Omar Allam is the CEO and founder of Allam Advisory Group, a global trade advisory consulting firm. As CEO, he is involved in all aspects of managing AAG’s national and international operations and workforce, leading efforts to set the firm’s business goals and growth strategy, driving sales and revenue generation, performance and culture.
Omar brings 20 years of international leadership experience that extends to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA), the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Asia-Pacific.
As a global consultant, he provides clients with advice on international expansion and market entry strategy, business-model innovation, business development, revenue generation and sales initiatives, strategic communications and marketing, government relations, project financing, and operations support in a diverse array of industries: high tech, healthcare, transportation, logistics, infrastructure, engineering services, mining, oil & gas, education, manufacturing, life sciences, tourism, creative & cultural industries, hospitality, & business services.
Omar is frequently retained by major global consulting firms like McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Oliver Wyman where he advises leading public, private and social sector clients.
Prior to founding AAG in 2014, Omar was founding member, Senior Vice President and Partner with an Australian based holding company with a portfolio of ventures where he was responsible for setting and leading Canadian and global operations with full P&L responsibility.
He previously served as former Canadian diplomat in Asia, Africa and North America, as a senior consultant with the World Bank in the technology and transportation practice and chief and manager of international relations with Natural Resources Canada.
As a global entrepreneur, Omar played key roles in launching companies based in North America with a global presence has been involved in the build-out and management of several global start-up ventures spanning seed level to high growth venture capital-backed with operations in Canada, US, EMEA, APAC, India, and China. He has also held executive roles ranging from founder (4X), CEO, Managing Director, SVP, VP of Global Operations, Strategy, to strategic advisor and coach.
Omar is a regular television commentator on BNN Bloomberg, CBC, and speaker on international trade and foreign policy matters. He is also a published author and contributor to Macleans Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Business Magazine, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Reuters, among other outlets.
He has extensive experience as a corporate board member and served on the Board of Directors/Advisory Board for a number of local and international organizations. He previously served as a Board Member with Crossroads International, a major international NGO that supports women’s empowerment in Africa and Bolivia; mentor with Invest Ottawa and a member of the External Advisory Board of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute.
Omar holds degrees in business, geography and environmental studies from Bishop’s University and an executive certificate in international negotiations and mediation from Carleton University. He also has diverse training at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and speaks English, French and Arabic.