Faisal Al-Sharif, director general of the Saudi Financial Sector Development Program

Faisal Al-Sharif
Updated 05 May 2019

Faisal Al-Sharif, director general of the Saudi Financial Sector Development Program

Faisal Al-Sharif is the director general of the Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP), one of the 13 executive programs launched by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) to achieve the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. 

As director general, Al-Sharif plays a key role in the creation of a diversified and effective financial sector to support the development of the Kingdom’s national economy.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Long Beach State University in California, US. Al-Sharif is an ACI certificate holder, which a globally recognized certificate that attests to the holder’s mastery of the fundamental instruments and structures of a modern treasury.

Before joining the FSDP, Al-Sharif worked at Deutsche Bank. He began his career in the bank as vice president of the Financing and Solutions Group (FSG) and went on to become head of Derivate Solutions.

During his tenure at Deutsche Bank, Al-Sharif was responsible for the bank’s structuring and hedging solutions offerings in Saudi Arabia. It was a key part of the bank’s initiative to expand footprint in the Middle East and North Africa for the FSG derivatives offering. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Al-Sharif also worked at MassMutual Financial Group in California and later Saudi British Bank.

Recently, he addressed the Financial Sector Conference in Riyadh. Thousands of delegates, including ministers from the finance, economy and strategic ministries, as well as leading policymakers from capital markets and the investment and insurance industries attended the event.

During one of the sessions, Al-Sharif spoke about the impact of government-driven savings programs in various emerging markets. He also highlighted the impact of new initiatives taken to encourage savings in Saudi Arabia.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.