Event Location: 
Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, Kuwait
Event Date: 
10-11 December 2019
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Dr. Samira Omar

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Dr. Samira Omar
Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
Speaker 2019


Employer: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) since 1973.


  • Director General/Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR 2016-present).
  • Program Director, Management and Supervision of Kuwait Environmental Remediation Program, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR 2011-2014).
  • Division Director/Food Resources and Marine Sciences Division (KISR 2000-2010).
  • Department Manager/Agro-production Department (KISR 1986-1988).

Work experience

  • Thirty-seven years of Research & Development (R&D) managerial and technical experience in conservation and sustainable development of renewable natural resources
  • Led and managed 27 contractual research projects relating to the following areas: Monitoring and assessment of terrestrial environments, establishment of protected areas, rangeland management, control of mobile sand, rehabilitation of degraded rangelands, agriculture master planning, soil survey, GIS application, livestock aerial census, sustainable land-use planning and environmental claims
  • Managed and directed three program elements at KISR: Biotechnology & Food, Fisheries & Marine sciences, and Aridland Agriculture.  Supervising annually 40-45 contractual and KISR funded research projects
  • Advisor and consultant to many local, regional and international organizations
  • United Nations consulting work experience on environment and agriculture (UNDP, UNEP, UNCC, IUCN, ACSAD, ICARDA)
  • Academic experience-Lecturer and local advisor to Ph.D and M.S student programs
  • Active environment advocate and women issues in non-governmental organizations (NGO)