US envoy and UBT rector discuss future collaboration

US Ambassador Joseph A. Westphal and University of Business and Technology (UBT) Rector Hussein Al-Alawi at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 26 October 2016
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US envoy and UBT rector discuss future collaboration

JEDDAH: US Ambassador Joseph A. Westphal met with University of Business and Technology (UBT) Rector Hussein Al-Alawi and Vice Rector Lulwa Al-Mutlaq at the UBT Continuing Education Center at King’s Road Tower last week.
Ambassador Westphal, Consul General Matthias Mitman, Rector Hussein Al-Alawi and deans from UBT discussed future collaboration.
A group of students was heavily engaged in one such collaboration — a leadership workshop led by Kay Westerfield, a global communications expert and US Consulate guest .
UBT students graduate with degrees ranging from business to advertising — all fields that cultivate leadership skills.
Westerfield stressed important tenets of leadership with the group of students, such as resilience, and challenged them to envision themselves as leaders.
Following the meeting with the rector, Ambassador Westphal spoke to the students participating in the leadership workshop and shared his vision of what makes a great leader.
The students enjoyed the level of interaction and learned from each other. They left the workshop feeling inspired about their bright futures.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.