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.


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.