FaceOf: Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada

Ambassador Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi
Updated 07 August 2018
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FaceOf: Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada

JEDDAH: Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada. He has been working in this position since 2014. 

He is also the president of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association and dean of the Council Of Arab League Ambassadors.

Al-Sudairi was born in Riyadh in 1963. He holds a master’s degree in political studies. 

Before he became the Kingdom’s ambassador to Canada, Al-Sudairi served as chair of the working group I of the UN Disarmament Commission.  He held that position for three years, between 2012 and 2014. His working group was focused on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. 

Al-Sudairi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. In 1997, he joined Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN in New York. He was elected to be a rapporteur of the Third Committee of Human Rights for the Asian Group at the UN session. He also served as the director general of the Specialized Organizations Department of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Al-Sudairi participated in organizing and presiding over several international working sessions. He also headed the Kingdom’s delegation in several international meetings.

Moreover, Al-Sudairi has published several studies on the working mechanisms of the UN, and on international relations. 

On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia declared the ambassador of Canada persona non grata and ordered him to leave in 24 hours, over Canada’s “interference” in Saudi Arabia’s domestic affairs. Moreover, all new business and investment transactions with Canada have been frozen. 

The Kingdom also recalled its ambassador, Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi for consultation. The envoy on Monday tweeted: “The Canadian position is a grave and unacceptable violation of the Kingdom’s laws and procedures. In addition to violating the Kingdom’s judiciary and a breach of the principle of sovereignty.”


Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

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Prince Sultan appoints Majed Al-Sheddi as assistant president of SCTH

  • Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens
  • Al-Sheddi holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has appointed Majed Al-Sheddi as the commission’s assistant president on Tuesday.
Al-Sheddi thanked the prince for the appointment, considering it a new way to serve both the country and its citizens based on what he has learned from Prince Sultan: citizens come first and serving them is an honor for every official.
He stated that the new mission will allow him to serve in more comprehensive areas, affirming the national identity and advancing in the national economic project SCTH has undertaken.
He expressed his pride in Prince Sultan’s confidence in him. He affirmed that the prince is an exceptional teacher in administration, leadership and values from which he has benefited for more than 15 years.
The new assistant president prayed to meet the prince’s high expectations and contribute to the course of growth and development based on Saudi Arabia’s deeply rooted values.
He holds two masters’ degrees in public relations and training and education techniques with a focus on marketing from Marshall University in West Virginia, US.
Before joining the commission, he was a member of the training body at the Institute of Public Administration, then SCTH’s director general of media relations, supervising organizing committees for the commission’s events.