Rami Kinsara, director-general of Saudi Arabia’s Doyof Al Rahman Program

Rami Kinsara
Updated 10 June 2019

Rami Kinsara, director-general of Saudi Arabia’s Doyof Al Rahman Program

Rami Kinsara has been the director-general of the Doyof Al Rahman Program (DARP) since January 2018. 

Kinsara obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from King Abdul Aziz University in 2007. 

He graduated with first-class honors. He did master’s in engineering entrepreneurship and innovation from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada in 2010. 

He did his Ph.D. in conflict resolution and decision analysis and systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2015.

He also worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Waterloo in 2012.

Prior to joining DARP, Kinsara served as a director and adviser at the National Transformation Program from June 2016 to January 2018.

Kinsara has been teaching as a university professor at the King Abdul Aziz University since June 2015. 

His articles on various issues have been published in several international publications.

Kinsara has received a number of honors and awards. He was the winner of the first MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, and is a Certified Professional Engineer (CPE) from the Saudi Council of Engineers.

Last month, Kinsara joined Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Muhammed Salih Bentin in Makkah at the inauguration of the Doyof Al Rahman Program by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.