Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan, deputy minister at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan
Updated 17 September 2019

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan, deputy minister at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

  • Altheneyyan began his career as a lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan has been deputy minister for technology and digital capacities development at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology since December 2017. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from King Saud University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Old Dominion University, Virginia.

Altheneyyan began his career as a lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration. He also worked with the General Organization for Social Insurance and the Shoura Council as an IT consultant, and joined Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University as a part-time assistant professor.

In 2003, he joined Saudi Telecom Co. as a customer relationship management system technical leader, before becoming a manager of application and data architecture.

By the end of 2004, Altheneyyan joined Mobily, where he stayed for 10 years, starting as a customer support systems manager before becoming a senior manager for IT operations and then its director. 

He also served as vice president of IT operations, risk management and business continuity, and eventually became a chief technology operations officer from 2013 to 2015.

Althenneyan then joined the Defense Ministry as chief information officer and technology adviser until late 2017.

The third edition of the ICT competition was recently launched in Riyadh.

Altheneyyan said the initiative is part of the ministry’s strategic plans to qualify people in digital transformation, and to create a competitive environment that attracts and stimulates innovation and digital entrepreneurship.


Saudi embassy in China urges citizens to leave amid coronavirus outbreak

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Saudi embassy in China urges citizens to leave amid coronavirus outbreak

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in China on Sunday urged its citizens to leave the country for their safety amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The embassy issued a statement also urging its citizens to avoid visiting China, whether it be for business or tourism purposes.

The coronavirus outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 56 people in China and infected more than 2,000 globally, most of them in China.

The statement also called on Saudi residents and visitors in China to “remain in their residences, be careful and adhere to the preventive and health and safety measures until their opted departure.”

The virus has caused alarm because it is still too early to know how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people.

Like many countries, Saudi Arabia has started screening travelers arriving in the Kingdom from China. No cases have yet been recorded in Saudi Arabia.