FaceOf: Abdulrahman Altheeb, CEO Scopeer, Saudi crowdfunding platform

Abdulrahman Altheeb
Updated 02 October 2018

FaceOf: Abdulrahman Altheeb, CEO Scopeer, Saudi crowdfunding platform

  • Altheeb graduated from Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in 2015
  • Altheeb: The main goal of Scopeer is to fill the financing gap in Saudi Arabia and provide alternative financing options for startups and SMEs

Abdulrahman Altheeb is the chief executive officer of Scopeer, the first crowdfunding platform in Saudi Arabia.

He has been working in this position since September 2017. Scopeer is an equity-based project for entrepreneurs, startups and growing businesses in the Kingdom to connect with potential local and international investors. The Riyadh-based company was launched in 2017.

Altheeb’s tasks as the CEO include directing the company, developing business strategies and plans, working closely with the chief financial officer, and building strong relations with key partners.  

The Scopeer CEO began his career at Saudi carrier Flynas as a marketing trainee. Subsequently, he rose to the position of marketing communications executive. After serving in this position for over a year, he was appointed market research specialist and served in this position for one year and eight months.

Altheeb graduated from Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in 2015 receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications.

In a recent interview with Arab News, Altheeb said: “The main goal of Scopeer is to fill the financing gap in Saudi Arabia and provide alternative financing options for startups and SMEs by introducing crowdfunding to the market.”

Crowdfunding is one of the fintech solutions, the practice of funding a project or a venture by raising money through the collective effort of a large number of people who each contribute a small amount. 

It helps entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs by showcasing their businesses and projects via an online platform.

It is an internet-enabled way to raise money — typically from about $1,000 to $1 million — in the form of either donations or investments from multiple individuals. 


Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

Updated 23 October 2020

Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

JEDDAH: Six international organizations have completed two studies on e-learning in the Kingdom and praised its efforts in providing a rapid response, multiple options and continuous improvement during the coronavirus pandemic.
The studies involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.
The center said that the global organizations completed two comprehensive studies on the experience of public and higher education in Saudi Arabia during the pandemic, with the aim of documenting and studying the reality of the experience and coming up with initiatives to develop e-learning practices in accordance with current global practices and standards.
The studies were conducted with the participation of students, faculty members, teachers, parents and school leaders.
The number of participants in the public education study reached 318,000, while the number of participants in the higher education study reached 24,000.
The first study was prepared by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), with the participation of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Quality Matters (QM), the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) in the US.
The second study was prepared by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the cooperation of the Harvard Graduate School
of Education.
In the studies, reference comparisons were made with more than 193 countries. The two studies showed the Kingdom’s distinction in the diversity of options, including, for example, electronic content and satellite channels available for e-learning in public education.

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The studies on e-learning involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.

The percentage of countries that succeeded in providing these at the national level was only 38 percent.
The study conducted by the OECD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education included a comparison of the Kingdom’s response to education during the COVID-19 pandemic with 37 member states.
The results showed the Kingdom’s progress in 13 out of 16 indicators on the average of
these countries.
The study also revealed that teachers received significant support to overcome obstacles to e-learning.
The study of public education indicated that there was a clear strategy for the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in the Kingdom and address any issues.
OLC hailed the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Education in dealing with the crisis by providing a variety of options for e-learning, and the quick response to the pandemic and immediate shift to remote instruction.
The two studies recommended 71 proposed development initiatives for public education and 78 proposed development initiatives for higher education.
The National Center for e-Learning is working in coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the initiatives and begin their implementation.
The center announced that the organizations that conducted the studies would publish their results and complete the second phase at the end of the current semester.