TheFace: Haifa Aljedea, international relations professional

After 17 years in New York, Aljedea decided to return to Riyadh and contribute to initiatives under the Vision 2030 program. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 13 July 2018
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TheFace: Haifa Aljedea, international relations professional

  • In New York, Aljedea worked at the UN Counter-Terrorism Center
  • Aljedea is interested in the empowerment of Saudi women professionally

Haifa Aljedea is an international relations professional who was born in Riyadh and raised in New York City. 

Throughout her career, her work has revolved around creating strategic and effective international cooperation, by leveraging the strengths and capabilities of global stakeholders.

In New York, she worked at the UN Counter-Terrorism Center, which focuses on international capacity building with the aim of addressing and preventing violent extremism and terrorism.

She also worked on political and security issues at the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN, where she represented the Kingdom in the Security Council and the General Assembly.

After 17 years in New York, Aljedea decided to return to Riyadh and contribute to initiatives under the Vision 2030 program.

In her current role as the head of countries’ affairs to the chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development, the General Entertainment Authority, and the Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company, she is leading efforts to create and streamline strategic international partnerships that aim to enhance the impact of their work and achieve sustainable results.

“Saudi Arabia has a vast and strategic role to play in the international arena; my goal is to enhance this role while enabling our national objectives,” she said.

Outside of work, Aljedea is interested in the empowerment of Saudi women professionally, and is developing Track II diplomacy initiatives through the creation of economic and cultural ties between the Kingdom and countries such as Sweden, Italy and the US.

She has a master’s degree in conflict resolution and negotiation from Columbia University, a master’s in international relations from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. 


King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

The first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2022. (SPA)
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King Salman given update on progress of Red Sea Project

  • The king and crown prince were given an update on the progress of the bold tourism project
  • By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands

RIYADH: King Salman received a team from The Red Sea Development Company, led by CEO John Pagano, at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday
The team gave the king and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman a progress report on the ambitious tourism and leisure project.
Pagano gave a presentation detailing the master plan for the Red Sea Project and its economic and developmental objectives, which aim to establish it as a leading global destination in the luxury tourism sector.
The first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in 2022, will include up to 3,000 hotel rooms, an airport to serve the destination, and marinas, along with residential properties and recreational facilities.
By the time the project is completed, there will be 22 developed islands out of a total of 90 islands. It is expected to create 70,000 jobs and play a significant role in driving economic diversification in the Kingdom by attracting nearly a million visitors a year and contributing SR22 billion to the country’s GDP.
Following the briefing, the project team was congratulated by King Salman, who praised the project and its objectives to position the Kingdom on the global tourism map, create investment opportunities for local private-sector companies, and develop the country’s tourism industry while preserving the nation’s cultural and environmental heritage.