FaceOf: Dr. Muadi Al-Madhhab, Saudi Shoura Council member

Dr. Muadi Al-Madhhab
Updated 08 November 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Muadi Al-Madhhab, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • Al-Madhhab attained a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah
  • After serving as a faculty staff member at King Saud University in Riyadh, he took a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. 

Dr. Muadi Al-Madhhab is a member of the Saudi Shoura Council. It is the formal advisory board in the Kingdom. As a Shoura Council member since 2016, Al-Madhhab has supported the proposal and the drafting of numerous laws to the king for approval.

On Tuesday, the Shoura Council approved draft regulation to help protect informants, witnesses, experts and victims. This 39-article document aims to protect informants from attacks or threats in order to pave the way for them to come forward and disclose information. 

Al-Madhhab said: “The 39 articles cover aspects suggested by both the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Economy and Planning. They aim to protect whistleblowers who are reporting cases of corruption. In most cases those informants face managerial abuse, harassment and threats for coming forward with the truth.” 

If the draft resolution is approved by the king, it will apply to all governmental and private sectors. Al-Madhhab believes that it will help to build trust and encourage transparency and integrity.

Al-Madhhab attained a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. After serving as a faculty staff member at King Saud University in Riyadh, he took a master’s degree in public administration from the American University in Washington and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. 

Before serving as a member of the Shoura Council, Al-Madhhab was the dean of the College of Administrative and Human Sciences, as well as the dean of the faculty of business administration at King Saud University from 2009 to 2016. 


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”