Dr. Riad Hijab is the former Prime Minister of Syria and General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee.
He holds a doctorate degree in agricultural engineering. He held several positions including head of the National Union of Students at Syria's Deir ez-Zor from 1989 to 1998, he undertook serveral official positions and responsibilities from 1998 to 2008. He was appointed governor of Quneitra in 2008 until 2011.
Dr. Hijab was appointed governor of Al-Laziqiya in February 2011, then assigned to the post of Minister of Agriculture in Adel Safar's government, which was formed in April 2011. He continued in that office until the resignation of the government, when he was assigned with forming a new government in June 6th, 2012.
On the 6th of August 2012, he defected from the Syrian regime and left with his family to Jordan, where the Free Syrian Army secured his release from Daraa along with his family. In a news conference at the Jordanian capital Amman, he confirmed his voluntary defection, declaring himself a loyal and dedicated soldier of the Syrian Revolution.