Saleh Al-Rasheed, governor of Saudi Arabia's General Authority for SMEs

Saleh Al-Rasheed
Updated 07 May 2019
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Saleh Al-Rasheed, governor of Saudi Arabia's General Authority for SMEs

Saleh Al-Rasheed is the governor of the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (Monshaat). Previously, Al-Rasheed was the CEO of Riyadh Airports Co. He led the privatization program for the air transport sector, as well as all services, works, assets and properties at the airport, and the digital transformation program at King Khalid International Airport. 

Al-Rasheed took over the management of the Saudi Organization for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (MODON). 

He supervised the management and launching of several initiatives and projects to support small and medium enterprises in the industrial sector, the most important of which were launching the Finished Factories Product and Cities Oases, as well as setting up industrial incubators.

Al-Rasheed also took over the supervision of the development and operation of industrial cities whose value exceeded SR15 billion ($4 billion).

Al-Rasheed holds a master’s degree in business administration from the IMD Institute in Switzerland, also a BA in computer science and information technology from King Saud University, as well as advanced leadership degrees from IMD, MIT and Harvard.

Recently, Al-Rasheed addressed the Financial Sector Conference in Riyadh. Thousands of delegates took part, including ministers from the finance, economy and strategic ministries, and leading policymakers from capital markets and the investment and insurance industries.

During one of the sessions, he spoke about bridging the skills gap in finance and technology. There is wide recognition that an overhaul of the Saudi education system is required to provide future-proof skills. 

However, shorter-term action is required to ensure the availability of financial and tech skills in Saudi Arabia, including both local and expat talent, and several local initiatives are underway.

The session also discussed: How can government and industry collaborate to fast-focus skills development?, What is the status of new initiatives such as the Finance Academy and How can Saudi Arabia become the go-to destination for international finance and fintech talent?


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.