Mr. Al-Assiri is the Subregional Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Coordinator for the Gulf Cooperation Council States and Yemen, a post he has held since November 2010, andacting FAO Representative in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Al-Assiriholds a BSc in Agriculture from King Saud University, Riyadh, and an MSc in Range Management from New Mexico University, USA.
He began his career in 1986 as Director of the Range Section of the Range and Forests Department in the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture. In 1995, he became Director of the ministry’s Environment Unit. In November 2000, he moved to Manama, Bahrain, to work as Programme Officer and Coordinator for theSubregional Action Programme of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in West Asia, under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In March 2004, he was appointed Director-General of the Natural Resources Department of the Ministry of Agriculture in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to his technical background and his 32-year career as a national public officer and decision maker,being a United Nations staff member has given him the opportunity to assume administrative and senior managerial responsibilities and has provided him with the capability to collaborate at various levels with colleagues in diverse fields.