University at Albany
Dr. Abdolazeez S. Al-Otaibi, MPA '83, PhD '88

Rockefeller College Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Abdolazeez S. Al-Otaibi, MPA '83, PhD '88
Ambassador / Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the World Trade Organization

Dr. Abdolazeez S. Al Otaibi has been the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva since 2010. In 2013, he served as the Chairman of the Council for Trade in Services and the Coordinator of the Asian Group of Developing Members. Previously, he served for two terms as Coordinator of the Arab Group in the WTO.

Prior to the WTO, Ambassador Al Otaibi served a full term as member of Al-Shura Council (Saudi Parliament). During his membership he chaired the Parliamentary Friendship Committee that was responsible for Gulf Corporation Council countries, Yemen, China, South Korea, and some central Asian countries. He participated in official delegations oversea as head of delegation to China and as a member of delegations to Uzbekistan and South Korea.

Much of Ambassador Al Otaibi's career had been spent at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) where he conducted training research and consultation. He served as a General Director of Training Programs, then as a Deputy for the Director General of the Institute. He also served on various IPA committees to implement upgrades and develop by-laws.

Over the years, the Ambassador served as a consultant for several public and private agencies including the General Secretariat of the High Committee for Administrative Reform, Ministry of Finance and National Economy, Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs. He also devoted his service to restructuring the educational sector in the Kingdom and serving as a member of the Management Council of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration in Brussels.

In addition to his dissertation, "Bureaucracy and the Challenges of Regional Disparity in Saudi Arabia," he published several articles and conference papers including Performance Evaluation of Public Enterprises in Saudi Arabia, Citizen Rights vis-à-vis Public Bureaucracy in Saudi Arabia, Training Leaders and Employees of Public Bureaucracy in Saudi Arabia, and The Role of the Institute of Public Administration in Administrative Development in Saudi Arabia. The Ambassador has contributed to many international conferences and symposiums in the field of administration and development.

Ambassador Al Otaibi graduated from King Saud University with a degree in Management, and earned his MPA and PhD in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.