Tareq Omairi, PhD, PMP, FHEA
The Learning & Development Scientist
Dr. Tareq Omairi is a champion of multilateral, multidisciplinary learning and Development initiatives. Combining the experience of working in the scientific, humanitarian, and international relations sectors, to lead synergetic training initiatives where multifaceted collaboration is key.
Born in Glasgow, United Kingdom, then moving to train in the Middle East, Tareq started his professional career as a scientist and University Lecturer, later returning to the UK and having his Ph.D. in Astrobiology at the University of Sheffield. Early on, he realized the challenges of facilitating learning when multilateral, multidisciplinary groups work together. This made him create a program “Leadership Development Day”, targeting the 2700 researchers and post-graduates, which won him the award of the 2017 best Academic Activity at the University of Sheffield. As he was hired by the University’s Research & Innovation department, Tareq realized the profound divide between the communities of practice, and the challenges for facilitating learning programs aiming to overcome disciplines, cultures, and borders, and decided to dedicate his career to build bridges between them.
Proving that learning and Development should transcend sectors, Tareq 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 the International Donors, to create learning & development programs for the identification of the missing from mass-graves and conflict. Later, Tareq moved to The Hague, Netherlands, where he is currently working in 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.
Dr. Omairi is a certified Project Manager (PMP), and a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is currently based in The Hague, Netherlands.
He has received many 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 the Worldwide Universities Network.