TheFace: Amal Nemengani, Innovation and Research Manager

Amal Nemengani. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 04 January 2019
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TheFace: Amal Nemengani, Innovation and Research Manager

  • Working and volunteering with disabled individuals has helped me to understand more about my fellow humans and their individual needs. It has made me naturally empathetic

Amal Nemengani I help those who want to be helped to discover a better version of themselves. It has become my mission in life to abate human suffering, one person at a time. My name — Amal — means “hope,” and I like to reflect this in my dealing with people.
I have 18 years of experience in the health care system. It’s been a challenging journey of self-discovery. I was under the impression that, in order to work in health care, I would have to specialize in medicine, but that was not the case for me. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English literature, but I was intent on working in a hospital, and I quickly achieved that goal.
My first challenge was to tackle the status quo and be a leader of a team consisting of men and women in a society that was only just beginning to accept women in roles other than a teacher or doctor. There was one male member of the team, in particular, who found it very difficult to work for a female manager. It was hard to gain his trust, but once I had, he soon became one of the main assets of my team.
It was experiences like this that helped fuel my passion for change, inspired by Gandhi’s famous quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
I gained a master’s degree in health information systems and management from the US and studied two minors — the psychological and social aspects of disability, and health policy.
During my years in America, I liked to think of myself as a Saudi female ambassador to the US. I worked hard to bridge the gap between two very different cultures, and, as time passed, I took great comfort from volunteering and public speaking.
I am currently the innovation and research manager, and chair of the National Patient Safety Award at the Saudi Patient Safety Center, VRO. My tasks include coming up with innovative solutions to health problems, while empowering and engaging with patients and families to design services that cater to their needs from their own point of view, using a “Design Thinking” innovation methodology.
I continue to work for positive change, as I have for more than 18 years, and the innovative hub I work in, allows me to help on a wider scale.
Working and volunteering with disabled individuals has helped me to understand more about my fellow humans and their individual needs. It has made me naturally empathetic.
I have become focused on social entrepreneurship, partnering with a friend to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) training through the Amaleed Company to all students, including those with disabilities.
We aspire to “connect the dots” and meet the need for a comprehensive and affordable after-school program for students aged 3-18, one that complies with the National Transformation Program’s educational vision, and will inspire a generation of future thinkers who can lead the way to a better tomorrow for us all.


Azerbaijani envoy highlights KSRelief efforts

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Azerbaijani envoy highlights KSRelief efforts

  • Saudi Arabia has spent more than $100 million in recent years on humanitarian and development aid to Azerbaijan

RIYADH: Shahin Abdullaye, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has praised the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for its “distinguished and professional humanitarian work around the globe.”

Abdullaye met with Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief’s supervisor general, at the center’s headquarters on Wednesday to discuss the center’s relief efforts, including its humanitarian programs in Azerbaijan.

The envoy praised the “distinguished professional level shown by KSRelief in dealing with people in distress.”

The center’s efforts helped affected countries and peoples around the world, especially Azerbaijan, he said.

The Kingdom has spent more than $100 million in recent years on humanitarian and development aid to the republic, including shelter and humanitarian logistics, support for education, and rehabilitation of the water and sanitation system.

Saudi Arabia recognized Azerbaijan’s independence on Dec. 30, 1991, and was one of the first countries to provide active humanitarian assistance.

For five years from 1994 the Kingdom repeatedly provided refugees with food, medicine and other necessities.

In 2002, as part of a project to build secondary schools in Baku, the Saudi Fund for Development extended a loan of SR35.7 million ($9.5 million) to Azerbaijan.

Three years later the Saudi government offered Azerbaijan $50,000 in financial aid for demining operations and rehabilitation of people in liberated territories of the country.