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An authority on international development, Omar has experience working on private sector and democracy projects in the Middle East. He has studied the impact of international terrorism on foreign policy and continues his teaching and public lectures while simultaneously appearing regularly on the BBC news, monitoring international events that affect US global interests. Omar is also an expert in training, learning, and evaluation assessments.
After earning his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Omar served as an Assistant Dean and taught American politics, international relations, and the politics of the Middle East.
He is Chairman and Owner of Pal-Tech®, Inc., a metropolitan Washington, DC-based company he founded in 1987. Today, the company is a sought-after innovator in the field of interactive, multimedia, and distance learning. With nearly 250 employees, the company maintains U.S. government contracts providing services to various government agencies including the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Coast Guard.
He is active in Arab-American affairs and has served as the Executive Director of two major Arab-American organizations. On four occasions he served as a member of US Delegations observing and monitoring international elections: Morocco (1996), Yemen (1997), Indonesia (2004), Palestine (2006), Pakistan (2008), and Afghanistan (2009). He is a member of the Board of the Middle East Policy Council (Washington, DC) and the Board of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (Washington, DC).