Osama El-Lissy is the Deputy Administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). In this position, he leads and directs a nationally dispersed staff that safeguards U.S. animal and plant resources from destructive pests and diseases.
For nearly two years before becoming PPQ’s Deputy Administrator, Osama was the Associate Deputy Administrator responsible for policy and financial management within PPQ. Before that, he directed PPQ’s emergency management, providing national coordination in the preparedness, response, and recovery from plant health emergencies in the United States. This included working with federal and state governments, industry stakeholders, and subject matter experts to develop and implement comprehensive plans designed to safeguard American agriculture against invasive pest outbreaks such as the recent citrus black spot in Florida, European grapevine moth in California, and potato cyst nematode in Idaho.
From 2000 to 2005, Osama served as the APHIS National Coordinator for cotton pest programs. In that role, he provided the coordination for national cotton pest programs in the United States and Mexico, including the boll weevil and pink bollworm eradication programs.
Osama’s previous experience includes more than twelve years in the private sector managing large scale pest control and eradication programs. As the director of the Texas boll weevil eradication program from1994 through 2000, Osama led one of the largest pest eradication programs in the world, affecting approximately four million acres of cotton and providing services to several thousand cotton producers and landowners.
Osama Earned a Master’s Degree in International Business Administration from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University, and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Production and Entomology from Cairo University.
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