Omran’s Board of Directors comprise of representatives from various Government sectors and provide complete backing to the company in carrying out its ambitions to augment the tourism sector in the Sultanate.
H.E. Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi
Deputy Chairman of The Supreme Council for Planning, Minister of Commerce & Industry
H.E. Ali bin Masoud Al-Sunaidi is a PHD holder in Economics from University of Hull, UK. He is also have M.Sc. in Management from Bristol University, UK. He gained his Bachelor in Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, USA in 1988. He has held a number of senior positions in the government sector during the last two decades including Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry during 1996-2004. After that he held the position of Minister of Sports Affairs and Chairman of Oman Olympics Committee from 2004 to 2012. Following the Royal Decree 11/2012 regarding restructures to the Council of Ministers, H.E. was appointed as the Minister of Commerce and Industry. Prior to his current position, H.E. worked in a number of other positions including, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Public Establishment for Industrial Estates, Chairman of the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), Chairman of the Board of Directors for Oman Cement Company SAOG, a member of the tender board, the Public Authority for Social Insurance, and founding member of the National Information Technology Committee. In addition to his current position, HE Dr. Al-Sunaidi, is also Chairman of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), Chairman of General Authority for SME and Chairman of the Raffd Foundation.
H.E. Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi
Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs
His Excellency is the Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs and Deputy Chairman of Omran.He started his career in 1974, working in several positions in the Government sector. During 1995-2006, he worked as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance. He then gained experience working as the Secretary General of the Ministry up to March 2011, before being appointed as the Minister responsible for Financial Affairs following the issuance of the Royal Decree 31/2011 regarding restructuring the Council of Ministers. In addition to his current position and responsibilities at the Ministry of Finance and on the board of Omran, H.E. holds a number of other positions including being the Chairman of Board of Directors of Oman Housing Bank and Oman Air.
H.E. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi
Minister of Tourism
Born in the Wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi, H.E. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi holds a BA degree in International Relations, from the esteemed Mohammed V University in Morocco, which was conferred upon him in 1988. He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs holding several positions until 2000, when he was assigned as Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. Within a decade, His Excellency travelled the world as Ambassador of the Sultanate to a number of countries such as Ghana, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Niger, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, France, as well as the Portuguese Republic. In 2012, he was appointed as the Minister of Tourism in accordance to the Royal Decree 11/2012. In addition to his responsibilities at the Ministry, he is also the Chairman of Salalah Port Service, Chairman of Salalah Free Zone Company, Board member in Oman Investment Fund (OIF), and Board member in Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran).
H.E. Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Shabibi
Minister of Housing
H.E. Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Shabibi was born in Al-Mussanah. He graduated with BA of Arts in History and Public Administration and has been an active participant within the public sector. With more than four decades of experience, he worked in a number of positions ranging from General Manager to Undersecretary within the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Transport and Housing, Ministry of Housing, Electricity and Water. His Excellency holds the position of Minister of Housing since 2007, in accordance with the Royal Decree 94/2007.As part of his responsibilities, he also participates in the meetings of Council of Ministers, He is also a board member of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran).
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi
Minister of Transport & Communications
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi was born in Shinas and he is a holder of PHD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 2000.A holder of a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 1994, he is also an alumnus of Cornell University, where he received a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1997. Throughout his career, he has received a number of accolades for his performance and business acumen. He worked as Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University- College of Engineering, department of Civil and Architectural Engineering imparting his knowledge to the Omani youth. He then worked as an Associate Professor at the same department between 2010-2011. He was appointed as the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications in accordance with the Royal Decree 31/2011. Dr Al-Futaisi is a member of American Geospatial Union (AGU), and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He published a number of studies and research projects locally and internationally. In addition to his current position, HE Ahmed Al-Futaisi is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Information Technology, and the General Authority for Civil Aviation. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman Shipping Company, and a member of the Board of Directors of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran).
H.E. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi
Chairman of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water
H.E. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi graduated from the Economics College of King Saud University. He holds MA in International Business Administration from University of Bristol, UK in 1998. HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Mahrouqi is the Chairman of the Public Authority for Electricity and Water since 2007. Prior to his current position, His Excellencyheld a number of significant positions including CEO of Electricity Holding Company, and the CEO of Oman Water and Power Procurement Company. He also undertook a number of crucial responsibilities previously in the Ministry of National Economy. H.E. participated in a number of projects in Oman including restructuring, regulation and privatization of the electricity and the related water sector, privatization of the airports and regulation and privatization of Telecommunication sector. He has also represented the Government in a number of Companies’ councils. In addition to his position, he is the Chairman of Electricity Holding Company – a wholly state owned company which holds Government interests in nine subsidiaries in the private and public sectors. HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Mahrouqi is also a board member of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran).
Sheikh Usama bin Ali Al Khalili
MD & CEO of Zawaya Contractors
Usama Ali Abdullah Al Khalili is an example of a true Omani entrepreneur and real estate development facilitator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University and began his career with the Muscat Municipality. Following this stint, he founded the Zawaya Group, where he sits as the Managing Director and CEO. He also spearheaded a number of real estate related investments which enabled him to acquire a holistic knowledge about the sector and its functions. During his career Usama has also founded Muscat Lighting and Delight Electromechanical Contracting and was the co-founder and Managing Director of Delight Group of Companies.
Sheikh Walid bin Khamis Al Hashar
Group General Manager at Bank Muscat
Sheikh Walid Al Hashar is a veteran of the Banking and Oil & Gas sector in the Sultanate having spent 23 years with varied organisations in the Government and private sector in diverse roles. As Group General Manager at Bank Muscat, he heads the Corporate Services division and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Oman Post Company SAOC, Gulf Hotels Company SAOG, the Council for the College of Banking and Financial Studies as well as Omran. Prior to his stint with Bank Muscat, Waleed Al Hashar held a number of senior positions in HSBC Oman, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Petroleum Development Oman, among others. He holds a postgraduate diploma in General Management from Harvard Business School and is also a recipient of BSc and MBA degrees from the California State University in Sacramento, USA.