Ziad Al-Yousef, managing director of Saudi Payments

Ziad Al-Yousef
Updated 30 March 2019

Ziad Al-Yousef, managing director of Saudi Payments

Ziad Al-Yousef, the managing director of Saudi Payments, plays an influential role within the payments and financial services communities in the public and private sectors not only in Saudi Arabia but throughout the Middle East.

Between 2000 and 2005, he studied for a bachelor’s degree in information systems at King Saud University. He then joined the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority as a system analyst, where his many roles included designing, implementing and managing a set of applications that allowed bank members access to SAMA services. 

In 2009, Al-Yousef became head of quality assurance, and in August 2010 he was appointed head of systems development. While continuing in this position, in 2012 he decided to further his education and enrolled at Al-Faisal University, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2013. 

Al-Yousef became director of information technology for SAMA’s Payment Systems Department in 2015. The same year, he completed the Program for Leadership Development, a six month course from Harvard Business School, one of the world’s most prestigious business schools.

Al-Yousef this week will take part in a major Saudi forum highlighting the world of electronic apps. The event, organized by the Saudi Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, begins on Tuesday at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh. 


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

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Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.