FaceOf: Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, Saudi Human Rights Commission president

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban
Updated 16 March 2019
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FaceOf: Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, Saudi Human Rights Commission president

Since 2009, Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban has been president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, a government body founded in 2005 to defend human rights.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva recently, he said the Kingdom strikes a balance “between achieving the best systems and practices in the field of human rights, and the right to the development and preservation of the values of Saudi society.”

Al-Aiban was born in Riyadh in 1954, and is a former member of the Shoura Council. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the same university, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, political science and international relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

His experience includes working for the Saudi Arabian National Guard as an undersecretary, and in its office at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.