Khalid bin Faisal Al-Sehli, Saudi ambassador to Turkmenistan

Time: August 06, 2019  

Ambassador Khalid bin Faisal Al-Sehli

Khalid bin Faisal Al-Sehli has been the Saudi ambassador to the Republic of Turkmenistan since 2014.

Previously, Al-Sehli was a minister plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as an adviser to the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and to the Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Protocol Affairs.

His career as a diplomat began in 1993; he was appointed as a diplomatic attaché in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Al-Sehli also served at the General Directorate of Administrative Communications at the ministry, and as a second secretary in the protocol division.

Moreover, he served at various positions in different Saudi embassies around the world, including in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Ottawa in Canada, Bangkok in Thailand, and Kuwait.

Al-Sehli holds a bachelor’s degree in political sciences from King Saud University in Riyadh, and a postgraduate diploma in political sciences from Diplomatic Studies Institute in Riyadh.

He participated in many international, regional and local conferences, forums and meetings as a representative of Saudi Arabia or in an official delegation.

He speaks four languages: Arabic, English, French, and Russian.

As the Saudi ambassador, Khalid bin Faisal Al-Sehli on Monday met and bade farewell to 162 Turkmenistani pilgrims who are traveling to Makkah to perform Hajj this year.

The meeting at Ashgabat International Airport was attended by the mufti of Turkmenistan, and a number of officials in the Department of Religious Affairs of the Office of the President of Turkmenistan.

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Nexthink expands operations in Saudi Arabia

Time: August 05, 2019  

Maged Eid, area vice president of Nexthink.

Nexthink, a leader in digital employee experience software for enterprises, will strengthen its existing operations in Saudi Arabia as a response to the company’s strong growth, by increasing its workforce and presence through strategic partnerships.

Maged Eid appointed as the area vice president will oversee Middle East, Turkey and Africa growth strategy; he will drive new business and strengthen existing operations in the region. In his role, Eid will work closely with the Saudi Arabia team to ensure companies have better support and significantly improve the digital employee experience.

“Saudi Arabia is a key market for us and we will continue to invest in this region by increasing our workforce and partnerships with key distributors,” said Eid. “Nexthink’s technology enables an organization’s IT department to take a proactive approach to improving their IT performance, resolving potential problems quickly and focusing better on company-wide initiatives. We believe there is a clear need for our solutions in the Kingdom that can help an organization transform their business.”

Some of Nexthink’s key clients in the Kingdom include organizations from the finance, defense, government, health care and energy sectors.

The Kingdom continues to adopt innovative technologies as a result of the National Transformation Program (NTP) objectives and Vision 2030 strategy that will drive significant ICT spending ($34.5 billion) in technologies such as digital transformation, cloud, mobility, artificial intelligence and robotics.

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Hussein Al-Sharif, undersecretary at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Time: July 24, 2019  

Hussein Al-Sharif

Hussein Al-Sharif has been the undersecretary of Hajj affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since 2014.

He has sponsored Al-Zamzami Al-Sagheer initiative launched by the suppliers of Zamzam water, Unified Office of Zamzama, which will distribute Zamzam water to pilgrims during Hajj.

Al-Sharif holds a doctorate in public law from the University of Newcastle, UK, which he received in 2000.

He became a lecturer at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 1990 in legal administration. In 2002, he was appointed assistant professor in the faculty of economics and administration and was the undersecretary of the systems department between 2002 and 2003.

Al-Sharif later became the head of the systems department for two consecutive terms until 2007.

While teaching at KAU, he taught administrative law, administrative justice, administrative contracts, principles of law, international private systems and criminal procedures.

He is the founding member of the National Society for Human Rights, and was the general supervisor of their branch in Makkah. He participated in the Second Regional Conference on National Human Rights Institutions in the Arab World  in 2006.

Al-Sharif is also an accredited arbitrator, and participated in the regional conference of the International Criminal Court in Bahrain in 2004 and the regional session for monitoring trials and fair trial standards in the country in 2005.

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Dr. Badr Al-Bader, CEO of the Misk Foundation

Time: July 23, 2019  

Misk Foundation CEO Dr. Badr Al-Bader

Dr. Badr Al-Bader was appointed CEO of the Misk Foundation on Monday.

