Patrick N. Theros
Ambassador to Qatar

Patrick Nikolas Theros, U.S. Ambassador to the State of Qatar, was confirmed by the Senate on October 19, 1995. He presented his credentials to the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani on November 12, 1995, succeeding Ambassador Kenton Keith. Ambassador Theros previously served as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, responsible for the coordination of all U.S. Government counterterrorism activities outside the United States.

Ambassador Theros has held such positions as Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief, Central Command; Deputy Chief of Mission and Political officer in Amman; Charge d'affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi; and Economic Counselor in Damascus. In a career spanning almost 34 years, he also has served in diplomatic positions in Beirut, Managua, Dharan and Abu Dhabi, as well as in the Department of State. During that period, he earned four Superior Honor Awards. In 1990, he was accorded the personal rank of Minister Counselor. In 1992 he received both the President's Meritorious Service Award for career officials and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.

Ambassador Theros was born in 1941 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended public schools in Michigan, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. He graduated from Georgetown Univeristy's School of Foreign Service in 1963 and has done advanced study at the American University in Washington, DC, and the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Greek.

Ambassador Theros is married to the former Aspasia Pahigiannis. They have one son and two daughters.

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