TheFace: Nouf Aburas, technology strategist, Saudi entrepreneur

Nouf with her father Ahmed in Dammam. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 02 November 2018
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TheFace: Nouf Aburas, technology strategist, Saudi entrepreneur

  • Aburas founded @kurtstore in 2013
  • In 2016, she became a technology strategist, assessing and predicting global technology advances.

By day, Nouf Aburas works as a technology strategist. In the evenings, she is a social entrepreneur. Often, though, she finds herself balancing both these roles all day long.

Growing up, she was heavily influenced by her family, especially her grandmother, Anna Mona, who was a very strong woman, an extraordinary giver and a doer who never accepted that some jobs or tasks could only be done by men. As a result Aburas’s father is also a supporter of empowerment for women.

Aburas graduated in 2013 from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. During her time there, she had a chance to work with some very inspiring individuals, exposing her to a full spectrum of innovative possibilities to sustainably tackle social issues around the world. 

After graduating she worked as a negotiator with the Saudi Delegation to the UN Convention on Climate Change, then as a policy analyst, and as an environmental engineer at Saudi Aramco. In 2016, she became a technology strategist, assessing and predicting global technology advances.

Along the way, Aburas founded @kurtstore in 2013. It is a social enterprise that supports local, disadvantaged women and teaches them tailoring so that they can produce colored abayas as a sustainable means to fight poverty. 

In 2018 she co-founded Jonnah, another social enterprise, this time based in Al-Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. It supports refugees and helps them to regain their confidence and independence by giving them the opportunity to produce basic clothing that can be sold around the world.

When not working, Aburas enjoys woodworking and carpet making, as well as spending time with her beautiful dogs, Bliss and Boston.

“Lifting the disadvantaged is a moral obligation,” she said. “I believe in contributing to something larger than myself. I believe in impacting people, touching people and lifting people, whether as a policymaker, an engineer, a strategist or just as a citizen of this world.” 


King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

Updated 13 November 2018
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King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

  • The king will visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects
  • The Saudi Cabinet noted the visit by King Salman to Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration of a number of development projects

JEDDAH: King Salman will visit the northern regions of the Kingdom next week to inaugurate a number of development projects.
The king will also visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects, the Royal Court said in a statement on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Asheikh announced that the king will inaugurate the activities of the third year of the seventh session of the Shoura Council next Monday. The king will deliver a speech on Saudi Arabia’s internal and external policy.
The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday also noted the visit by King Salman to the two regions of Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration and laying the cornerstone of a number of development projects.
This reflects the king’s directives to provide services for all citizens and regions in the Kingdom for the achievement of further growth and development.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s directive to release prisoners and the insolvent in the regions of Qassim and Hail and pay their debts, considering it an extension of his care for insolvent and limited-income citizens.
The Cabinet reviewed the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian cause, pointing to the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)’s transfer of the Kingdom’s financial contribution to support the Palestinian Authority’s budget for August, September and October 2018, including an additional contribution totaling $60 million.
The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the bombing that took place in Mosul, northern Iraq; the suicide attacks in the Iraqi capital of Mogadishu and the Afghani capital of Kabul; and the attack in the city of Melbourne, Australia, confirming the Kingdom’s rejection of violence, terrorism and extremism, offering condolences to the families of the dead and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of scientific and cultural activities, stressing that the patronage of King Salman of the honoring ceremony of winners of the eighth King Khalid Award is considered an expression of his support for the prize to achieve its humanitarian, social and developmental goals.