FaceOf: Saudi-American photographer Tasneem Alsultan

For Tasneem Alsultan, artistic photography has no limits
Updated 03 November 2018
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FaceOf: Saudi-American photographer Tasneem Alsultan

Tasneem Alsultan is a Saudi-American photographer whose work is known for highlighting gender and social issues within Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, Athr Gallery hosted the first Saudi edition of GPP Slidefest in Jeddah. The highly popular art slideshow format saw inspirational Saudi and regional artists and photographers display their latest creative works through intimate, personal, and powerful artistic narratives.

Alsultan has covered local art stories in Saudi Arabia for both Vanity Fair Italy and Vogue Italia, and her photography has been featured in publications such as the New York Times Lens Blog.

Alsultan’s art presentation was an unconventionally honest wedding-themed slideshow. Having photographed more than 120 weddings worldwide, she specializes in capturing what could only be described as the imperfectly perfect candid shots. In recent years, she has been selected by the British Journal of Photography as one of the 16 emerging photographers to watch.

Alsultan works as a freelance investigative writer and photographer in the Middle East for international media organizations. She works on hard news stories as well as longer features. She received her basic education in the UK. Later she received her bachelor’s degree from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. She also received a master’s degree in social linguistics and anthropology from Portland State University, US. 

She worked as a lecturer for some years in universities between Saudi Arabia and the US, and then ventured into photography, beginning her career as a wedding photographer.


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.