H.E. Sheikh Saoud
Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Our Patron
H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Born in Doha, he completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at New Mexico State University in 1993 before going on to gain a master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Lyon. He served in the Qatar Armed Forces before becoming involved in national level sports administration positions.
His first major organisational projects came as Director General of the committees for the 2004 Gulf Cup of Nations and the 2005 West Asian Games, as well as being a committee member for the 2006 Asian Games. He became the secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Committee, president of the Qatar Basketball Federation and vice-president of the International Fencing Federation (FIE). He is a regular sportsman with particular interests in tennis, shooting sports, soccer and swimming.
Saoud Al Thani played a role in the winning of bids for Doha's first world level sports competitions including the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), the 2015 World Men's Handball Championship, 2016 UCI Road World Championships, 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships and the 2019 World Championships in Athletics (being the bid leader for the latter). These projects formed part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, a long-term government plan to develop the nation's economic and cultural wealth through the proceeds of its oil resources.
In response to criticism that Qatar had built world class sports facilities but had not delivered world class home-grown performers, he pointed to Qatar's small native population of 300,000 people, young athlete performances at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, and the comparative lack of success of larger nations, such as India. He also promotes the participation of Qatari women in sport, noting the increased investment in women's sport in the country and participation of its female athletes at the 2011 Pan Arab Games and 2012 London Olympics.
He is also a director of Amyris, a firm that specializes in renewable-based products.
Jacob Thomas Managing Director
Basically from India, is an upcoming entrepreneur in the State of Qatar, currently handling Penta Furniture Emporium as Managing Director! He has done his secondary education in USA, having completed a Diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management, from India. For the first five years of his career he expanded in learning and establishing norms in the hotel & IT industries in USA, Qatar, and India. Since 2005 he has established himself in self-employed business ventures in Qatar where he currently resides.
He is married & supported in all business activities by his loving wife Aarti Oberoi (Founder & Finance Director Birla Public School & Habibs Beauty Salon & Spa. His family is surrounded with well-known entrepreneurs from USA, Qatar, Kuwait, and India.
Jacob Thomas is also Director of:
Penta Trading Group (Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Spare parts and Maintenance) – Director Marketing
Penta Interiors & Furniture (Corporate, Restaurant, Hotels, Offices, Schools interior and fit outs) – Managing Director
His vision is to take Penta Group in to another several establishments before taking the company global.
PROFILE OF AARTI OBEROI:
Aarti is a successful businesswoman in Qatar. She is the Director of Habibs Hair & Beauty Lounge, a leading Health Spa & Salon in Doha; the Financial Director of Birla Public School; as well as the Director of Penta Furniture Emporium, Doha, a supplier of furniture for offices and educational institutions and Penta Consultancy Services in Ras Al Khaima, UAE.
Aarti has always been exposed to entrepreneurship, as she grew up in an entrepreneurs’ family, even today she shares her passion with her equally enterprising husband, Jacob Thomas. She was born in Delhi and brought up in Kuwait. Her family has been operating as the first expatriate Industrialist House in Kuwait since 50 years. She has two sisters, Charu Oberoi & Geetika Oberoi and an entrepreneur brother, Chirag Oberoi, handling all family business in Kuwait. Their family deals in manufacturing of potato chips and also owns the following companies: KBC, KITCO and similar set-ups in Houston/Texas, USA.