrepreneurship, and telecom engineering, with a Master of Science (MSc.) in Sustainable Urban Development from University of Oxford (UK), a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Computer Communication Engineering from Notre Dame University (Lebanon), a diploma in Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University (Qatar), and a diploma in Front Line Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management (UK).