Time: November 11, 2018
Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli has been the Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015.
He is also board chairman of several institutions including the National Water Company, the Saudi Grains Organization, the Agriculture Development Fund, the Saudi Wildlife Authority, and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environment Protection.
Al-Fadhli worked in the petroleum industries sector for 13 years before joining Almarai food company as general manager and deputy CEO of its main factories in Al-Kharj in 1996.
In 2000, he became the CEO of Almarai and served in that position until 2015. During his tenure, he successfully transformed Almarai from a local company into the largest producer and distributor of food products in the region.
Moreover, Al-Fadhli was chairperson of International Dairy and Juice, an alliance between Almarai and Pepsico companies, as well as the Dairy and Food Polytechnic, co-established between Almarai and the Technical & Vocational Training Corporation to indigenize the dairy industry.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University in Jeddah.
Recently, Al-Fadhli gave a speech during the awards ceremony of the eighth edition of the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz International Prize for Water at the UN headquarters in New York.
He highlighted the quantum leap the Kingdom has witnessed in the field of water conservation and the efforts exerted by the ministry, as well as the importance of the prize in supporting the great efforts made by Saudi Arabia to address and reduce water scarcity.