Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Updated 29 December 2015
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Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Cisco has appointed Reema Al-Harbi as country transformation project and program manager in Saudi Arabia. Al-Harbi assumes this position with the focused aim of helping to transform the Kingdom into a fully digital city.
This position is a major milestone in Al-Harbi’s career. Her many accolades include being the first Saudi female to earn the Sales Champion Award at Cisco as a virtual partner account manager, she was also presented with the Spirit of Emerging award. Furthermore, she initiated the process in the Saudi office that has resulted in Cisco being voted as one of the best places to work in Saudi Arabia for two years in a row now. Prior to Cisco, Al-Harbi worked as a marketing specialist with General Electric.
Mohammed Alabbadi, GM, Cisco Saudi Arabia, commented: "One of our principal goals here at Cisco in Saudi Arabia is to provide support and encouragement to enable female Saudi employees to become leaders in the field of IT and the appointment of Reema Al-Harbi is proof of this."
Cisco is continuously seeking to invest in Saudi talent and to provide the best possible career growth and development opportunities. Cisco already has a number of dedicated programs in Saudi Arabia that aim to increase the number of Saudi employees, the number of fellowships offered, training courses, and certificates awarded to the female employees in order to enable them to assume positions of leadership in the future.
Al-Harbi commented: "It brings me great pleasure to have been chosen to take on such an essential position within Cisco Saudi Arabia, and despite the challenges associated with the role, it is a great opportunity to be able to highlight the potential and the capabilities of the Saudi women in ICT. I invite them to become active part of the ICT development across the Kingdom.”


Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

Sofana Dahlan, founder of Tashkeil; Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat; Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena; Khashoggi Holding Group Vice Chairman Hassan Khashoggi and Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO, My Events International Saudi Arabia, at the event in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 August 2018
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Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

The 8th Global Leadership Awards (GLA), which took place in Kuala Lumpur recently, for the first time had winners from Saudi Arabia in two different categories and Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Almaeena hosted the Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat, and the two winners of the GLA, Sofana Dahlan and Hassan Khashoggi, along with Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO of My Events International Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah.

Welcoming the guests, Rafeeq said: “When we disclosed the news of GLA Secretariat’s selection of Khaled Almaeena for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in media, expatriates’ welfare and women empowerment in the region, he just had one thing to say. I would also like to see some Saudi young men and women recognized at the GLA.”

Almaeena nominated a number of Saudis who have excelled in various fields, including two Saudis who won the GLA in different categories.

Recipient of the “Leadership Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship” award, Sofana Dahlan is a well-known lawyer, social entrepreneur and among the first three Saudi female lawyers practicing in the Kingdom. She is the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker and the founder of Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes creative entrepreneurs.

Hassan Khashoggi, who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, is vice chairman of the Khashoggi Holding Group, which was established in 2010. It is a leading private holding that invests in products, services and solutions for the energy and power sectors. It also invests in medical sectors, food, aviation and financial services for the real estate sector.

The event was organized by The Leaders International, a high-profile business magazine and is endorsed by American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), a US-based NGO which showcases leadership at large.

Achievements in more than 30 categories are recognized and honored with a unique award. The winners are selected by high-profile judges from all parts of the world. The event seeks to honor leaders for their exemplary contributions to global growth in economic and leadership development.

Since both the winners could not attend the event in Kuala Lumpur, My Events International Saudi Arabia had arranged for the trophies to be handed over to them by Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Ali bin Selamat in Jeddah.

The consul general told the award winners: “We hope that you attain further excellence in your respective fields. I hope this promotion of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will flourish in the future.”

Khashoggi said: “Hopefully, for future GLA events, we will have more awareness of Saudi talent that is hidden in the Kingdom and we will recognize and reward them. Thank you, Dr. Khaled Almaeena and the My Events team for this honor.”

Dahlan said: “This award is a very important bridge between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because it not only recognizes our achievement but also opens a dialogue and creates awareness about what is really happening in Saudi Arabia beyond the news.

“It is very important that through these kinds of awards and events, we are able to bring nations together and change negative perceptions.”

Almaeena congratulated the winners and said: “These are two very fine young people making a change. Where many do their work in the limelight, they are making a change quietly. We have always recognized people from the West and it is time to look toward the East too. There is so much talent here.”