The charity was founded in 2011 by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to develop youths’ leadership skills, and to focus on education, technology, media and culture to empower society through knowledge according to the best international standards.

Al-Bader thanked the crown prince for his appointment as CEO, saying it is a huge responsibility.

Al-Bader received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, and holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in the same field from Washington University.

He has participated in leadership programs at several universities such as Oxford, Cornell and George Washington.

Al-Bader has founded several companies, and was CEO of Dur Hospitality Co., where he led its transformation and launched its expansion strategy.

He was also managing director of CISCO Systems in Saudi Arabia for two years, before occupying the same role for Asia and Africa.

He was a member of a number of committees in chambers of commerce and industry, a member of the board of trustees of the Prince Salman Prize for Young Entrepreneurs, and a member of the advisory board of the faculty of business administration at King Faisal University, and of the faculty of information technology at KFUPM.

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Dr. Abdulhamid Al-Khalifa, director general of the OPEC Fund for International Development

Time: July 21, 2019  

OFID Director General Abdulhamid Al-Khalifa

Dr. Abdulhamid Al-Khalifa has been the director general of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) since November 2018.

Elected at OFID’s June 2018 Ministerial Council meeting, Al-Khalifa replaces Suleiman Al-Herbish, who served three terms as OFID director general between 2003 and 2018.

Prior to his appointment at OFID, Al-Khalifa was deputy secretary-general of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund from 2014 to 2018 and adviser to the secretary-general from 2010 to 2014.

He has also held a number of leadership positions at the World Bank Group and served the government of Saudi Arabia in various capacities.

Al-Khalifa holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Miami, Florida, and a master’s in applied economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

During OFID’s annual ministerial meeting in Vienna, Al-Khalifa said: “OFID’s vision is to be a relevant, agile and efficient development finance institution that can deliver maximum development impact to its partner countries, while becoming self-sustainable in financing its operations.”

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan headed the Saudi delegation at the meeting.

The Kingdom is the largest stakeholder in the fund, which was established in 1976 with the aim of contributing to the social and economic development of emerging and less-advanced countries. OFID’s financial aid has so far benefited 134 countries.

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Dr. Khalid bin Abdulqader Al-Ghamdi, general supervisor at the Saudi Ministry of Media

Time: July 16, 2019  

Dr. Khalid bin Abdulqader Al-Ghamdi

Dr. Khalid bin Abdulqader Al-Ghamdi is the general supervisor of foreign media at the Saudi Ministry of Media. He is also the chairman of Arab Media Standing Committee at the Arab League.

Al-Ghamdi is also an assistant professor at the department of industrial engineering at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.

He also serves as the vice dean of the Research and Consulting Institute at King Abdul Aziz University and the deputy CEO of Jeddah Valley Technical Co.

Before that he worked as a graduate assistant at King Abdul Aziz University between 2002 and 2004. Later, he went to the UK to pursue his postgraduate studies.

Before pursuing a career as an academic, Al-Ghamdi served as an industrial engineer at Saudi Arabian Airlines in Jeddah between 2000 and 2002.

Al-Ghamdi holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the College of Engineering, King Abdul Aziz University.

He received his master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the department of manufacturing engineering at the School of Engineering, the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Al-Ghamdi is also an honorary research fellow in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

During a meeting of the Arab Media Standing Committee at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Sunday, Al-Ghamdi called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.

He stressed that the Palestinian cause, Al-Quds and countering terrorism were the most important issues discussed at the 93rd session of the committee.

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Dr. Abdullah bin Hamoud Al-Harbi, member of the Saudi Shoura Council

Time: July 13, 2019  

Dr. Abdullah bin Hamoud Al-Harbi

Dr. Abdullah bin Hamoud Al-Harbi has been a Saudi Shoura Council member since February 2009. He is also the chairman of the Saudi-Bosnian Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Harbi gained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Abdul Aziz University, his master’s in experimental design in statistics from Michigan State University, and his doctorate in applied statistics from the University of North Colorado.

He held different positions at King Abdul Aziz University, starting as an assistant professor from 1983-1989; vice dean of students affairs from 1984-1988; associate professor from 1985-1996; head of the department of statistics from 1989-1993; and has served as a professor since 1996. He has also been a member of the International Statistical Institute since 1996.

