Ahmed Al-Hakbani, governor of Saudi Customs

Ahmed Al-Hakbani
Updated 05 October 2019

Ahmed Al-Hakbani, governor of Saudi Customs

  • Al-Hakbani earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from King Saud University in 2000
  • His career began at Microsoft as a technical account manager from 2000 to 2004

Ahmed Al-Hakbani has been governor of Saudi Customs since January 2017.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from King Saud University in 2000, and his master’s degree in strategy, economics and international business from INSEAD in France.

From 2011 to 2012, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also attended the IMD Business School in 2015.

His career began at Microsoft as a technical account manager from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, he served as a business development manager for Cisco Systems, and two years later he became an IT and strategy adviser to the deputy minister of planning and IT, in a freelance capacity.

Al-Hakbani was a transformation director and freelance consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013. He also served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and industry and a director general of international communication in that ministry between 2014 and late 2015, and he served as deputy minister of foreign trade in 2016.

Saudi Customs is participating in the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

During his speech, Al-Haqbani reviewed various stages of the Kingdom’s transformation under the ambitious plans of Saudi Vision 2030.

The first step for Saudi Customs, he explained, is to become the best regional customs service, contributing to the Kingdom’s vision of becoming a global platform for logistical services, and raising economic competitiveness.


Space program to establish national training base

Updated 18 February 2020

Space program to establish national training base

  • The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific paths

RIYADH: The Space Generations Program (Ajyal) launched by the Saudi Space Commission will contribute towards establishing a national base for human capital in the space sector, said Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission.

The program, he said, encourages interest in scientific research and learning various sciences in the areas of innovation: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

Al-Sheikh added that the program was striving to cooperate with specialized academic circles to achieve further progress in research related to space science and its applications.

The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific paths.

“We derive our inspiration from the experience of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, and his team, who were passionate, creative and determined to reach space,” said Al-Sheikh.

He added that the scientific team that supported the prince’s journey included a group of scientists as well as the most skilled technicians, designers and creative thinkers who contributed to achieving this dream.

The CEO said that the success of the trip was a result of the efforts of the entire team. “The Saudi Space Commission seeks to form a similar dream team that contributes to achieving our ambitious vision for the future of the space sector in the Kingdom,” he added.

Director general of the Space Generations Program, Ilham Al-Harbi, explained that the program had a comprehensive set of goals and strategic visions that aim to instill inspiration in generations to achieve leadership in space science.

She said that the program also aimed to build and develop future generations of Saudi space scientists and turn their dreams into a reality.