FaceOf: Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the KSA's Royal Commission for Al-Ula

Amr Al-Madani
Updated 22 February 2019
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FaceOf: Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the KSA's Royal Commission for Al-Ula

  • Al-Madani attained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in 2003
  • He completed his Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from the Harvard Business School in 2014

Amr Al-Madani has been CEO of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula since August 2017, prior to which he was the founding CEO of the General Entertainment Authority from November 2016 to May 2017.

He is also cofounder of the Saudi-based creative learning startup “TalentS,” which specializes in the fields of science, technology, engineering and innovation. 

Al-Madani attained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas in 2003. 

He completed his Program for Leadership Development (PLD) from the Harvard Business School in 2014, and his Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2019. 

He was an electrical and power engineer at Saudi Aramco from July 2003 to July 2007, and executive director at the Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy from June 2010 to October 2016. 

He was part of a high-level Saudi delegation that visited India to showcase the royal commission’s work, creativity and future vision.

Al-Madani discussed with the Indian side development efforts in Al-Ula, and areas of cooperation pertaining to cultural exchanges, environmental tourism, and preserving heritage and cultural assets. 

“Our visit to New Delhi was a wonderful opportunity to invite the world to share our efforts to protect the natural heritage and share the rich cultural heritage of Al-Ula,” he said.


Islamic finance ‘key to Saudi Arabia’s economy’

Updated 2 min 32 sec ago
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Islamic finance ‘key to Saudi Arabia’s economy’

RIYADH: The Islamic finance industry’s role in stimulating the national economy was highlighted at a Riyadh workshop organized by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA).
Turki Al-Mutairi, SAMA deputy governor for research and international affairs, inaugurated the workshop, held under the banner “The Islamic Financial Industry’s Role in Achieving National Aspirations.”
More than 30 participants took part in the second edition of the workshop, which focused on the essential role the Kingdom’s Islamic financial industry played in the financing of small and medium enterprises.
In four keynote sessions, the core topics discussed were the role of SAMA in the Islamic financial industry, its growth within the sector, and the importance of the Islamic financial industry in supporting the overall financial structure of Saudi Arabia.
Ahmad Asiri, a representative of SAMA’s Islamic financial division, presented the first session.
The second session, presented by Raja Al-Marzoqi, associate professor at the Diplomatic Studies Institute, discussed achieving goals through a sustainable developmental plan, while also strengthening the competitive role of the Islamic economy in achieving sustainability in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
The third session sought to highlight the added value of the Islamic financial industry, and the necessity of its role in financing vital sectors that consist of small and medium enterprises.
The session was presented by Sami Al-Swailm, acting executive director of the Islamic Institute for Research and Training.
The fourth session, presented by Adnan Kaiari, head of the Islamic finance department at the Islamic Economy Institute, focused on the role of research and education institutes in raising awareness about the Islamic financial industry’s services.
Increasing financial awareness through programs that educate the public on the importance of mindful budgeting, building financial skills, as well as intelligent  spending was also discussed.