Dr. Omar Al-Attas

Head of Environmental Protection and Regeneration, Red Sea Global


As the Head of Environmental Protection and Regeneration for Red Sea Global (RSG), Dr. 
Omar is focused on leading Environmental Sustainability functions, providing technical and 
managerial expertise, and overseeing the operations and execution of key core services and 
support functions in the field of environmental protection and enhancement.

A Board member of the National Center for Waste Management and the General Organization 
For the Conservation of Coral Reefs and Turtles in the Red Sea, Dr. Omar is a passionate 
environmentalist with extensive experience in management and operations. His focus is to 
develop and lead collaboratively the implementation of environmental and sustainable 
strategies, programs, and action plans to ensure an environmental regenerative approach for 
the RSG's Project.

Dr. Omar's professional career began as a professor in the Civil and Environmental 
Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM). In 2017,
his career shifted to environmental protection when he took up the position of Assistant Vice 
President for Environmental Affairs at The General Authority of Meteorology and 
Environmental Protection (GAMEP). His role was to ensure effective management and 
operations to better meet the strategic goals as well as the oversight of key initiatives and 

In 2019, he was promoted to be the Vice President for Environmental Affairs at GAMEP and 
appointed Chairman of The Permanent Committee for the Protection of Coastal Areas. During 
his five years at the Authority, Dr. Omar simultaneously took up the mantle of General 
Supervisor of the Saudi National Ozone Unit (NOU) and the National Focal Point. He was also 
a Board member of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center and General Supervisor of the coastal 
zones rehabilitation projects within the United Nations compensation program for the effects 
of the Gulf War. Additionally, he was a representative within the Kingdom's delegation at the 
meeting of the World Maritime Organization (the International Fund for Oil Pollution 
Compensation), the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and the 
United Nations Environment General Assembly (UNEA). 

Prior to joining TRSDC, Dr. Omar was Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at the
National Center for Environmental Compliance (NCEC) in 2020, where he was directly 
responsible for overseeing the strategy, quality management and operational excellence 
department as well as indirect oversight of the center's other departments. 

Dr. Omar obtained a bachelor's degree of Science in Civil Engineering from KFUPM in 2000 
and went on to achieve his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the same 
institute. Dr. Omar's further studies took him to Canada, where he graduated from the 
University of Ottawa in 2012 with a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Recently, he graduated 
from the 2030 Leaders MISK program in 2022ز

All sessions by Dr. Omar Al-Attas

Track 1: Nature, Climate, Saudi Natural History, and Biodiversity
09:00 AM

Building 20 Auditorium

Dr. Omar Al-Attas

Head of Environmental Protection and Regeneration, Red Sea Global

Professor Matthew F McCabe

Professor of Remote Sensing and Water Security, Director of Climate and Livability Initiative

Mr. Mohammed Sadek Al Ramadan

Managing Director, Alyaseen Agriculture

Dr. Mohammad Nurunnabi

Director - Center for Sustainability and Climate, PSU