FaceOf: Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, Saudi minister of state for African affairs

Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan
Updated 07 December 2018

FaceOf: Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan, Saudi minister of state for African affairs

  • Kattan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978
  • Kattan has been the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League since 2005

Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan has been the minister of state for African affairs since Feb. 26, 2018 and the dean of the Arab diplomatic corps since 2013. 

On Thursday, Kattan headed the Saudi delegation at the donor coordination conference to finance the Priority Investment Programme (PIP) of the Group of Five Sahel countries (G5 Sahel) for 2019-2021 in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.

The Kingdom’s participation in the conference underscores its role in promoting development and stability and its keenness to support efforts to combat extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region. 

Kattan has been the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Arab League since 2005. 

He was ambassador to Egypt between 2011 and 2018, receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Cairo University in 1978. 

Kattan joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978, and went to the Saudi Embassy in London in 1982. 

He was at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. between 1984 and 2005, becoming deputy to Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz in Washington between 2002 and 2005. 

He served as Saudi’s permanent observer to the Organization of American States between 1996 and 2005. He participated in UN sessions in New York from 1984 to 2005, and in Arab League summits from 2005.

He was the deputy president of the advisory committee of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in 2009, on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

 

 

 


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.