FaceOf: Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar, president of KSA’s General Commission of Audiovisual Media

Updated 24 April 2018
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FaceOf: Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar, president of KSA’s General Commission of Audiovisual Media

  • Al-Haidar attained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University
  • Al-Haidar said that the film sector would be an important contributor to the objectives of the National Transformation Plan

Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar is the president of Saudi Arabia’s General Commission of Audiovisual Media (GCAM) since July 2017. He is also a board member of Tihama Advertising and Public Relations Co. Al-Haidar is an independent director at the company since March 2016, and a board member of Misk Foundation since March 2012.

Al-Haidar attained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2014, a master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University with an honorary certificate in International Business Diplomacy in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Design and Development from the American University in Washington, DC in the year 2000.

On April 19, Al-Haidar said that the film sector would be an important contributor to the objectives of the National Transformation Plan and the ambitious vision of the Kingdom by establishing a Saudi media environment capable of developing the industry in the media, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Al-Haidar added that the General Commission of Audiovisual Media is working to organize and develop the media sector in the Kingdom to become a strategic and investment tributary of the national economy, in addition to rehabilitating and supporting the local Saudi environment and presenting it to the world.

The statement also added that three more film screens were scheduled to be inaugurated in the third quarter of 2018 at the King Abdullah Financial Center. 


FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of KSA’s General Authority for Foreign Trade

Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi
Updated 39 min 39 sec ago
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Harbi, governor of KSA’s General Authority for Foreign Trade

Abdulrahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi was appointed the governor of the General Authority for Foreign Trade following a royal decree issued on March 23. 

Previously, he had been the deputy minister of foreign trade since 2016. 

He has held many leadership positions in the financial and private banking sector, the most recent of which was serving as the chief executive officer of Emirates NBD KSA. 

Al-Harbi is a member of several boards of directors as well as local and international committees, including the board of directors of the Saudi Export Development Authority and the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises. He is also the chairman of the Investment Committee, and represents the Kingdom on the board of directors of the Islamic Center for Trade Development.

He holds a bachelor of science in management information systems from the business school at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. 

The General Authority for Foreign Trade aims to enhance the Kingdom’s international commercial and investment activities. It was established to consolidate Saudi Arabia’s position as a region and global trade hub.

One of the key goals of the authority is to ensure smooth access for Saudi non-oil exports in target markets by removing obstacles.