Mohammed H. Barakat

Managing Director and Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Mohammed is the Managing Director and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the US-Qatar Business Council. @MBarakatDC

Mohammed works with the public and private sectors to promote new and expanded business relations between US and Qatari companies. In addition, he is involved with and directs all Council activities including programs, advisory services, market research, and member services. He also provides business and cultural advisory services to both US and Qatari companies. 

Mohammed also directs USQBC Congressional, Federal, and State programs to advance the business, investment, and trade in the US. he joined the Council in 2013.

Prior to joining the US-Qatar Business Council, he was a Business Strategy Advisor at the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (2011-2013) based in Washington, D.C., where he provided business and strategy advisory services to both US and Saudi companies across different industries to facilitate trade and investment between both countries. 

Earlier in his career, he worked in business development for a major Qatari holding group expanding their international partnership and business portfolio (2008-2011). He also worked in the United Arab Emirates as a marketing manager for a major construction and engineering group (2006-2008). 

Previously, and under different capacities, Mohammed developed strategic business plans and provided political and economic analysis, social analysis, and security analysis for several companies and organizations in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Tajikistan, Djibouti, and the United States (2004-2006). 

Mohammed was also a defense contractor for the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Mohammed holds an Advanced Business Strategy Degree from the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. he is also a Certified Microsoft Systems Engineer

Mohammed has also completed several Executive Degree programs in Marketing, Finance, and Defense Procurement.

Mohammed is a bilingual and multicultural executive residing in Washington, D.C., and is an active public speaker and radio and TV contributor. He is actively involved in the business and cultural community and is President of the American Jordanian Cultural Forum (Nashama) for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 

Mohammed, in 2021, was recognized and awarded by the US Middle East Policy Council 40 Under 40 for his over 18 years of experience working towards the advancement of the relationship between the US and countries in the Middle East and his outstanding contributions to the U.S.-Middle East relations.