Dr. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi has been the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) since January 2016.
He has been a council member at the FAO since September 2016.
Al-Ghamdi has been an executive board member of IFAD since July 2016, and of WFP since June 2016.
He attained his master’s degree in plant sciences from Colorado State University in 1997, and his doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Reading, in the UK, in 2009.
Prior to his current position, Al-Ghamdi was the vice dean of the College of Sciences at Al-Baha University from June 2011 to August 2013. He was the head of the computer information technology department at the same university from September 2014 to January 2016, and was the vice dean of admissions and registrations from September 2014 to January 2016.
Recently, Al-Ghamdi spoke at a special workshop on healthy food at the FAO’s headquarters in Rome.
He was joined by scientists and experts from around the world, and representatives of Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Germany were among the high-profile conference speakers.
Experts have backed calls by Saudi Arabia to have dates classified as a “super fruit” due to their vital role in global food security.
The sweet-tasting fruit, which has been cultivated for more than 6,000 years, is grown in at least 40 countries.