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Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani
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Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Assumed office
1 April 2011
Preceded by Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah
Personal details
Born Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain
Nationality Bahraini
Alma mater Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Occupation Military officer; University professor
Religion Islam
Military service
Rank Lieutenant General

Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani (About this sound pronunciation  ahb-dool-ah-TEEF ahl zah-YAH-nee[needs IPA]


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Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Zayani was born in Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain.[1] He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom.[2] He is also a graduate of the aeronautical engineering program, Perth Scotland (1978).[1] He received a master's degree in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, in 1980.[2] He also received a PhD in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1986.[2] He attended command and general staff courses in Fort Leavenworth Kansas in 1988 and received the sword of honor along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army.[2] Later, he attended leaders in development program at Harvard University in 2008.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Zayani had work experience in Bahraini defence forces, in ministerial posts as well as in university. He became a commissioned officer in the Bahrain Defence Force in 1973.[4] His career at the Bahraini defence forces ended on 2 June 2004. Then he began to serve as the chief of public security as a major general at interior ministry in 2004.[5] He promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in 2010.[3] Next, he was appointed adviser to the minister of foreign affairs in the rank of minister on 10 June 2010.[2][6] He also worked as a lecturer at Arabian Gulf University, and as mathematics and statistics professor at the University of Maryland in Bahrain, and as a quantitative methods professor at the University of Bahrain.[1] On 1 April 2011, Zayani was appointed secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council.[4] Initially, Bahrain nominated another candidate, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Mutawa, for the post.[7][8] However, due to Qatar's strong objection to him, Zayani was later nominated by Bahrain for the post in May 2010.[9][10] Zayani replaced Abdul Rahman Al Atiyyah in the post.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "People". GULF Research Center. http://www.grc.net/?frm_system_action=&PK_ID=32770&frm_action=view_people&frm_module=usermanagement&sec=people&sec_type=d&op_lang=en&override=H.E.+Dr.+Abdullatif+Bin+Rashid++Al-Zayani. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani takes over as GCC secretary general". 1 April 2011. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Dr+Abdullatif+bin+Rashid+Al-Zayani+takes+Over+as+GCC+Secretary...-a0252986757. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "CV of Zayani". European Parliament. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/afet/dv/201/201201/20120131_gcc_secretary_general_cv_en.pdf. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Speaker Bio". CEMC. http://www.cemc.ae/SpeakerDetails.aspx?id=76&Lid=1. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. "Bahrain to host top security forum". Manama. 2 July 2008. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Bahrain+to+host+top+security+forum.-a0180891168. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  6. "HRH prince Salman receives Zayani". 21 June 2010. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/HRH+prince+Salman+receives+Zayani.-a0232686317. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  7. "Saudi Arabia to mediate in Bahrain-Qatar row". Riyadh. 27 May 2010. http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/05/27/109794.html. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. Toumi, Habib (2 November 2010). "Bahrain announces new government". http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/bahrain-announces-new-government-1.705517. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  9. "Bahrain names Al Zayani as next GCC chief". 28 May 2010. http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/bahrain-names-al-zayani-as-next-gcc-chief-1.633562. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  10. "Al Zayani is nominated as GCC secretary-general". Manama. 29 May 2010. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Al+Zayani+is+nominated+as+GCC+secretary-general.-a0227681916. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  11. "Qatar to nominate diplomat for Arab League chief". Cairo. 4 April 2011. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Qatar+to+nominate+diplomat+for+Arab+League+chief.-a0253248830. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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