FaceOf: Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan, executive director of the Saudi cyber security federation

Updated 05 May 2018

FaceOf: Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan, executive director of the Saudi cyber security federation

  • Al-Rakan was appointed executive director of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming (SAFCSP) just recently
  • She began her entrepreneurial career at age 18, trading in leather goods, and has worked in a broad range of industries, including education, journalism, publishing, information systems, banking and telecommunications.

JEDDAH: Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan has been appointed executive director of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming (SAFCSP), with the unanimous approval of board members impressed by her practical and administrative experience.

Saud bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, adviser at the Royal Court, chairman of the board of directors, SAFCSP, announced the appointment of Al-Rakan, whose many professional roles include being CEO of an educational organization, through his Twitter account, describing her as a great addition to the federation.

Al-Rakan is a graduate of the George Washington University Project Management Program.

She is also a Windsor Leadership Program Alumni. She is the managing director of Alimtiaz which includes Educational Initiatives and Edama projects.

She has more than 14 years’ experience in consulting, project management, communication and light manufacturing. She began her career at age 18 in the trading and importing of leather goods, and has worked in a broad range of industries, including education, journalism, publishing, information systems, banking and telecommunications.

In 2004, she established MITSCo, an information technology company specializing in programming mobile-phone applications, and continued in the technology field by expanding to sports portal programming and creating the Universal Sports web portal. In 2008, Alimtiaz Project Management and Consulting was established to provide consulting and business-advisory services to government organizations and local companies.

In 2010 she established Educational Initiatives to help develop educational and training programs in partnership with leading global organizations, focusing on promoting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to support Saudi businesswomen and train them in leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as technical and managerial training.

She also started an extensive program with leading global institutes and agencies offering extensive on-site research and development programs in support of SMEs.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah