Mariam Al-Ghamdi, Saudi actress, radio host, director and writer

Mariam Al-Ghamdi
Updated 30 March 2019

Mariam Al-Ghamdi, Saudi actress, radio host, director and writer

Mariam Al-Ghamdi is a Saudi actress, radio host, director and writer. She was one of the first women to feature on live radio in the Kingdom, reading the newscast in 1962.

She began scriptwriting for TV in 1984, which paved the way for a career as a producer from 1993. She subsequently forged a successful career as an actress, appearing in shows including “Selfie,” “Sayf Barid,” “Harat Al-Shaykh” and “Hawameer El-Sahraa, as well as in the movie “Wadjda.”

Al-Ghamdi earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah in 1989, and has written many story collections, such as “Ahobbak wa Lakin” and “Asmaa wa Nisaa.” 

Al-Ghamdi appeared on the red carpet at the fifth Saudi Film Festival at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran on Thursday.

She praised Ithra for organizing the festival and supporting young filmmakers in Saudi Arabia, saying: “In the past Saudi filmmakers were on their own, but thanks to Ithra, they now have the support they need.”

She was particularly excited at the progress of women in Saudi cinema: “I am truly proud of what they have achieved, and I hope to have played a part in bringing it about.”


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.