FaceOf: Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah, Saudi businessman

Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah
Updated 12 December 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah, Saudi businessman

Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah is a Saudi businessman and chairman of  Special Direction, a business consultancy house. 

Special Direction was established in 2007 by a group of local and international business consultants from various backgrounds. This team of professionals has been providing businesspeople with world-class consultancy, HR services, and training programs for the last 11 years to improve companies’ performances, and employees’ lives. 

Dr. Khawandanah has prolific experience in the world of business. He has set up more than several successful companies in the Middle East and Europe and is a board member of numerous organizations. 

He is an executive member of the board and the president of the Corporate Responsibility Committee at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-SA), Saudi Arabia. 

Dr. Khawandanah holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran. He also holds an MBA degree in corporate management from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.  He holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, and he is certified in strategic management from Harvard University in the US. 

In his career, Dr. Khawandanah has received several awards and titles. He is also a recipient of the King Khalid Award For Responsible Competitiveness in December 2015.

During the 5th annual alumni conference organized by the US mission in Saudi Arabia, Jeffrey Willey, cultural affairs officer at the US Consulate praised Dr. Khawandanah, for his key role in organizing the event, which attracted about 125 alumni from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dhahran.

The event was held at the Jeddah Youth Hub with Saudi graduates of US schools, colleges, universities and visitor programs taking part in interactive sessions and workshops.


King Salman attends closing ceremony of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near Riyadh

Updated 23 March 2019
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King Salman attends closing ceremony of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near Riyadh

RIYADH: King Salman on Saturday attended the closing ceremony of the 3rd King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near the capital Riyadh.

The king was received on his arrival by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, and a number of officials.

The king welcomed Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s representative Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saadi, Kyrgyz Premier Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, representative of the King of Bahrain for Charity Works and Youth Affairs Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and other guests at the camel festival’s closing ceremony. The king then handed prizes to winners of the festival. King Salman and the attendees also watched a folk dance performance.

Saudi Camel Club Chairman Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin said that the king’s patronage of the closing ceremony was the culmination of efforts to organize the festival and consolidate its heritage.