Alabbas Al-Ghamdi, director at Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority

Alabbas Al-Ghamdi
Updated 03 October 2019

Alabbas Al-Ghamdi, director at Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority

Alabbas Al-Ghamdi has been the director of the pharmaceutical segment at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) since March 2018.

He gained a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science from King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh in 1998 and a master’s in business administration from the University of Leicester in England in 2009.

Al-Ghamdi began his career in the pharmaceutical sector in 1999, working as a medical representative at Riyadh Pharma.

He joined Merck Sharp & Dohme in 2000 as a professional sales representative, and after a string of promotions became the company’s key account manager in 2008.

In 2011, he joined Sanofi Pasteur in Riyadh as a tenders and government affairs manager. Eighteen months later, he became national sales manager at the Gulf Pharmaceutical Industry (Julphar), a position he held until 2014.

Al-Ghamdi then worked for BUPA Arabia for almost four years. He was the head national SME NBD from 2015 to 2018, when he joined SAGIA.

On Wednesday, SAGIA announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with GL Rapha Co., which will result in significant localization of GL Rapha operations in the Kingdom.

Al-Ghamdi said in a statement: “This agreement is a clear signal that international investors and business leaders recognize Saudi Arabia’s potential for health care investment. Working together with our partners throughout the Kingdom and abroad, we are also proactively fostering a greater localization of health care services and pharmaceutical manufacturing to meet growing demand.” 


King Salman receives Kuwaiti deputy PM

Updated 23 October 2019

King Salman receives Kuwaiti deputy PM

  • During the meeting, the king conveyed his greetings to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
  • King Salman also received the credentials of a number of ambassadors to the Kingdom on Wednesday

RIYADH: King Salman on Wednesday received Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, who conveyed the greetings of the Kuwaiti emir.
During their meeting in Riyadh, the king also conveyed his greetings to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The audience was attended by Saudi Minister of State Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ali Al-Khalid Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and a number of officials.
Also on Wednesday, King Salman received the credentials of a number of ambassadors to the Kingdom.
These included Ambassador of Guinea-Bissau Mamadou Sanou, Ambassador of Maldives Mohamed Khaleel, Ambassador of Cyprus Stavros Avgoustides, Ambassador of Malaysia Abd Razak Abdul Wahab, Ambassador of Sweden Niclas Trouve, Ambassador of Niger Abubakar Hassan Dan Sokoto, Ambassador of Singapore Wong Chow Ming, Ambassador of Slovenia Mateja Prevolse, Ambassador of Egypt Ahmed Farouk Mohamed Tawfiq, and Ambassador of Colombia Ana Milena Munoz de Gaviria.
The king welcomed the ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, sending his greetings to the leaders of their countries, wishing them success in their missions to enhance and develop relations between the Kingdom and their nations.
The ambassadors conveyed the greetings of their leaders to the king and stressed their keenness to enhance and develop relations between their countries and the Kingdom.