FaceOf: Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas, governor of the Saudi Public Pension Agency

Updated 10 September 2018
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FaceOf: Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas, governor of the Saudi Public Pension Agency

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Talal Al-Nahhas has served as governor of the Public Pension Agency since his appointment in August 2016 upon a royal decree.

He is also a member of the board of directors at petrochemical manufacturing company SABIC, as well as the risk and sustainability and the remuneration and nomination committees.

Recently, he led his country’s delegation at the 116th session of the International Society for Social Security in Geneva.

Al-Nahhas has more than 30 years’ experience in banking, business development, and administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration from King Saud University in Riyadh, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Business Administration Program in the US.

He is also the chairman of a public pension agency-owned company, AI-Raidah Investment Company, and the auditing and risk committee at AI-Raidah Investment.

Al-Nahhas has held several prestigious positions in the banking field, including general manager of branches of Al-Inma Bank, and regional manager of the central region branches of SAMBA Financial Group.

He also played an important role in launching and operating the largest Islamic banking network in the Kingdom and the Middle East.

In addition, Al-Nahhas is an executive member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), a leading global organization that brings together institutions, bodies and government departments that manage any form of social security.

ISSA was founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labor Organization and it includes 322 organizations from 156 countries.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”