Dr. Mohammed Al-Surf, Saudi sustainability expert

Dr. Mohammed Al-Surf
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Updated 28 January 2020

Dr. Mohammed Al-Surf, Saudi sustainability expert

  • Al-Surf started his career between 2007 and 2008 as an architect with South Eagle Construction Co. Ltd. in Abha and for four months in 2015 he worked as a project manager for Hazim Consulting, in Jeddah

Dr. Mohammed Al-Surf is the regional manager and market developer at Green Business Certification Inc.
He became the first Saudi to obtain a participant sustainability certificate from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, joining a global group of less than 400 holders of the accreditation in the field of sustainability.
Al-Surf gained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2007. During his study period at the university, he was a member of the student cultural club for one year and then joined the College of Environmental Design Club for four years carrying out several roles, including assistant club president.
In 2009 he received a graduate certificate in built environment and engineering from The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia and the following year obtained a master’s degree in project management from the same university. He also gained a Ph.D. in property and planning from UQ in 2014.
Between 2013 and 2014, he was a multimedia manager and photographer in the Saudi Student Association in Brisbane, Australia.
Al-Surf started his career between 2007 and 2008 as an architect with South Eagle Construction Co. Ltd. in Abha and for four months in 2015 he worked as a project manager for Hazim Consulting, in Jeddah.
He was later appointed a programs director with the Project Management Institute - Arabian Gulf Chapter (PMI-AGC). His Twitter handle is @AlsurfM.


Emperor Naruhito’s birthday celebrated in Saudi Arabia

Updated 28 min 39 sec ago

Emperor Naruhito’s birthday celebrated in Saudi Arabia

  • Emphasizing culture and history, Ambassador Uemura spoke about the many unique characteristics which Japan possesses
  • The Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia Uemura Tsukasa welcomed guests by delivering the opening speech in perfect Arabic

A celebration marking the 60th birthday of the Emperor of Japan Naruhito was held in Riyadh Thursday by the Japanese Embassy in Saudi Arabia with a large attendance by government officials and diplomats including Vice Governor of Riyadh Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz. 

The Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia Uemura Tsukasa welcomed guests by delivering the opening speech in perfect Arabic lauding “the bilateral ties between Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are absolutely privileged” especially with the recent visit by Japanese PM Abe which “gave fresh momentum to this promising relationship” and that “Japan will continue to spare no effort in making Saudi G20 successful.”

The ceremony was opened by the Vice Governor of Riyadh Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz and Ambassador Uemura cutting a cake with both countries emblems followed by a performance of traditional Japanese dance. 

Emphasizing culture and history, Ambassador Uemura spoke about the many unique characteristics which Japan possesses including resilience “to rise from the ashes and achieve development, philosophy to integrate modern technology with long standing traditions and ways to bring about reconciliation among various factions and embrace every part of the society” while recognizing “Saudi history of modernization and nation building also has a lot of unique wisdoms” with hopes to “learn more about each other’s experience and wisdoms so as to create new ideas of model for development together” with Japan-Saudi Vision 2030 being a hallmark of this with his continuous encouragement of Japanese people to come experience SaudI Arabia firsthand. 

With regards to the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Tokyo this summer, Ambassador Uemura suggested to all present to visit, explore and discover Japan, as it is a “good excuse to book a flight to Japan” 

And concluded in hoping that everyone enjoyed “the evening with the atmosphere of beautiful Harmony” while savoring Japanese cuisine such as Tempura, Yakisoba and sushi and Maki prepared live by the Ambassadors personal chef and a Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador Chef Sato from Yokari restaurant.