FaceOf: Nadhmi Al-Nasr, newly appointed CEO of NEOM

Updated 05 July 2018

FaceOf: Nadhmi Al-Nasr, newly appointed CEO of NEOM

  • Beginning on Aug. 1, Al-Nasr, who is a member of Neom’s founding board, will transition from leading Neom Bay to becoming the overall CEO

Nadhmi Al-Nasr is the executive vice president for administration and finance at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a position he has held since 2008. 

On Tuesday, Al-Nasr was named as chief executive of Neom. 

Al-Nasr, who has more than 30 years of experience with Saudi Aramco and most recently has been the interim president for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), had worked on developing the strategy and development of NEOM Bay, one of the initial stages of NEOM’s $500 billion mega city on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast.

Beginning on Aug. 1, Al-Nasr, who is a member of Neom’s founding board, will transition from leading Neom Bay to becoming the overall CEO. 

His responsibilities will include furthering the strategic development, major initiatives, and business plans for NEOM’s core economic sectors.

Al-Nasr began his career with Saudi Aramco in 1978 after obtaining his BS in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. At Aramco, Al-Nasr spent his first three years in engineering services. 

In 1981, he began working on the execution of the Kingdom’s Master Gas System — the largest industrial project of its kind at the time, where he divided his work between Houston and on-site at the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant. The program was completed in 1984. 

In 1991, he began managing the massive and aggressive crude expansion program in the Ghawar oilfield, ensuring the Kingdom’s ability to fill the production gap caused by the loss of oil output from Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War. 

In March 2014, Al-Nasr was appointed by royal decree to serve as a member on the advisory board of the Supreme Economic Council, and in July 2014, became a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue.

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Updated 13 August 2020

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

  • Saudi Green Building Forum granted accreditation as an observer to UNEP governing body

RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs.
Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society.
SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN.
“The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments.
As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said.
“As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said.
SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development.
For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet.
Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said.
“UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and
most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.