TheFace: Nouf Aburas, technology strategist, Saudi entrepreneur

Nouf with her father Ahmed in Dammam. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 02 November 2018

TheFace: Nouf Aburas, technology strategist, Saudi entrepreneur

  • Aburas founded @kurtstore in 2013
  • In 2016, she became a technology strategist, assessing and predicting global technology advances.

By day, Nouf Aburas works as a technology strategist. In the evenings, she is a social entrepreneur. Often, though, she finds herself balancing both these roles all day long.

Growing up, she was heavily influenced by her family, especially her grandmother, Anna Mona, who was a very strong woman, an extraordinary giver and a doer who never accepted that some jobs or tasks could only be done by men. As a result Aburas’s father is also a supporter of empowerment for women.

Aburas graduated in 2013 from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. During her time there, she had a chance to work with some very inspiring individuals, exposing her to a full spectrum of innovative possibilities to sustainably tackle social issues around the world. 

After graduating she worked as a negotiator with the Saudi Delegation to the UN Convention on Climate Change, then as a policy analyst, and as an environmental engineer at Saudi Aramco. In 2016, she became a technology strategist, assessing and predicting global technology advances.

Along the way, Aburas founded @kurtstore in 2013. It is a social enterprise that supports local, disadvantaged women and teaches them tailoring so that they can produce colored abayas as a sustainable means to fight poverty. 

In 2018 she co-founded Jonnah, another social enterprise, this time based in Al-Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. It supports refugees and helps them to regain their confidence and independence by giving them the opportunity to produce basic clothing that can be sold around the world.

When not working, Aburas enjoys woodworking and carpet making, as well as spending time with her beautiful dogs, Bliss and Boston.

“Lifting the disadvantaged is a moral obligation,” she said. “I believe in contributing to something larger than myself. I believe in impacting people, touching people and lifting people, whether as a policymaker, an engineer, a strategist or just as a citizen of this world.” 


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.