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Omar Qirem

Omar Qirem

Omar is chief executive officer of Edelman’s operations in the Middle East.

Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Omar has two decades of communications experience in the British government, as well as agency and corporate roles in the Middle East. He has provided communications council for private-sector campaigns, major government initiatives, B2B marketing and and reputation management for companies, CEOs and senior government ministers.

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

Prior to Abdul Latif Jameel, Omar was director of Edelman Saudi Arabia from 2012-16, and was responsible for public affairs and crisis across the Middle East. During this time, he advised clients including UAE and Saudi Arabian government entities, a global energy business and private sector clients.

Omar is a politics and history graduate and is the youngest ever person to be a British government spokesman.