His Excellency Talal Al Rahbi has spent all his working life in public service, starting his career at Oman’s elected lower house of parliament (A’Shura Council), before returning to the US to complete his MPA in Public Policy and Management from at University of Oregon.
Earlier he earned his Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Louisiana. After completing his MPA studies and gaining valuable experience at the local government level in Lane County OR, Talal returned to Oman and went on to become a key figure in developing Oman’s Information Technology for the digital age, at a newly-formed national Information Technology Authority. Between 2010 and 2013, Oman rose ten places in the international Network Readiness Index.
In February of 2013, Talal was appointed by Royal Decree as Deputy Secretary General to the Supreme Council for Planning – a cabinet council chaired by His Majesty the Sultan of Oman – that shapes Oman’s economic planning and prioritizes the entire country’s capital budgets. Talal was decorated by HM Sultan Qaboos with the Civil Order of Oman in 2015.
In 2016, Talal managed the inception of a five year program for national economic diversification, under the banner “Tanfeedh”, or “implementation”. Based on Malaysia’s “Big Fast Results” methodology, the project brought together stakeholders from the public, private, academic and voluntary sectors to create accelerated change in priority economic areas. These intensive working groups have created over 120 initiatives with the aim of creating over $38 billion in total investments over the next four years.
Among many board and representative positions, Talal currently serves as Chairman of a new Oman Technology Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Public Authority for SME Development, and board member of the Oman Rail Company, Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Public Authority for Craft Industries, and member of Oman Vision 2040 Committee. He also served as First Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2010-2013).