FaceOf: Prince Faisal Al-Mashari, chairman of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

Prince Faisal Al-Mashari
Updated 17 May 2018

FaceOf: Prince Faisal Al-Mashari, chairman of the Saudi Education Evaluation Commission

  • The prince received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from King Saud University (KSU) in 1983
  • Prince Al-Mashari has been the executive director of the National Center for Assessment (Qiyas) since its inception on Aug. 19, 2000

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Mashari has been appointed chairman of the Education Evaluation Commission by its board of directors.

Al-Mashari expressed his gratitude to the chairman and board of directors for being chosen and for the trust that they had placed in him.

The prince received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from King Saud University (KSU) in 1983, a master’s in engineering from KSU in 1986, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Purdue University in the US in 1990.

Al-Mashari has been the executive director of the National Center for Assessment (Qiyas) since its inception on Aug. 19, 2000. 

Before that, he was appointed as an instructor on the faculty of engineering at King Saud University in 1983 and was promoted to lecturer after three years. He was an assistant professor before he became the dean of the engineering college.

Al-Mashari also served as adviser to the minister of higher education, as well as director of the Center for Research and Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Higher Education.

In 2012, the late King Abdullah chose Al-Mashari as vice president of Mawhibah — the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity. 

He is also a member of the board of the Education and Evaluation Board, as well as the Center for Research and Studies in Higher Education, and the Supreme Committee of Strategic Planning for Higher Education (Aafaq).

Al-Mashari has participated in many conferences, seminars and forums related to education, assessment and studies that help upgrade and develop secondary education. He has presented a number of seminars in which he represented the National Center for Assessment and its activities.


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

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G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.