FaceOf: Huda Al-Ghoson, executive director of HR at Saudi Aramco

Huda Al-Ghoson
Updated 21 December 2018
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FaceOf: Huda Al-Ghoson, executive director of HR at Saudi Aramco

  • Al-Ghoson graduated from King Saud University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1980
  • Al-Ghoson is a member in the board of trustees at the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management

Huda Al-Ghoson has spent more than 30 years working for the Middle East’s largest company.

She has been executive director of human resources (HR) at Saudi Aramco since 2012, making her the first Saudi woman to take on a leadership role at the company. 

Before that, she was HR director of policies & planning between 2006 and 2009 and headed the training and development division later that year.

Al-Ghoson graduated from King Saud University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1980. She then attended the American University in Washington, DC for a Master’s degree in business administration, which she completed in 1986.

She also attended several training programs at leading universities, including Cornell and the University of Michigan in the US and Oxford University in the UK.

Al-Ghoson is a member in the board of trustees at the Arabian Society for Human Resource Management and a member of two consultation committees at the Saudi Electricity Company.

She also sits on the board of directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance.

Al-Ghoson ranked fourth in a Forbes list of the most powerful Arab women in the field of executive management. She came seventh in a 2015 Arabian Business list of the most influential figures in the energy domain and won its Arab Woman Award in 2014.

She will discuss the companies efforts in training and empowering women at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival, an annual celebration of Saudi heritage and culture that kicked off on Thursday. 

The festival will host a series of seminars and other events in Riyadh featuring guest speakers from the Kingdom and around the world.


Saudi Arabia says UN Khashoggi report contains ‘baseless allegations’ and ‘contradictions’

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Saudi Arabia says UN Khashoggi report contains ‘baseless allegations’ and ‘contradictions’

  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained 'nothing new.'
  • Saudi Arabia late indicted 11 people for the killing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that a report by a UN expert on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi contains “baseless allegations” and “contradictions.”

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said the report contained “nothing new.”

He said the judicial authorities in the Kingdom are the only ones competent to investigate the case and that a number of suspects have already been arrested.

The report “contains clear contradictions and baseless allegations which challenge its credibility,” he said on Twitter.

“We strongly reject any attempt to prejudice the Kingdom’s leadership or to remove the case from the course of justice in the Kingdom or influencing it in any way.”

The report released Wednesday by UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, said the murder of Khashoggi was the responsibility of the state of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia late last year indicted 11 people for the killing and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five of them.

Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi was killed by a “rogue operation” in a botched attempt to repatriate him. 

Al-Jubeir said the trials are being attended by representatives from the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in addition to Turkey and Saudi human rights organizations.