Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf bin Jamaan Al-Ghamdi, head of Saudi Arabia’s National Information Center

Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf bin Jamaan Al-Ghamdi
Updated 06 September 2019
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Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf bin Jamaan Al-Ghamdi, head of Saudi Arabia’s National Information Center

  • Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf bin Jamaan Al-Ghamdi is the first Saudi to pursue the degree of professorship in the field of software engineering

Dr. Abdullah bin Sharaf bin Jamaan Al-Ghamdi has been appointed by royal decree as head of the National Information Center (NIC).
Al-Ghamdi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information systems from King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh in 1991. He obtained his master’s degree in software systems technology from Sheffield University in the UK in 1993, and he holds a doctorate in software engineering from Sheffield which he received in 1997, as well as a post-doctoral degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 2004.
He is the first Saudi to pursue the degree of professorship in the field of software engineering.
Before he went into teaching, Al-Ghamdi worked as a C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence) Systems consultant with BAE Systems until 2010.
At KSU, he began as a teaching assistant, eventually becoming an assistant professor. He has also headed the postgraduate studies and staff training committee.
Between 2010 and 2014, he became a professor at KSU, and established the software engineering department at the university, currently acting as its chairman.
Al-Ghamdi is a certified IBM rational unified process specialist, systems architect, and quality manager. He is the general director and founder of the Knowledge Industry Eco-System (KIE).


Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry displays Iranian drones, cruise missiles used in Aramco attacks

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Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry displays Iranian drones, cruise missiles used in Aramco attacks

  • Defense ministry spokesman says attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran
  • Investigations are still underway to pinpoint the exact launch location, but definitely not yemen

RIYADH:

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia displayed Iranian drones and cruise missiles that it said were used in an attack against Aramco facilities at the weekend.

The attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran but investigations are still underway to pinpoint the exact launch location, defense ministry spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said at a news conference in Riyadh.

Weapons used to attack #SaudiArabia on display ahead of Defense Ministry press conference about Iranian involvement in Saturday's #Aramco attacks

However he said that the strikes came from the north and  definitely not come from Yemen, where Houthi militants claimed they had been launched from on Saturday. 

He said a total of 25 drones and missiles were launched at Khurais oil field and Abqaiq processing plant.  They included Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and “Ya Ali” cruise missiles. The same missiles have been used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, he said.

“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran," he told a news conference. “The evidence ... that you have seen in front of you, makes this undeniable.”

Earlier, the Saudi ambassador to London said Iran was almost certainly behind the attacks on an oil processing facility and an oil field that cut the Kingdom’s oil production by half. 

The US has blamed Iran for the attacks and officials told Reuters that they originated in south-western Iran and involved cruise missiles and drones.

Iran-backed Houthi militants initially claimed they had carried out the attack from Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is part of a coalition supporting government forces fighting the militia. 

*With Reuters