Ahmed Al-Sharqi, chief sector development officer at Saudi General Entertainment Authority

Ahmed Al-Sharqi
Updated 04 July 2019

Ahmed Al-Sharqi, chief sector development officer at Saudi General Entertainment Authority

Ahmed Al-Sharqi has been the Saudi General Entertainment Authority’s (GEA) chief sector development officer since January 2018.

He has also been a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) since February 2019.

In 2017 Al-Sharqi served as a chief operations officer with the GEA, contributing to the establishment of the entertainment industry in the Kingdom by structuring and streamlining the delivery of licensing and oversight services.

He was the mass-participation executive director on the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee between 2016 and 2017 and helped draw up the country’s strategy toward promoting exercise and physical activity.

Between 2005 and 2016, Al-Sharqi worked for Saudi Arabia’s second mobile network operator, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat Co.), holding various positions.

In 2013, he gained a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Leicester, in the UK. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University, in Tennessee.

On behalf of the GEA, Al-Sharqi recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Colleges of Excellence, represented by its CEO, Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The agreement aims to enhance cooperation between the two bodies and transfer expertise in the fields of training, education, and human resources development, while also promoting the entertainment sector by enrolling young Saudi talent.


Saudi military opens first women’s section

Updated 27 min 15 sec ago

Saudi military opens first women’s section

  • The initiative is the first to allow women to climb the ladder towards senior ranks

JEDDAH: Saudi military chief of staff, Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, launched the first military section for women in the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces on Sunday.

The director general of admission and enlistment, Maj. Gen. Imad Al-Aidan, explained the regulations of acceptance, and allocated locations where the female staff will be stationed.

Under the initiative to incorporate more women into the field, previously announced in October 2019, women can now join the military as lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants in the Royal Saudi Land Forces, Air Force, Saudi Arabian Navy, Air Defense Forces, Strategic Missile Forces and Armed Forces Medical Services.

The initiative is the first to allow women to climb the ladder towards senior ranks.

Former Shoura Council member Haya Al-Muni’I previously told Asharq Al-Awsat that these new laws support women’s rights and capabilities in the Kingdom’s military.

“Naturally, they will enter a new sphere of work. It’s a reflection of a national belief in the equality between women and men,” she said.

The initiative is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Program, pushing for the empowerment of women and giving them more leadership positions, and highlighting the significance of their involvement across different fields.