Dr. Omar Amawi
Omar has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation policies, planning, implementation and support. He holds a Master’s degree in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University and a Bachelor degree in Agriculture/ Soil and Irrigation. He worked as a research associate and teaching assistant at Texas A&M university between the years 2002-2007. In 2008, he joined the Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST) as the PMU director for the EU funded project “Support to Research and Technological development and Innovation Initiatives in Jordan SRTD” which aimed at developing Jordan’s scientific and technological capacity with a focus on the use of RTD results by the industrial and SME sector and accelerated the integration of Jordan into the European Research Area. Late in year 2009 he was appointed as the director for the department of policies and scientific projects management at the HCST, responsible for the development of the National STI policies and Strategies for Jordan, and the management of the funded R&D project by HCST. In 2012, he was appointed as the director for the International cooperation department at HCST, and the PIO director for stage II of the SRTD project, targeting applied research, commercialization and Technology Transfer support. In addition, Omar coordinated the FP 7 EU-JordanNet II project, and is participating in many projects funded by the European Commission namely: Med Spring, ERANETMED, INVENT, 4 PRIMA and others.