FaceOf: Dr. Malak Al-Nory, dean of graduate studies at Effat University

Dean Malak Al-Nory
Updated 27 June 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Malak Al-Nory, dean of graduate studies at Effat University

Dr. Malak Al-Nory is the dean of graduate studies and research at Effat University in Jeddah. She is the chair of the Research Council and the Graduate Council, as well as a member of the University Council and the Scientific Council.

After earning both her BA and MS in Public Administration from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Al-Nory served as a graduate lecturer at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, teaching graduate-level students the fundamentals of database management systems. 

In 2009, Al-Nory earned her Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University, after which she chaired the Department of Information Systems as well as serve as an assistant professor at Effat University.

A technologist, academician and strategic planner, Al-Nory was the first fellow in MIT’s “Ibn Khaldun fellowship for Saudi Women” program in 2012-13, as well as the first Saudi woman to present a paper at the International Desalination Association (IDA) Congress. 

The IDA is the leading professional society in desalination. While at MIT, Al-Nory conducted research on the supply chain for water in the Kingdom, presenting the results of this research in her paper “Water Desalination Supply Chain Modelling and Optimization: The Case of Saudi Arabia.” Her presentation was highly praised at the 2013 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse in Tianjin, China.

For her work on water resource supply chain identification and optimal desalination strategy, Al-Nory was appointed as International C3 ambassador by the Saudi Ministry of Energy, a platform she has used to inspire Saudi women to enter the energy field. 

Her accomplishments in the fields of water desalination and strategic resource management have been praised at international conferences and published in highly regarded scientific journals.

Along with her role as dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Effat University, Al-Nory is a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, engineering systems division, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.