FaceOf: Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, Group CEO at Saudi Telecom Co

Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser
Updated 14 November 2018
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FaceOf: Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, Group CEO at Saudi Telecom Co

  • Al-Nasser has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and the establishment of the mobile network and its extensions
  • Al-Nasser holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Saud University in Riyadh

Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser has been Group CEO at Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) since February 2018 and its chief operating officer since January 2015.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and the establishment of the mobile network and its extensions. His career started in the 1990s when he played an active role in STC GSM network expansions across the Kingdom.

Before joining STC, Al-Nasser was the chief technology officer of Etihad Etisalat Co. between 2007 and 2015. His responsibilities included setting the strategies related to convergence and new technologies, planning and implementing smart networks, and leading business activities such as budgeting.

He also worked at the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) between 2003 and 2005 as technical standards and numbering director.

Al-Nasser holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Saud University in Riyadh.  He was recently elected as a board member of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).

The GSMA board has 26 members, including 25 operator representatives from the world’s largest operator groups. It announced the election of new board members for two years from January 2019 to December 2020.

Al-Nasser said that electing STC as a member of GSMA board is an important achievement for the Kingdom’s communications sector. The membership will enhance the Kingdom’s influence on the international and regional policies regulating the communications sector, he said.


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.