Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed, senior adviser to the Saudi energy minister on research, development and industry

Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed
Updated 14 April 2019
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Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed, senior adviser to the Saudi energy minister on research, development and industry

Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed is a senior adviser to the energy minister on research, development and industry.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1990. Subsequently, he joined the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh as a mechanical engineer.

In 1992, Al-Majed left for the US, where he studied for a master’s degree at the University of California in Berkeley, majoring in mechanical engineering and went on to receive his Ph.D. in the same major from the same university in 1997. 

While studying in the US, Al-Majed also worked as a teaching and research assistant at the university. He returned to Saudi Arabia and took up the position of assistant professor at King Saud University from 1997 until 2000, before joining the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), where he was director of the National Satellite Technology Center from 2000 to 2013. During that period, he also took on several other roles, including advanced manufacturing incubator supervisor from 2008 to 2012; and associate research professor from 2004 to 2013. In 2013, he also became a member of the external board of the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley — a position he retains to this day.

From 2017 to 2018, Al-Majed was CEO of Taqnia Digital Manufacturing in Riyadh. He returned to KACST in 2018 as the ICI4 director, before taking on his current role in 2019. He recently took part in the Saudi Arabia Energy Forum 2019 and spoke on the Saudi industrial revolution 4.0.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.