Prince Saud bin Talal, general supervisor at the Saudi Ministry of Housing

08/12/19

Prince Saud bin Talal has been Saudi Housing Ministry’s Agency for Housing Subsidy and Branches and an adviser to the Minister of Housing since June 2016.

The prince was also CEO of Sakani, a Housing Ministry and Real Estate Development Fund program to allocate residential solutions for citizens, from 2017 to 2018.

He also heads the ministry’s Department of International Cooperation, overseeing the operations of the ministry’s land development initiative, a major pillar of the Housing Vision Program.

The prince is also a board member of the General Real Estate Authority as well as other government-based committees.

He has also worked with other ministries, and was director general of international cooperation at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development between 2014 and 2016. The prince was a legal adviser at the Ministry of Interior from 2008 to 2014.

He holds a master’s degree in law and international relations with honors from Kent University in the UK, and a bachelor’s degree in computer and information systems from Suffolk University in Boston.

As adviser to Housing Minister Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, the prince attended the minister’s meeting with South Korean Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee.

During the meeting in Riyadh on Thursday, the two sides discussed cooperation in infrastructure and smart cities within the framework of the Saudi-Korean Vision 2030.

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Talal Al-Obailan, director at General Authority of Civil Aviation

17/11/19

Talal Al-Obailan

Talal Al-Obailan has been the director of corporate communications and marketing at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) since November 2018.

Before then he was GACA’s director of marketing and communications.

Prior to joining GACA, Al-Obailan served at other government institutions including the Ministry of Commerce and Investment and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).

At the Commerce Ministry, he was the director of exhibitions and international markets between June 2015 and March 2017. His responsibilities included restructuring, developing, and leading the exhibitions and conferences department.

At the SCTH Al-Obailan led the licenses operations team of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau between 2012 and 2015.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University in Riyadh.

He also received a master’s degree in tourism management as well as an organizational leadership certificate from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

The GACA will participate in the Dubai Airshow 2019, which will be held from Nov. 17 to 21 at Al-Maktoum International Airport in the UAE.

Al-Obailan said the GACA’s participation came “in light of the expansion witnessed by the aviation sector in the region through the establishment and development of airports and the effort being made to acquire a fair share of the aviation market, meet directly with various civil aviation related entities, and discuss developments and challenges facing the industry in the region.”

Al-Obailan went on to say that the GACA would be exploring the latest developments and innovations in emerging technologies and services at the show — given the expected increase in passenger numbers at the Kingdom’s airports in the near future — as well as ways to upgrade its facilities.

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Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Time: October 24, 2019  

Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister on Wednesday. (File/Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center.

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.

Prior to his appointment as foreign minister, Prince Faisal served as Saudi ambassador to Germany from March 2019.

Before that, he was adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior adviser at the Saudi Embassy in Washington from 2017-2019.

He had served in various capacity in both private and public sectors from 2001 to 2019, including as representative of Boeing Industrial Technology Group, vice chairman of and later as board chairman of Alsalam Aerospace Company and from 2001-2013.

He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Military Industries Corporation and chairman of the Executive Committee in 2017.

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Prince Turki Al-Faisal, co-founder of the King Faisal Foundation

Time: October 09, 2019  

Prince Turki Al-Faisal

Prince Turki Al-Faisal is a co-founder and trustee of the King Faisal Foundation and currently serves as chairman of its Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He has also been an adviser at the Royal Court since 1973.

Between 1977 and 2001, Prince Turki was the director general of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID).

In October 2002, Prince Turki became the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK and Ireland. In 2005 he took up an ambassadorial role in the US, a position he held until his retirement in 2007.

He received an honorary Ph.D. in Law from the University of Ulster in Ireland in 2010, and another honorary Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Hankuk in Korea in 2011. He is a visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University.

Prince Turki holds a bachelor’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he studied alongside former US President Bill Clinton.

He also studied at Princeton, University of Cambridge, and the University of London, where he attended courses in Islamic law and jurisprudence.

Prince Turki recently received one of Afghanistan’s highest honors — the Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan medal — for his work in support of Afghan independence.

Afghan Minister of Finance Mohammad Qayoumi and the country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sayed Jalal Karim, made the presentation at a ceremony in the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Hall on Monday, which included a video message from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulating Prince Turki on his medal.

“The Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan medal is a symbol of honor and admiration awarded to exceptional personalities to acknowledge their remarkable efforts on behalf of Afghanistan,” Ghani said.

Prince Turki thanked the Afghan leader for the award, and expressed his desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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Arabs’ exploration of space ( video)

24/09/19

When a Saudi went to space

Prince Sultan bin Salman speaks exclusively to Arab News about his 1985 NASA mission and how he became the first Arab, Muslim and royal in space.

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Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, rector of King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa

21/09/19

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali has been the rector of King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa since April 2017.

He is also a member of the board of trustees of Prince Sultan University in Riyadh. Previously, he served as the dean of the faculty of graduate studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He also was the vice dean of graduate studies, the undersecretary in charge of the deanship of scientific research, and the general coordinator of the Basic and Applied Research Program in the Research Institute at KFUPM.

Al-Ohali was the director of Aafaq (Horizons), a 25-year plan to improve higher education opportunities for women, boost scientific research and tackle the Kingdom’s shortage of scientists in critical fields. The initiative was announced in 2009 by the Education Ministry.

