Khawla Al-Kuraya, Saudi research scientist

Dr. Khawla Al-Kuraya
Updated 30 April 2019
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Khawla Al-Kuraya, Saudi research scientist

  • Al-Kuraya is also a professor at the College of Medicine at King Faisal University in Riyadh
  • In 2010, King Abdullah granted the prestigious “First Rank King Abdul Aziz Medal” to Al-Kuraya

Dr. Khawla Al-Kuraya is a senior cancer research scientist at King Faisal Specialized Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) and is currently directing the King Fahd National Center for Children’s Cancer and Research, which has been operating under King Faisal Specialized Hospital and the Research Center in Riyadh since 2005.

She is also a professor at the College of Medicine at King Faisal University in Riyadh. She became a consultant and the principal clinical scientist at the KFSHRC in 2002. She has also worked as the director of the Department of Human Cancer Genomic Research. She is widely respected as a translational scientist whose work bridges the laboratory and clinical settings. She has focused on identifying the molecular signature of common Saudi tumors utilizing new technologies in the genetic cancer field.

She also remained a member of the Saudi Shoura Council between 2013 and 2017.  In 2010, King Abdullah granted the prestigious “First Rank King Abdul Aziz Medal” to Al-Kuraya. 

After receiving a degree in medicine from King Saud University School of Medicine in Riyadh, she went to the US where she completed her residency and fellowship in pathology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She obtained her board certification in clinical pathology and completed her fellowship in molecular diagnostics at the National Cancer Institute in the US. 


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.