Nabil A.A. Molla is secretary general of GSO, the Standardization Organization of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, which works to coordinate work on standards and conformity assessment by the member nations, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Molla’s career in standards began after his work as a lecturer in the College of Science at King Saud University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Molla served at the Saudi Organization for Standards, Metrology and Quality (SASO) as secretary general of the Award of King Abdul Aziz for Quality, director of chemical industries, director of standards, director general for standards, deputy director general, director general and governor, before he was appointed GSO secretary general in 2012 by the GSO board of directors.
Molla has been involved with ASTM International since 1987. He has supervised memorandums of understanding between SASO and other groups, and he participates in economic bilateral committees with other countries such as Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. His experience also includes leading committees entrusted with responsibility for training, scholarships, organization, national law of measurements, strategic planning and quality mark schemes. He has participated in preparing regulations and laws relating to standards, conformity assessment, accreditation, consumer protection, and food and drug administration guidelines.
Chairman of the Saudi Accreditation Committee and of the Commission on Developing Future Strategy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2020, Molla is vice chairman of the SASO board of directors and a member of the GSO Technical Council. He is also a member of the Saudi Chemical Society, the board of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, the Saudi building code group, the Consumer Protection Association, AOAC International and the American Society for Quality.
Molla earned his M.A. in chemistry from the University of Denver. He has represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an Eisenhower fellow (1994), a program designed to provide professional enrichment, leadership development and networking for leaders internationally.