PwC welcomes a record 104 Saudis in annual graduate intake

Riyadh Al-Najjar, PwC KSA Country Senior Leader
Updated 29 September 2019

PwC welcomes a record 104 Saudis in annual graduate intake

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Saudi Arabia welcomed 104 new graduates to its offices in the Kingdom. The new graduates are part of a larger pool of 322 new graduates who joined PwC across its 12 offices in the Middle East.
With the Kingdom ushering in a new era of change and a strong focus on nurturing and developing its local talent, this year’s PwC graduate intake, a record of 100 percent Saudi nationals, is a testament to the efforts already underway. PwC aims to play its part in bringing the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to life and contribute to the local economy.
Riyadh Al-Najjar, PwC KSA country senior leader, said: “With the ever-changing trends shaping our region — from technological breakthroughs all the way through to demographic, socioeconomic shifts, resource scarcity among others — helping the communities in which we live and work to navigate these waves and help solve their most important problems has always been part of our DNA as a firm.


100% of KSA graduates are Saudi nationals.

35% of KSA graduates are women.

“We are also extremely proud of the fact that almost 35 percent of our new grads are women — our desire to help build the future female leaders of tomorrow continues to be a key priority for
our firm.”
PwC Middle East People Partner Emma Campbell said: “At PwC, we are proud to provide the opportunity for graduates to be themselves, to work on their individual growth and to unlock their potential by offering them a fulfilling career and a rewarding professional journey within the firm. Technology, automation and artificial intelligence are disrupting how we work in this rapidly changing world; yet human intervention is always needed to help us achieve our purpose.
“We are committed to developing young talent and to pave the way for the leaders of tomorrow as part of our continued confidence to invest in the region.”
The graduates attended an induction session in Dubai, in which they interacted closely with the Middle East leadership team and received an overview of the firm and its strategy.

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.