FaceOf: Deemah Al-Yahya, executive manager of Misk Innovation

Deemah Al-Yahya
Updated 12 February 2019
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FaceOf: Deemah Al-Yahya, executive manager of Misk Innovation

  • Specializing in digital transformation, digital economy, and literacy skills, Al-Yahya serves to develop an innovative ecosystem that enables Saudi talent to thrive
  • Al-Yahya obtained her bachelor’s degree from King Saud University

Deemah Al-Yahya is the executive manager of Misk Innovation, which is part of Misk Foundation. 

Specializing in digital transformation, digital economy, and literacy skills, Al-Yahya serves to develop an innovative ecosystem that enables Saudi talent to thrive through the development of entrepreneurial and tech businesses and communities. 

On Saturday, the Misk Foundation celebrated the completion of the second edition of Saudi Codes at an event in Riyadh. 1,025,971 participants ranging from ages eight through 65, 53 percent of which consisted of women, completed courses in the MakeCode, JavaScript, and Python programming languages. 

The courses were available in 192 provinces, cities and villages across Saudi Arabia, as well as to Arabic-speaking participants in 139 countries worldwide.

Saudi Codes is a partnership between Misk, the Saudi Ministry of Education, the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Saudi Telecom Co. It is an educational initiative designed to teach people computer programming in an accessible and relevant way. 

Speaking at the event, Al-Yahya welcomed the collaboration between different sectors, saying: “This partnership has brought new skills and opportunities to a wider array of people than ever before.”

Al-Yahya obtained her bachelor’s degree from King Saud University, after which she obtained her master’s degree from INSEAD. Currently, Al-Yahya is pursuing her Ph.D. at Harvard Business School. 

Along with her work with Misk Foundation, Al-Yahya is a member of the Global Future Council for Digital Economy and Society at the World Economic Forum, a member to the advisory board at STC Academy, and a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming.


FaceOf: Ibrahim Neyaz, executive director at the Saudi National Center of Performance Measurement

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FaceOf: Ibrahim Neyaz, executive director at the Saudi National Center of Performance Measurement

Ibrahim Neyaz is executive director of performance measurement at the Saudi National Center of Performance Measurement (Adaa). 

The center recently launched a smartphone application that will help measure people’s satisfaction levels with government services. The app, Watani, allows users to provide performance feedback directly to government organizations. 

“The Watani application aims to improve the performance of all government entities and services nationally,” said Neyaz.

Neyaz gained a bachelor’s degree in information systems at King Saud University in 2004.

After completing his bachelor’s he worked for a year as an Oracle application developer at Eamar Al Byader Co. He then worked for two years as development counselor at the Saudi Electricity Co. 

In 2013, he completed a master’s of science at Central Michigan University in the US and, in 2017, entered the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program. 

After graduating he joined the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, where he worked for almost eight years. 

He was director of the business process management and strategic information department when he left the company in 2015.

In 2016, Neyaz joined Adaa, where he leads a team responsible for ensuring the government is working toward its goals and is responsible for the performance evaluation of government entities.