Omar McFarlane-Sweeney is currently the Managing Director for the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF which is a lead project management arm for the Government of Jamaica. The JSIF is responsible for the execution of several impactful social intervention and infrastructural development projects within vulnerable communities across Jamaica. These Projects are funded by the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank, the European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank.
Mr. McFarlane-Sweeney is an astute Engineering Professional who was recently appointed by the Prime Minister of Jamaica to the Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB) where he has been elected by the Board, as Chairman to serve from May 2018 to May 2020. He is also a distinguished Member of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) having previously served in the capacity as President.
Mr. McFarlane-Sweeney comes with a wealth of experience of over two decades in the areas of Civil and Construction Engineering and Project Management, working for several global entities both in the local and international markets. Prior to his appointment at JSIF, Mr. McFarlane- Sweeney had served in senior leadership roles at the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).
In addition, he also serves as the Deputy Chairman to the Prime Minister of Jamaica for the Zones Of Special Operations (also referred to as ZOSO) in Jamaica. In his capacity as Managing Director for the JSIF and Deputy Chairman for the ZOSO he has spearheaded several successful social intervention measures which have helped to empower communities in the ZOSO areas of Denham Town - Kingston and Mount Salem - St. James.
Mr. McFarlane-Sweeney is the holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree from the University of Florida. He is also a recipient of the Martin Luther King Scholarship and has successfully completed post graduate executive training programmes at the London School of Economics and at the University of Oxford.