FaceOf: Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan, president of KACARE

Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan
Updated 12 January 2019
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FaceOf: Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan, president of KACARE

  • Last week, Al-Sultan led a Saudi delegation at the ninth session of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi
  • In his speech, he reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to renewable energy

Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan is the president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and has held the rank of minister since June 2018.

He has also served as president of the Saudi Electricity Co. board of directors since last January.

Previously, Al-Sultan was the rector of King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran and sat on the board of directors at Saudi Aramco between 2003 and 2018.

He began his academic career as an assistant professor at KFUPM in 1990, rising through the university’s academic ranks before becoming rector in 2003. 

He was a visiting professor at King Saud University between 1999 and 2000, and an undersecretary at the Higher Education Ministry between 1999 and 2003.

Al-Sultan was acting director of Hail University from 2005 to 2007, and a member of the board of trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology from 2009 to 2017.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s in industrial engineering from KFUPM, receiving a master’s in mathematics from the University of Michigan as well as a Ph.D.

Earlier this week he led a Saudi delegation at the ninth session of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.

During his speech, he reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to renewable energy and said the government was working to build a sustainable renewable energy sector.

Saudi Arabia’s target is to generate 9.5 gigawatts by 2023, including from solar, wind and geothermal energy.

 


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

Updated 16 min 6 sec ago
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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.