H.E Dr Abdulatif bin Rashid Al Zayani​

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf

His Excellency Dr Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani has been Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf since 1st April 2011.

His Excellency was appointed Adviser to the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the rank of Minister on 10th June 2010. He was Chairman of the Joint Steering Committee between Bahrain and the United Kingdom and Chairman of the Development and Regulation Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the Bahrain Defence Force, he served in the 1st Royal Mechanized Battalion, the Royal Air Defence, and the Royal Bahraini Air Force. He was Director of Planning and Organizations, Director of Joint Operations, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations in charge of joint operations, plans, training, force development, and command and control.

On 2nd June 2004, H.E transferred from the Bahrain Defence Force to the Ministry of the Interior to become Chief of Public Security. His responsible included commanding and modernizing the Police Force, Special Forces, the Coastguard and the Civil Defence and Fire Service. Dr Al Zayani was responsible for all aspects of security and safety within the Kingdom. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 2010.

He had received his commission as an officer within the Bahrain Defence Force in 1973, after graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK.

He is a graduate of the Aeronautical Engineering programme, Perth, Scotland, 1978. He holds a master’s degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio in 1980 and a PhD in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1986. He undertook a Command and General Staff course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1988 and received the sword of honour along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army; and the Leaders in Development Program, Harvard University, USA, 2008.

His Excellency Dr Al Zayani has been a professor in “Mathematics and Statistics” at the University of Maryland, Bahrain and a professor in ” Quantitative Methods” at the University of Bahrain. Dr Al Zayani taught statistics, quantitative methods and total quality management at the Arabian Gulf University where he supervised many students.

H.E has received several Awards and Decorations namely; Efficiency Medal 2nd Class, Military Assessment Medal 1st Class, Bahrain Medal 3rd Grade, Shaikh Isa Medal 3rd Grade, Bahrain Medal 2nd Grade, Military Duty Medal, Hawar Medal 1st Grade, Liberation of Kuwait Medal 2nd Grade, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Security Medal for Devotion to Duty 1st Class, Bahrain Medal 1st Grade, Sword of Honor along with the title of Master Logistician from the US Army and the International Police Leadership Award NPIA 2010 (United Kingdom).