FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority

Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem
Updated 06 September 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority

Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem is the chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority.

Al-Swailem received Peter Mehravari, who serves as the US intellectual property (IP) attache for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on Wednesday in Riyadh.

During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of collaboration in the field of intellectual property and ways of developing and enhancing them.

Al-Swailem holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK in biotechnology and genetic engineering. He has carried out research in genomics, peritomics, biosafety and genetic modification.

He served as an adviser at the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as at UNESCO. 

He has been vice president for Scientific Research Support at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology since 2009. He served as a supervisor at the Institute of Natural Resources and Environmental Research for 10 years.

He chaired the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (UNESCO) during 2009-2011; he also chaired the National Bioethics Committee (NCBE) as well as the supervisory committee for the preparation of the strategic plan for traffic safety.

Al-Swailem was on the board of directors at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, and on the board of directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission. 


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 47 min 22 sec ago
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”