FaceOf: Bader Al-Asaker, secretary-general of Misk Foundation

Bader Al-Asaker
Updated 28 May 2018

FaceOf: Bader Al-Asaker, secretary-general of Misk Foundation

  • Al-Asaker is also the secretary-general of the King Salman Youth Center

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation, commonly known as Misk, is a non-profit foundation devoted to cultivating learning and leadership in Saudi youth.

The Misk Innovation initiative is currently taking part in the International Technology Fair “VivaTech” in Paris.

This is the first participation of its kind to support the emerging technological creations of a number of innovators from the Kingdom’s youth.

In its pavilion, Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields, including those that serve the hearing-impaired through technical support, the aviation industry, automotive electronic solutions, road safety, Arabic and international media monitoring, and the perfume industry.

Bader Al-Asaker is the secretary-general of Misk Foundation.  Al-Asaker is also the secretary-general of the King Salman Youth Center. 

Al-Asaker is also head of the private office for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the rank of minister since he was appointed by a royal decree in July 2017.

He is a member of the Council of Saudi Chambers, and a member of the Youth Business Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh.

He is also the deputy general director of Alasaker for Electronic Systems and AC in Riyadh, which was established in 1980 and has around 10 branches in Riyadh city. He is also a member of the board of directors of Riyadh Schools and has previously served as deputy CEO of Salhia Dates and Sweets Co.

Al-Asaker holds a bachelor’s degree from King Saud University, Riyadh. He has a profound influence on the social networking platforms especially Twitter, where he is followed up on his personal account by more than 1 million users. 

FII delegates pay tribute to Khashoggi, say ‘terrible act not part of our DNA’

Updated 7 min 2 sec ago

FII delegates pay tribute to Khashoggi, say ‘terrible act not part of our DNA’

RIYADH: Speakers at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh did not shy away from addressing what could otherwise have been the elephant in the room: The death of Jamal Khashoggi.
Numerous speakers had pulled out of the event over the death of the Saudi journalist in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Khashoggi’s death was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of Saudi authorities, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday.
Many speakers due to attend the FII — mostly those from Western organizations — had pulled out due to allegations the Saudi government was complicit in Khashoggi’s death.
But speakers at the FII on Tuesday tackled the issue head-on, calling the death “abhorrent” and promising justice. 
“These are difficult days for us in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are going through a crisis, of sorts, resulting from the very regrettable and abhorrent incident that took place in Turkey,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told the audience.
“Nobody in the Kingdom can justify it or explain it. From the leadership on down, we are very upset about what has happened,” he added. 
“The king has made it clear that there will be an investigation, justice and retribution to those responsible.”
The prominent Saudi business executive Lubna Olayan also remarked on the case, saying that the “terrible acts reported in recent weeks are alien to our culture and DNA.” 
Al-Falih said that, despite the ongoing “crisis” due to the case, the ambitious reforms that Saudi Arabia is undertaking would continue. 
“The Kingdom is in the midst of a historic transformation of unprecedented proportions, and the train has moved, and it has moved deliberately toward a transformation journey that will not be stopped,” he said. 
“Those partners who are here with us today, to continue their journey with us are certainly going to look back and find out how the lessons have been learned from the incident, but at the same time how committed the Kingdom is to its partners who stay the course.”