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.


Website launched to support housing project in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Housing are working together to provide the necessary services for citizens from different social classes. (SPA)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Website launched to support housing project in Saudi Arabia

  • Real estate financing for January hit SR4.7 billion, and coming months were expected to see even bigger figures, Al-Hogail told Reuters news agency on the sidelines of a housing conference in Riyadh

RIYADH: A new website has been set up to support a housing project for 10,000 units in the Kingdom.
Housing Minister Majid Al-Hogail, and Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi on Sunday launched Benaa Housing, which will help construction companies and contractors contribute to a development program in the Kingdom.
Benaa Housing aims to speed up the process of building 10,000 housing units in various parts of Saudi Arabia by enabling small and medium enterprises in the construction sector to access and contribute to projects and opportunities. The estimated cost of the project is SR3.5 billion ($910 million).
“The Ministry of Housing is always keen to provide adequate housing, solutions, and services suitable to all families, especially the beneficiaries of the Housing Development Program in all regions of the Kingdom,” Al-Hogail said.
Al-Qassabi said the new platform would generate more business opportunities for small and medium enterprises and provide suitable apartments for middle-class and lower-income families.
“The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Housing are working together to provide the necessary services for citizens from different social classes and groups, and the new platform is the fruit of these efforts,” he added.
Earlier this month, the housing minister said he expected investments in the real estate financing sector to reach between SR60 billion and SR80 billion this year.
Real estate financing for January hit SR4.7 billion, and coming months were expected to see even bigger figures, Al-Hogail told Reuters news agency on the sidelines of a housing conference in Riyadh.
Saudi home ownership was growing between 6 and 7 percent annually, he said, adding that he hoped to raise home ownership to 15,000 new households per month by 2020, from a little over 10,000 per month now.
The ministry aims to increase housing ownership through policy and stimulating the private sector, according to its website.
The challenges facing the ministry are the limited availability of suitable units for all parts of the population; difficulty in accessing adequate housing finance; the inefficiency of the real estate sector and heavy reliance on government funding.
“Even though 47 percent of Saudi families already own their homes, we aim to increase this rate by 5 percentage points by 2020,” the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan states. Vision 2030 also aims to speed up construction and provide Saudis with high-quality, competitively priced housing, and to stimulate localization of the country’s construction industry.