International art exhibit opens in Jeddah

US Consulate General's Cultural Affairs Officer Jeff Willey, third left, with the participating artists. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 April 2019

International art exhibit opens in Jeddah

  • Mostafa said the exhibition is inspired by the spirit of transparency and openness, as called for in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan

JEDDAH: An international art exhibition, featuring artists from Saudi Arabia and seven other countries, has opened at the Abdullah Al-Qasabi Gallery of the Saudi Fine Art Center in Jeddah.
The US Consulate’s cultural affairs officer, Jeff Willey, opened the exhibition “Arts Nations,” which was attended by diplomats, journalists and businesspeople.
The exhibition co-organizer, Maysaa Mostafa, said the show, which opened on Thursday, is the first in Saudi Arabia to feature foreign artists.
Mostafa quoted Willey as saying he had not attended an art event with such artistic integration and harmony.
She also said the Italian consul, in his speech, “lauded the exhibition” because it “made us feel like we have one language in common.”
Saudi artists whose work is on display include Ahmed Jamal, Walaa Jamal, Walaa Al-AlShaikh, Siham Mansour, Heba Maraei and Salma Al-Sulami. The foreign artists come from Italy, Pakistan, France, Turkey, South Africa, Jordan and Egypt.
Mostafa said the exhibition is inspired by the spirit of transparency and openness, as called for in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.


Konrad Pesendorfer, president of the Saudi General Statistical Authority

Updated 30 March 2020

Konrad Pesendorfer, president of the Saudi General Statistical Authority

Konrad Pesendorfer is the newly appointed president of the General Statistical Authority (GaSat), the national statistical institute of Saudi Arabia.

Chaired by Mohammed Al-Jadaan, minister of finance and acting minister of economy and planning, GaSat’s board of directors appointed Pesendorfer as president after he served as acting president since last January.

Pesendorfer is one of the world’s prominent experts in managing statistical organizations. He will be working alongside GaSat’s team to improve and oversee statistical work and to achieve GaSat’s transformation goals by turning it into a world-class statistical authority.

Pesendorfer attained his master’s degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 1995 and his Ph.D. in economics and business administration from the same university in 2002. 

He worked as director general of Statistics Austria from January 2010 to December 2019 and was responsible for all statistical matters and international affairs.

Pesendorfer represented Austria in the European Statistical System Committee, the top decision-making body of the European statistical system.

He also served as chairman of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy between January 2016 and December 2019.

Together with the chief statistician of India, he was co-chairman of the International Comparison Program governing board of the UN/World Bank from November 2016 to December 2019, set up to calculate worldwide purchasing power parities.

Pesendorfer was also member of the Austrian Fiscal Council between November 2013 and December 2019, assessing and advising the government on fiscal policy issues. Between 2017 and 2019, he served as president of the Austrian Statistical Society.