Fahad Al-Harbi has been president of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation (SACA) at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) since April 2016.
He attained a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from King Abdul Aziz University in 2008, and a postgraduate diploma in business administration and management in 2013. He also attained many diplomas, including in management, networking, IT and Microsoft.
Speaking at the 2019 Global Aviation Summit in Riyadh, Al-Harbi said there had been a surge in women training in interpersonal skills, aviation security and air traffic control.
SACA was founded in 1962 as one of GACA’s main subsidiaries to train air traffic controllers in Saudi Arabia.
“In the last year, SACA has witnessed a 72 percent increase in female trainees, from 172 in 2017 to 295 in 2018,” Al-Harbi said.
In 2002, he joined Al-Khaleej Training and Education as a career development manager. He worked in several positions in this company, including regional manager and vice president of development until June 2009.
Al-Harbi worked at Zidny Training and Development as general manager from June 2009 until February 2011.
He later joined the Saudi Electronics and Home Appliances Institute as executive director until June 2015.
Al-Harbi worked as vice president of commercial programs at BAE Systems Saudi Development and Training before he moved to the SACA in 2016.