Esam Al-Thukair, executive at Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises

Esam Al-Thukair
Updated 07 September 2019
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Esam Al-Thukair, executive at Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises

  • Al-Thukair began his career with the Capital Market Authority as a market controller, before he moved to the Saudi Industrial Development Fund in 2005

Esam Al-Thukair has been the vice governor of entrepreneurship advancement at the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat) since November 2017.
Al-Thukair graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. In 2015, he gained an executive master’s in business administration and management, after which he attended an intensive leadership development program at the Middle East Leadership Academy. He obtained a master’s degree in business administration and management from the Saudi Electronic University in 2016.
Al-Thukair began his career with the Capital Market Authority as a market controller, before he moved to the Saudi Industrial Development Fund in 2005. In 2010, he joined Al-Rajhi Capital as an associate from before earning a promotion in 2012, when he became a treasury representative for Al-Rajhi Bank.
Three years later, he joined Raz Holding Group as a finance director. He worked with Raz until 2017, then spent eight months heading investments for a family business. In November of that year, he took up his current position. Al-Thukair is also a board member of Al-Naqool for Readymix & Blocks and the Global Investment House.
Recently, King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) hosted a graduation ceremony in Riyadh to celebrate 20 technological innovations from its students in 2019.
Al-Thukair attended the graduation ceremony.


King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

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King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

  • Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz
  • The rapper, singer, designer, model and now actor considers himself a 'Saudi ambassador of arts to the US' 

RIYADH: With his long dreadlocked hair, handsome Arabian looks and a quiet disposition, Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.”

His family history runs deep with the Al-Saud family. “My great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz,” Rakan told Arab News.  

His family’s lineage goes back to the days of King Abdulaziz as they are considered the official “Al-Arda” dance performers. They have been performing the pre-war and celebratory dance for over a century, before the founding of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His uncle, Salah Abdulwahid, is featured in the movie, as the main Al-Arda performer.

The Saudi actor felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom, not only physically resembling the king, but also embodying his charisma.

Before the shooting of the movie, he began reading up on anything he could get his hands on to learn more about the founder’s personality, to try and pefect his character and do him justice on the big screen.

Born in the US and raised in the Kingdom, and an avid athlete in his youth, he was a soccer player until he broke his hip in a tournament.

The multitalented actor not only shines through on the big screen, but is a rapper, singer, model and designer. As a lover of the arts in all forms, he believes that culture can build bridges across the world.

He has vowed to represent his country in a positive manner while breaking stereotypes about Saudi Arabia. He also speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

The actor obtained four degrees in just 7 years, having majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business and math from Northeastern University.

He later continued his education and received his master’s in engineering project management and an MBA certificate in global supply chain management. However, that didn’t stop him from taking law classes at Harvard for a semester.

As a child he would write 300-page stories, cooked passionately and danced with abandonment.

He returned to his homeland to play one of the most influential people in the Kingdom’s history: Its founder King Abdul Aziz.