Since the early 1960s, Mr. Al-Hamad has been highly active in promoting economic and social development, particularly in the Arab world. In this capacity, Mr. Al-Hamad has held several important posts. Mr. Al-Hamad has also served on numerous commissions and boards, including: the Brandt Commission; Deputy Chairman of the International Institute for Environment and Development; Member and Chairman, United Nations Committee for Development Planning; Member of the South Commission; Member of the Commission on Global Governance 1992; Chairman, Development Committee Task Force on Multilateral Development Banks; Member of the International Finance Corporation Banking Advisory Board Group; Member of the Board of Directors of BlackRock; and Member of the Board of the Kuwait Investment Authority. Currently, Mr. Al-Hamad is Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development; and Trustee, Arab Planning Institute. Mr. Al-Hamad received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont College and master’s degree from the Harvard International Affairs Program.