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.”


EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

Updated 30 min 19 sec ago
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EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

 

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”