Omar Abdullah is the Chief Minister of the Jammu and Kashmir which has pioneered the cause of the people of the state. He was a Member of the Parliament of India and prior to that worked for one of the most reputed company in India. He is the Chairman, Nawa-i-Subh Charitable Trust and also the founding member, Rahat Charitable Trust.
Mr. Abdullah was born on 10th of March 1970 at Rochford, Essex (U.K.). He is married and has two sons. Mr. Omar Abdullah has done his schooling from Burn Hall Srinagar and Lawrence School Sanawar, He did his B.Com. from Sydenham College, Mumbai University. He is computer savvy and is keen to ensure J&K is able to take advantage of the IT revolution.
Mr. Abdullah was first elected to the Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the Srinagar / Budgam Parliamentary Constituency in 1998. He was re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the same constituency in 1999. He served as a union Minister of state for commerce and industry from 13 Oct. 1999 to 22 July 2001. Subsequently, the Prime Minister entrusted him with the most important portfolio of Union Minister of State for External Affairs. He was re-elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2004 for the third time, from Srinagar –Badgam Parliamentary Constituency
Mr. Abdullah’s immediate concerns are finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir imbroglio, solving the unemployment issue and economic reconstruction of the state.
As a result of the leadership qualities he has displayed over his decade in active politics, he was nominated as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000-2001. He has led many Indian delegations to various parts of the world including:-
- UNESCAP Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, 2000; World Economic forum Summit in Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil, 2000;
- UN World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, 2001;
- Haj Conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2001;
- He was the Prime Minister`s Special Envoy to Libya in 2001
- He is one of the very few parliamentarians who were the panelists in the Special Economic Forum Annual Meeting at New York, 2002