FaceOf: Talat Hafiz, secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee for Saudi Banks

Talat Hafiz
Updated 13 July 2018
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FaceOf: Talat Hafiz, secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee for Saudi Banks

  • With over 30 years’ experience in financial analysis and banking, Hafiz is responsible for enhancing banking knowledge in Saudi society
  • Hafiz gained a master’s degree in professional accounting from Hartford University, Connecticut, in 1984

Talat Hafiz is secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee for Saudi Banks. 

With over 30 years’ experience in financial analysis and banking, Hafiz is responsible for enhancing banking knowledge in Saudi society.

On Wednesday, he led the first panel discussion at the 12th BMG Economic Forum in London under the theme “Business and Financial Environments in Saudi Arabia.” 

The BMG Economic Forum addressed wider investment opportu- nities in Saudi Arabia and the King- dom’s vision for the future.

“Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Arab world and an investment powerhouse,” Hafiz said.

British MP John Glen pledged UK support for the Kingdom’s comprehensive Vision 2030 plan.

Hafiz gained a master’s degree in professional accounting from Hartford University, Connecticut, in 1984. After graduating, he joined one of the leading commercial banks in the Middle East, the National Commercial Bank (NCB), and went on to hold senior positions including corporate branch manager and head of private banking. 

Hafiz worked as an assistant professor at King Saud University in the accounting department from 1977-1983.

He has also acted as CEO for United Assets Co., an investment and real estate development company.

An economic and financial analyst and columnist, Hafiz has hosted several economic and finance programs on the Saudi Television Network. 

Along with his responsibilities as secretary-general, Hafiz serves as a board member for the General Organization of Social Security, the Saudi Broadcasting Corporation and Baazeem Trading Co.


Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Omaima Al-Khamis, a Saudi writer receives Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel at the American University (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

  • Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010

JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate).
The American University in Cairo Press (AUC) made the announcement on Wednesday. The awards are announced annually on the birth anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010.
In her acceptance speech, Al-Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz and described him as a great writer who taught the “magic and craft of” storytelling.