FaceOf: Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Maziad, CEO Saudi General Authority for Culture

Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Maziad
Updated 06 November 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Maziad, CEO Saudi General Authority for Culture

  • Al-Maziad was executive vice president of Saudi-based investment company Tharawat Holding Co. from 2015 to 2017
  • Al-Maziad took a bachelor’s degree from the College of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeee in the US

Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Maziad has been the CEO of the General Authority for Culture (GAC) since October 2017. 

The GAC is a government body with responsibility for literature, film and content, theater, performing arts, music and visual arts. 

Before his appointment, Al-Maziad was executive vice president of Saudi-based investment company Tharawat Holding Co. from 2015 to 2017.

Al-Maziad took a bachelor’s degree from the College of Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukeee in the US and a master’s degree in public administration from King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. 

He also took a number of executive courses at Columbia University, MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Stanford University and Harvard University.

Under Al-Maziad’s leadership, the GAC has signed a memorandum of understanding with King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to enhance cooperation in various cultural fields.

The MoU covered setting up programs at KAEC with the aim of attracting global expertise to strengthen and empower national local talent.

Al-Mazeed said: “The signing of the memorandum comes from the authority’s keenness to build goal-oriented and fruitful partnerships with KAEC.”


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.