Recently, a delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council, led by Al-Harbi, joined Bosnians in Sarajevo to commemorate the anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

Al-Harbi reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s valued relationship with Bosnia and Herzegovina, its respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He expressed the Kingdom’s aspiration to promote moderation and fight religious extremism, national superiority and racism, emphasizing the importance of this approach for building the future.

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Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Time: July 11, 2019  

Dr. Amr Al-Maddah

Dr. Amr Al-Maddah has been the chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and an adviser to its minister, since February 2019.

Up to 25,000 Hajj pilgrims in Mina this year will be issued with wearable high-tech smart cards in a pilot program being launched by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. The cards will store the pilgrims’ personal information, health status, residence and Hajj tour details. They will also be fitted with a location tracker to follow individual pilgrims’ movements, managed by a control room in Mina.

Al-Maddah said that it is the experimental stage of a smart Hajj initiative they are working on, and they will study to what extent it might be advantageous to the pilgrims.

Al-Maddah received his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 2007.

He obtained his master’s in robotics and intelligent systems from Osaka University in Japan in 2010, and a Ph.D. in 2013 from the same university.

After getting his bachelor’s, he worked for Saudi Hollandi Bank as a premises engineer until 2008.

When he concluded his education in Japan, he joined the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) as a research associate from 2013 to 2014.

Al-Maddah then joined KAU as an assistant professor. He continues to teach in the electrical engineering department, while also acting as a consultant to the university vice president for business and cognitive creativity. In 2015, Al-Maddah became director of KAU’s business incubators until March 2016.

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Hasan Al-Attas, director general of operation at the Saudi Fund for Development

Time: July 11, 2019  

Hasan Al-Attas

Hasan Al-Attas is the director general of operation and head of the Saudi Grant Management Committee at the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), as well as the director general of projects and studies at the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) since April 2018.

In his role at the SFD Al-Attas recently signed three agreements with EFG Hermes for Leasing, UE Finance, and Global Lease company.

The ceremony took place on Saturday at the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation headquarters in Cairo, attended by the Egyptian Minister of Investment Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Transport Lt. Gen. Kamel Al-Waziri, and Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Osama Nugali.

The three agreements were brought in by the SFD to implement Saudi Arabia’s grant to Egypt. Their funding will go into micro and industrial projects, as well as new and renewable energy and agricultural projects.

Hasan Al-Attas obtained his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran in civil engineering in 1978. He received a master’s of engineering in project management from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1981. He also attended Harvard Business School for an advanced project management course in 2011.

His career began with the SFD in 1981. In 2011, he took the role of general manager of the Real Estate Development Fund for a year before moving to sit on the board of the Agricultural Development Fund.

Al-Attas was also a member in the GCC Committee for Gaza Reconstruction at the Islamic Development Bank for six years, from 2011 to 2017.

He was appointed as CEO of Advanced Mashreq Mining Co. in 2016 and still holds that position while working with SDRPY and SFD.

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Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib, lead specialist of the nonprofit Saudi organization Albalsam International

Time: July 05, 2019  

Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib

Top pediatrician Dr. Zakaria Sobhy Habib was born in Madinah, on Jan. 5, 1966. He has been leading a team of medical specialists from the Kingdom’s nonprofit organization Albalsam International, that has just completed surgeries on 14 Tanzanian children.

The week-long surgery trip, which ended on June 29, was the second visit by the Albalsam team to the East African country.

Habib gained his doctor of medicine degree from King Saud University, in 1989, and attained a master’s degree in pediatric surgery from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada in 2004.

His also worked as a resident general surgeon at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh from 1990 to 1996 and was a fellow pediatric surgeon from 1997 to 2007.

Habib was an associate consultant pediatric surgeon from 2001 to 2002, has been a consultant pediatric surgeon since 2002, was director of pediatric surgery from 2002 to 2005, has been chairman of the departmental mortality and morbidity committee in Saudi Arabia since 2004, and was a fellow pediatric surgeon at McMaster University from 2000 to 2001.

He is also a member of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, the Saudi Pediatric Association, and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

The Albalsam medical team’s visit to Africa came in response to a request from the Tanzanian government and was carried out in coordination with Tanzania’s ambassador in Riyadh, Hemedi Idd Mgaza.

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