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Omar Qirem

Omar Qirem

Omar Qirem is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Edelman Middle East and Chairman of PRCA MENA.

Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Omar has 20 years experience in communications. He spent more than a decade in government communications advising numerous ministers, and was the spokesman for the British Royal Navy, Department of Trade & Industry, Department of Education, Ministry of Housing, and the Department of Health. During this time he was involved in something of the biggest issues facing the government of the day, including education and health reforms, the collapse of British car market MG Rover during a general election, and the 2008 financial crash.

In the Middle East, Omar has advised senior executives from the Saudi Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, Mubadala, and the Public Investment Fund. He has also advised international companies on public affairs and public policy in the Middle East, including UPS, Facebook, and KFC.

Omar re-joined Edelman in 2018 from Saudi Arabian family business Abdul Latif Jameel where he was Director of Communications. In this role, he was responsible for international communications for the $13bn business covering 30 countries and 16,000 staff across multiple sectors such as automotive, energy, land, and investments.

Omar has been recognized as one of the top 50 communication professionals in the Middle East two years in a row by PR Week.

A Politics and History graduate, Omar is the youngest ever person to be a British government spokesman at the age of 21.