Tareq Omairi, PhD, PMP, FHEA

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The Learning & Development Scientist 

With the insight of working in four continents, experience in collaborating with policy-makers, security experts, and scientists, I bring the approach of facilitating multilateral, multidisciplinary collaboration initiatives. Combining the experience of working in the scientific, humanitarian, and international relations sectors, to lead synergetic initiatives where multifaceted collaboration is key.

​Born in Glasgow, United Kingdom, I moved and trained in the Middle East, I started my professional career as a scientist and University Lecturer, later returning to the UK and had my Ph.D. in Astrobiology at the University of Sheffield. Later, I joined the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) operating in high-risk areas, such as Mosul and Sinjar (Iraq), to work with state officials, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and International Donors, to create learning & development programs for the identification of the missing from mass-graves and conflict. Later, I moved to The Hague, Netherlands, where I established the foundation for the creation of the Wim Kok Centre for Excellence and Learning, in the ICMP, on L&D programs to support the organization's missions globally in areas such as Colombia, Mexico, Western Balkans, and the Middle East.

Currently, I work in Cairo, Egypt, for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as an Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, working on a portfolio of projects in MENA that span from Morocco to Iraq, strengthening the forensic capacities of the authorities to combat threats of organized crime and terrorism.

​I am a certified Project Manager (PMP), and a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I received several awards and fellowships, including two conference awards from NASA, Santander Bank Group, The Golden Medal of Excellence from the Ministery of Higher Education in Iraq, and a research collaboration grant from the Worldwide Universities Network.