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.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.