Hashem Abu Baker, general director of the National Health Information Center

Hashem Abu Baker
Updated 30 September 2019

Hashem Abu Baker, general director of the National Health Information Center

Hashem Abu Baker has been the general director of the National Health Information Center (NHIC) since 2018. 

Previously, Abu Baker also served as the vice general director and assistant general director of the NHIC between 2017 and 2018.

From 2017 to 2018, he also served as the assistant supervisor of e-health programs and ICT at the information and communication technology department of the Ministry of Health.

From 2015 to 2017, Abu Baker was the health information communication technology director for Madinah. He also served as the national infrastructure director between 2013 and 2015, and the assistant director of e-health project management office between 2011 and 2013.

Abu Baker has extensive experience in information communication technology in government administration, having been an information technology manager between 2001 and 2009.

He completed his master’s degree in information system management from the University of Liverpool in 2009. 

The NHIC in association with the Saudi Health Council (SHC) organized Ideathon 2019 on Saturday in order to set a benchmark in emerging health care technology.

The objective was to enable the brightest national minds to create digital solutions through emerging technologies. Abu Baker said that Ideathon 2019 would be an intensive brainstorming event to help young talents generate fresh solutions to existing challenges in their communities.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.