He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the US, and has participated in more than 40 research papers.

On the occasion of Saudi National Day, Al-Ohali said all KFU staff members and students are “proud of the history of their country, and they are happy with the services provided to them in their university, including equipment and technologies that allow them to reach opportunities of academic and scientific excellence.”

He praised the Saudi government’s support and care for the KFU since its establishment in 1975.

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Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Samari, VP and managing director of Saudi Arabia’s Namaa

Time: September 20, 2019

Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Samari

Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Samari has been the vice president and managing director of the Local Content and Private Sector Development Unit (Namaa) since January 2017.

Namaa participated in the first Saudi International Iron and Steel Conference, held on Sept. 16-18, where more than 40 countries and a large number of local and international companies were represented.

Al-Samari said that this participation comes within the framework of the authority’s efforts to publicize its strategy in the development of local content at various levels, in addition to its role in raising awareness of the importance of local content in economic development and increasing demands from both the public and private sectors for local products and goods.

Al-Samari graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, and a master’s in business administration.

He started at Saudi Aramco in 2004 as an analyst, working on projects that enhance data processing systems, before he joined the Northern Area Oil Operations, where he worked as as a planning analyst, accounting staff analyst and business systems analyst.

In 2012, Al-Samari worked for four years as a strategy manager at Accenture, a company that offers services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital technology and operations.

Between 2016 and 2017, he served as an adviser to the minister of economy and planning.

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Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority

Time: September 18, 2019  

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority, has been appointed as the president of the Arab Football Federation.

The decision came at the federation’s 25th meeting held in Jeddah on Monday. Prince Abdul Aziz has been appointed the federation’s chief for four years. He pledged to work for the  development an integrated system to promote sports in the region.

Born on Jan. 4, 1983, Prince Abdul Aziz is an athlete and a talented entrepreneur. He spent most of his childhood in Europe, where he pursued an active lifestyle and was introduced to motorsports at an early age. Prior to his appointment as the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Prince Abdul Aziz served as the vice chairman of the authority. He attained his bachelor’s degree in politics from King Saud University in 2003 then went on to obtain a degree in politics at School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London in 2006.

He also studied marketing at the College of Business Administration in Jeddah from 2006 to 2010. Additionally, he graduated from the Formula BMW School in Bahrain in 2005.

Prince Abdul Aziz has participated in many motor racing events and won various titles including the Porsche GT3 Championship in 2012 (he came in first), the Toyo Tires Cup in Dubai (first place), Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, Formula BMW Bahrain, ADAC GT Masters Round, Porsche GT3 CCME (which he won 9 times), Radical Masters AUH round (where he came in second), 24H Dubai race, 24H Series.

He also participated in the Gulf Race12 Hours twice, coming in first place in 2014 and second place in 2015.  He also succeeded outside the Middle East. In 2011, he won the first race in the FIA GT3 in Portugal.

He is also known as the first Saudi to have participated in a GT3 European championship race. He won the championship.

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Mohammed Al-Shammary, vice president at Saudi Aramco

17/09/19

Mohammed Al-Shammary is the vice president of Saudi Aramco’s procurement and supply chain management.

He joined Aramco in 1981 and obtained a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of South California in 1987. During his tenure with the company, Al-Shammary has worked primarily in the upstream side of the business at several Aramco oil fields.

From 2000 to 2017, he held various leadership roles with the company, including manager of the Qatif and Abu Sa’fah development department, managing director of the London-based Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd., president and CEO of the Aramco Gulf Operation Company based in Al-Khafji and executive director of Saudi Aramco community services.

Al-Shammary has attended executive education programs at the London Business School and Oxford University. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and previously held the position of senior regional vice president for the Middle East for ASIS International.

In his current role, Al-Shammary is responsible for overseeing the inbound corporate supply chain, including the procurement of diversified project construction, operational and maintenance service contracts and the placement of material purchases for strategic and general supply commodities.

He is also responsible for maximizing localization opportunities for materials and services, the management and control of corporate inventory, overseeing global materials logistics movements.

Speaking at a recent forum of industry leaders held in Dammam, Al-Shammary said the Saudi Aramco provided investment opportunities worth $40 billion to small and medium-size enterprises in the Kingdom.

He also highlighted the role of Aramco in promoting investment opportunities in the country through different programs particularly in the energy sector.

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Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s new energy minister

Time: September 09, 2019  

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman was appointed energy minister by royal decree on Sunday, replacing Khalid Al-Falih, who had held the post since May 2016.

Prince Abdul Aziz had served as minister of state for energy affairs at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources since 2017.

He had also served as deputy minister of petroleum and mineral resources since 2015, and was an assistant to the minister from 2004 to 2015, undersecretary at the ministry from 1995 to 2004, and adviser to the minister from 1987 to 1995.

Prince Abdul Aziz served as director of the department of economic and industrial studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals from 1985 to 1987.

He headed the team formed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco to prepare the Kingdom’s oil strategy, as well as the team charged with updating the strategy.

He also played a role in putting forth the first strategy endorsed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at its ministerial conference in 2005, when he chaired the committee of OPEC oil and energy ministers to prepare its long-term strategy.

Prince Abdul Aziz is a member of the High Committee for Hydrocarbons, the board of directors of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, and the board of directors of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.

He attained his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran in 1982, and his MBA from the same university in 1985.

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