Saudi International a landmark moment for KAEC

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter shows off his bunker skills for local KAEC youngsters.
Updated 20 February 2019
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Saudi International a landmark moment for KAEC

Dustin Johnson’s victory at the inaugural Saudi International powered by SBIA has been heralded as the beginning of a new era for sport and entertainment in the Kingdom, delivering the first example of a modern Saudi lifestyle for global audiences. 

On a weekend which will be remembered in the annals of golfing history, four of the five best-ranked players on the Official World Golf Ranking joined the field at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, a leisure development which epitomizes King Abdullah Economic City’s (KAEC) status as a champion of sports and entertainment in the Kingdom. 

As world Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau blazed a new trail for golf on-course, history was being made away from it, as globally recognized entertainers Mariah Carey, Sean Paul and Tiesto performed in the Kingdom for the first time. 

Drawing over 10,000 revelers, the household stars headlined an entertainment program, which also saw the premiere of the critically-acclaimed film, Rise. 

“There is no question, the week of the Saudi International powered by SBIA will stand as one of the most important in KAEC history,” said Ahmed Linjawy, KAEC Group CEO. “For me, it has been an honor to see King Abdullah Economic City play a central role in proceedings and to set the stage for a moment which will live long in the memory of our nation, and hopefully with audiences worldwide.”


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.