Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and member of the Council of Ministers in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He was born in February 1st 1962 at Almajmaah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia .
He attended schools in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Yemen, Lebanon and the U.S Bachelor degree in political science and economics from the University of North Texas in 1982, and an Master degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 1984. In 2006, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of North Texas.
His Political career
In 1987, he was appointed into the Saudi Diplomatic Service and posted to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC, where he served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
His Diplomatic career
On 29 January 2007 Al-Jubeir was appointed as Saudi Ambassador to the United States of America with the rank of Minister. As ambassador, Al-Jubeir focused on strengthening the bilateral relationship by building ties across government departments in both countries. Another key area of focus was the welfare of Saudi citizens living in the United States. Other issues of focus included counter-terrorism, regional peace and security, bilateral trade, cultural exchange and interfaith dialogue. Prior to becoming ambassador, he was instrumental in establishing and maintaining the U.S.-Saudi Strategic Dialogue, which was initiated by King Abdullah and President Bush as a means to institutionalize relations between the two nations and deepen coordination on strategic, political and economic issues.
As Ambassador Al-Jubeir frequently to the Kingdom for consultations with the King and other senior Saudi officials. He was regularly seen with King Abdullah in meetings with world leaders and accompanied King Abdullah on many state visits including Oman, China, India, Pakistan,Malaysia in 2006, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt in 2007, the G20 London Summit and Doha Arab Summit in 2009 and G20 Toronto Summit in 2010.
- 2002 – Person of the Week by the Time.
- 2006 – Alumnus Award from the University of North Texas.
- 2006 – Honorary Doctor Degree in Humane Letters from the University of North Texas.
- 2007 – Commendatore a Sue Eccellenza from Giorgio Napolitano, the then-President of Italy.
- 2009 – Ambassador of the Year award from the US-Arab Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to Saudi-American relations.
- 2011 – Diplomatic Achievement Award from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
By: Haitham M Althenyan
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia