Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed, senior adviser to the Saudi energy minister on research, development and industry

Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed
Updated 14 April 2019

Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed, senior adviser to the Saudi energy minister on research, development and industry

Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed is a senior adviser to the energy minister on research, development and industry.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1990. Subsequently, he joined the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh as a mechanical engineer.

In 1992, Al-Majed left for the US, where he studied for a master’s degree at the University of California in Berkeley, majoring in mechanical engineering and went on to receive his Ph.D. in the same major from the same university in 1997. 

While studying in the US, Al-Majed also worked as a teaching and research assistant at the university. He returned to Saudi Arabia and took up the position of assistant professor at King Saud University from 1997 until 2000, before joining the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), where he was director of the National Satellite Technology Center from 2000 to 2013. During that period, he also took on several other roles, including advanced manufacturing incubator supervisor from 2008 to 2012; and associate research professor from 2004 to 2013. In 2013, he also became a member of the external board of the mechanical engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley — a position he retains to this day.

From 2017 to 2018, Al-Majed was CEO of Taqnia Digital Manufacturing in Riyadh. He returned to KACST in 2018 as the ICI4 director, before taking on his current role in 2019. He recently took part in the Saudi Arabia Energy Forum 2019 and spoke on the Saudi industrial revolution 4.0.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.