Dr. Nourah Al-Yousef, Saudi Shoura Council member

Dr. Nourah Al-Yousef
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Updated 17 January 2020

Dr. Nourah Al-Yousef, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • In May 2017, she became the first Saudi woman to chair the Saudi Economic Association
  • Al-Yousef has also worked as an adviser to prestigious regional institutions including the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources

Dr. Nourah Al-Yousef has been a member of the Shoura Council since her appointment by royal decree in December 2016.

She is also a professor of economics at King Saud University in Riyadh where she served as the vice dean of the economics department and college of law and political science respectively between 2010 and 2015.

Al-Yousef has also worked as an adviser to prestigious regional institutions including the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources between 1999 and 2007, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Secretariat from 2003 to 2008, and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority during 2002 and 2003.

In May 2017, she became the first Saudi woman to chair the Saudi Economic Association.

Al-Yousef gained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from Bellarmine University in the US city of Louisville. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from King Saud University and a Ph.D. in in the same subject from a university in the UK.

As an active researcher, she has conducted post-doctoral work at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and the Secretariat of OPEC. Her main fields of research have been concentrated on macroeconomics, energy economics, and econometric applications.

Al-Yousef was named one of the top 10 Saudi women in the field of economics in the December 2019 issue of the leading Arab women’s magazine, Sayidaty, chosen for 

her active contribution to the finance and business worlds locally and regionally.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.