Waleed Al-Saadi, acting CEO of National Grid SA

Waleed Al-Saadi
Updated 25 August 2019

Waleed Al-Saadi, acting CEO of National Grid SA

Waleed Al-Saadi is the acting CEO of National Grid SA, which is owned by the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC).

National Grid SA is responsible for operating and maintaining the electrical grid, continuing its stability to ensure the transmission of electric power to load centers across the Kingdom.

Al-Saadi was previously the vice president of the technical services business unit at National Grid SA from 2012. Before that, he was the department manager of a substation in Riyadh from 2005 to 2011.

He worked at the SEC for more than 24 years. Between 1995 and 2004, he worked in a transmission substation covering general maintenance. His responsibilities included fault investigation, maintenance planning and managing lab protection activities. 

He is a member of several technical organizations, such as the Saudi Council of Engineering, the Arab Institute of Operations and Maintenance and the International Council on Large Electric Systems (Cigre). 

Al-Saadi holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh.

He has participated in several international conferences, covering power system protection development in the UK and Cigre meetings throughout the Middle East. 

Al-Saadi said that the company’s vision is to assist with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan and the strategic transformation program of the SEC, which seeks to make the Kingdom a regional electricity interconnection hub between Asia and Africa.

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.