Dr. Essam Al-Ammar,  associate professor at King Saud University

Essam Al-Ammar
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Updated 15 December 2019

Dr. Essam Al-Ammar,  associate professor at King Saud University

Energy chiefs, last week,  signed a deal to set up the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s first specialized equipment test lab in Saudi Arabia at the 9th Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference in Jeddah.

Dr. Essam Al-Ammar, who has been a member of the International Sustainable Organization, since October 2011, was part of the technical committee of the conference. 

Al-Ammar is an associate professor at King Saud University’s (KSU) electrical engineering department.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at KSA in 1997. He worked at Lucent Technology Co. as a power/software engineer until August 1999. 

Al-Ammar went to the US to pursue higher studies and obtained a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Alabama in 2003. He did his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 2007.

On his return to the Kingdom, he worked as an energy consultant and adviser at different organizations, including Riyadh Techno Valley, Ministry of Water and Electricity and Saudi Aramco. He also worked at the Saudi Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority as the organization’s adviser for over seven years until July 2019.

Al-Ammar joined KSU as an assistant professor in October 2007 and in January 2012 he was promoted as associate professor.

He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electronic Engineers since October 2001.

He has authored nearly 100 research papers and has 20 patents in energy and water.

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

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KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.


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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies