FaceOf: Ibrahim Al-Omar, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority

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May 13, 2018

  • Ibrahim Al-Omar holds a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
  • He was a former vice president of the Saudi Telecom Company.

Ibrahim Al-Omar is the governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). He was appointed in April 2017 by royal decree. He brings more than 15 years of experience to SAGIA, with a strong background in the information communications technology and logistics sectors.

Ibrahim Al-Omar holds a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He also attended the program for leadership development at Harvard Business School.

He has more than 18 years of experience in various sectors. He served in leading positions at major international telecom projects, including appointments at the Saudi Telecom Co., until he became vice president of the Saudi Telecom Company’s Business Unit, chief executive officer of VIVA Bahrain and chief alliance and partnership officer and chief development officer at Mobily.

Al-Omar is also chairman of Mideast Ship Management Limited and serves on the boards of the Saudi Railways Co., National Chemical Carriers and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited.

On Thursday, Al-Omar highlighted the economic and investment integration between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and described relations as fruitful and constructive.

Following his participation in the Gateway Gulf conference organized by the Bahrain Economic Development Board, from May 8 to 10, Al-Omar said that this year’s conference had focused on the investment opportunities offered by GCC countries.

He praised the positive role played by Bahrain in highlighting the advantages of investing in the region.

Earlier, Al-Omar said: “We are a model for the whole world in how to improve the business environment. Saudi Arabia wants to be in the top 20 countries measured by ‘ease of doing business’ by 2020.”

This article was first published in Arab News

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