Mohammed Alajmi new GM of Deutsche Bank Riyadh

Mohammed Alajmi
Updated 23 September 2018
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Mohammed Alajmi new GM of Deutsche Bank Riyadh

Deutsche Bank has announced the appointment of Mohammed Alajmi as general manager of Deutsche Bank AG Riyadh Branch in Saudi Arabia. 

Jamal Al-Kishi, chief executive officer, Middle East and Africa, said: “Over 12 years, our bank has grown its presence in the Kingdom to now boast one of the largest populations of local Saudi talent at any international financial institution. The development of our workforce is just one example of Deutsche Bank’s deep commitment to the Kingdom and Mohammed’s appointment is a further reflection of the strength of our local Saudi team, of which we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “I am confident Mohammed will utilize his impressive network and deep local knowledge of the financial sector.” 

In his new role, Alajmi will oversee the bank’s business regulated by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), working closely with business units and infrastructure functions to deliver the bank’s services to its Saudi clients whilst ensuring strict compliance with regulatory requirements.

Alajmi joined Deutsche Bank in 2012 after more than a decade’s experience working in local financial institutions in the Kingdom. He was appointed chief operating officer in June 2015 overseeing the bank’s activities across all businesses and infrastructure functions.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”