TheFace: Dr. Taghreed Alsaraj, a master educator and motivational speaker

Dr. Taghreed Alsaraj: Helping entrepreneurs start their own businesses. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 21 September 2018

TheFace: Dr. Taghreed Alsaraj, a master educator and motivational speaker

  • A drive to ensure her students excel in their education and careers keeps her passion for teaching alive

JEDDAH: Dr. Taghreed Alsaraj has traveled the world as a master educator and motivational speaker, but it’s here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that Alsaraj says lies her heart.

Growing up as a child in Washington DC, Alsaraj said she was used to moving countries from an early age since her father worked as a diplomat. From the US she moved to France and Pakistan, only to return to the country once again to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Miami in Florida where she began her career as a research assistant.

Once married, she moved to London to complete her Ph.D. at the UCL Institute of Education — the education school of University College London. Once done, she worked at Birkbeck, a public research university and a constituent college of the University of London.

Later, she worked at the University of California, Berkeley as a researcher and as vice-chair of the Berkeley Entrepreneurship Program thereby becoming the first Saudi to hold the two positions at the prestigious school.

With newfound experience and a confidence to match, she once again started traveling the world — this time not to learn but to teach, after being invited for talks by universities in Japan, Istanbul, the UK, the US, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Alsaraj said that a drive to ensure her students excel in their education and careers keeps her passion for teaching alive. It also led to the culmination of an online course on and helped her author The Anxious Language Learner: A Saudi Woman’s Story — an Amazon best-seller which was later translated into Arabic.

Now back in Saudi Arabia, Alsaraj works as a consultant to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses with the help of the “Nine Tenths” program, sponsored by the Saudi Human Resource Development Fund and managed by Takamol Holding. This is when she is not working as a director on the board of the University of Miami’s Alumni Association, the Madinah Academy School in Madinah and as vice president of the International Coaching Federation’s Saudi chapter. 

KSRelief offers 40 electric wheel chairs to amputees in Sanaa

Updated 23 October 2018

KSRelief offers 40 electric wheel chairs to amputees in Sanaa

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has offered amputees and individuals with special needs 40 electric wheel chairs in Sanaa as part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to aid the people of Yemen.
The governor of Sanaa praised the Saudi center’s efforts in helping Yemeni people and offering the beneficiaries wheel chairs to help facilitate their movement and ease their suffering, which was a consequence of the war caused by Houthi militia.
KSRelief also signed a joint cooperation agreement to rehabilitate children recruited by the Houthi militia. The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, Supervisor General of KSRelief.
Al-Rabeeah said in a press statement that the seventh and eighth phases of the rehabilitation project for children recruited by the Houthi militias have been signed.
KSRelief in Aden also organized on Monday a technical support course in managing and coordinating the camps of displaced people, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The course aims to train supervisors of camps of displaced persons in several Yemeni governorates.
This training course comes within the humanitarian and aid projects being provided by KSRelief for the Yemeni people in all the Yemeni governorates.
In statements to the official Saudi Press Agency, Al-Rabeeah praised the Kingdom as a symbol of humanitarian action in the world and a shining sign in the provision of aid to needy countries.
Al-Rabeebah said: “The total number of Saudi financial contributions in international organizations and bodies amounted to just over $9 million, while total humanitarian, development and charitable projects amounted to $33 billion.