In March 2000 Ambassador Patrick Nickolas Theros assumed office as the President and Executive Director of the U.S.-Qatar Business Council after a 35-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He retired on July 31, 2017. Ambassador Theros joined the Foreign Service in 1963 and, prior to being appointed Ambassador to the State of Qatar in 1995, served in a variety of positions including 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 and Commercial Counselor in Damascus. He also has served in diplomatic positions in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Nicaragua as well as in the Department of State. Immediately before his appointment to Qatar Ambassador Theros served as Deputy Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism, responsible for the coordination of all U.S. Government counter-terrorism activities outside the United States. In 1990, he was accorded the personal rank of Minister Counselor.
The Senate confirmed Mr. Theros as Ambassador to the State of Qatar 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.
In 1992 Ambassador Theros was awarded the President’s Meritorious Service Award for career officials and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. He also earned four Superior Honor Awards over the course of his career. The Emir of Qatar awarded him the Qatar Order of Merit in 1998. In 1999, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Diodoros I, inducted Ambassador Theros into the Order of the Holy Sepulcher.
Upon retiring from the Foreign Service in December 1998, Ambassador Theros has engaged in a number of private sector initiatives and serves on the Boards of several businesses and charitable and educational institutions, including Qatar Foundation International.
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 University’s School of Foreign Service in 1963 and has done advanced study at the American University in Washington, DC, and the Universidad Centro Americana in Managua. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Greek.
Ambassador Theros is married to the former Aspasia Pahigiannis. They have one son and two daughters.