Panelist

Ambassador Patrick N. Theros

U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) to Qatar
Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Patrick Nickolas Theros retired as president of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council in July. He had joined the Council in March 2000 after a 36-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He joined the Foreign Service in 1963. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the State of Qatar in 1995, he served as 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 Department of State, political advisor to the Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command as well as earlier assignments in Saudi Arabia, Nicargaua 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 & Theors, LLP, a consulting firm.

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 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem honored him 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.

He is a member of the Middle East Policy Council, Council of Foreign Relations, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Arab American Bankers Association of America, Institute of Foreign Affairs, Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs, American Academy of Diplomacy and Churches for Middle East Peace. He is also representative to USA of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew.

Born in 1941 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1963 and has done advanced studies at the American University in Washington, D.C., the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua, the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.