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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Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Austria

Time: August 29, 2019  

Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan

Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Austria and non-resident ambassador to Slovakia and Slovenia.

His appointment took place in April 2019, but he took over his duties as an ambassador on Wednesday, when he presented his credentials.

The prince was also sworn in as a permanent delegate to the United Nations and the international organizations in Vienna.

Prince Abdullah presented his credentials to the Chief of Protocol at the Austrian Foreign Ministry Ambassador Enno Drofenik and met the Secretary-General of the Austrian Foreign Ministry Ambassador Johannes Peterlik.

During the meetings, the parties discussed ways to strengthen and develop relations between the two countries in various fields.

The prince was born in 1988. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University in New York City, US, in 2010. He received his master’s degree in business management in 2015 from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Massachusetts.

Between 2010 to 2011, he interned at the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in the UK In that same year, he also worked as a researcher in the Stock Exchange.

In 2018, a royal decree proclaimed him a member in the board of directors for the Saudi Equestrian Club. He is also a member of the executive committee of National Air Services (Nass) Holding Company.

He has served as an adviser at the royal court since June 2017.

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Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi, director of the General Department of Education in Makkah

Time: August 28, 2019  

Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi

Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi has been made director of the General Department of Education in Makkah region by the Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.
Previously, Al-Zaidi was the deputy director of the Center for the Development of University Education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Al-Zaidi holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Education at Umm Al-Qura University. He also received his master’s degree from the same university in educational management.
He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and management from the College of Education at the University of Newcastle in the UK.
Al-Zaidi began his career as a teacher in 1986, working in several schools until 1994. After that, he became a supervisor of biology at the Educational Supervision Center in Jeddah. He then became the assistant director at the center between 1997 and 2000.
Al-Zaidi had been an assistant professor of educational administration at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah since 2011, before becoming the head of the department in 2012.
On Wednesday, the General Department of Education in Makkah region will launch “Future Gate,” a digital transformation initiative.
The initiative aims to promote digital learning and change the traditional setting in schools, encouraging more technology-enabled teaching and learning.
The first phase will be in the first semester of the coming academic year, featuring 80 schools, before expanding to a further 175 in the second phase.

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Dr. Bandar bin Sulaiman Al-Jamea, acting CEO of Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media

Time: August 27, 2019  

Dr. Bandar bin Sulaiman Al-Jamea has been appointed acting chief executive of the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM).

Al-Jamea has been CEO of the commission’s corporate services division since January 2019, and his promotion was announced on Sunday following approval by Saudi minister of media, Turki Al-Shabanah.

GCAM aims to providing various entertainment opportunities for everyone, which will enhance and contribute to diversifying the economy.

Previously, Al-Jamea served in several governmental positions, most recently as adviser to the minister of Islamic affairs and supervised the establishment of the general director of human resources at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

For many years Al-Jamea held the role of general director of human resources at the Saudi Ministry of Civil Service, which he joined in 1996. During his time at the ministry, he developed its new performance management regulations and guidance manual in line with the goals of the King Salman program for human resources development.

The initiative aims to raise the performance quality and productivity of human resources in the Kingdom, building their functional abilities, and preparing and developing leaders. Royal approval of the program included assigning the Ministry of Civil Service to set the standards and mechanisms of implementing the scheme to achieve its targets.

Al-Jamea was also an adviser to the Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs between 2018 and 2019.

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Dr. Yahya bin Junaid, president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh

Time: August 23, 2019  

Dr. Yahya bin Junaid
  • He is also a writer and scholar
  • Bin Junaid was a professor of library science at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, and was editor-in-chief of several publications

Dr. Yahya bin Junaid is president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge in Riyadh.

He is also a writer and scholar, and former head librarian of King Fahd National Library in the Saudi capital.

Recently, three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House.

The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.

It was attended by Bin Junaid, Saudi Ambassador to China Turki Al-Madi and Chinese officials.

Bin Junaid was a professor of library science at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, and was editor-in-chief of several publications.

He was a member of the Shoura Council between 1997 and 2000, the board of trustees of King Fahd National Library, and the advisory board of Al-Dera’iyah magazine.

Bin Junaid was born in Makkah in 1947. He graduated from the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at King Saud University in 1969.

He has a master’s degree in libraries and information from the University of Missouri in the US, and a doctorate in libraries and documents from the University of Cairo.

Bin Junaid has authored more than 60 works on the history of libraries, Islamic civilization and cultural endowments. He won the King Faisal International Prize in 1998 in the Islamic studies category.

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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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