King Salman receives outgoing GCC secretary-general

King Salman welcomes Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, former secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Updated 30 January 2020

King Salman receives outgoing GCC secretary-general

  • King Salman thanked Al-Zayani for his efforts to enhance joint Gulf action

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman expressed his appreciation to Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani at the end of his term as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) secretary-general.

King Salman thanked Al-Zayani for his efforts to enhance joint Gulf action.

Al-Zayani thanked the king for his cooperation during his time as GCC secretary-general.

The meeting was attended by Tamim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Salem, assistant special secretary to King Salman.

Earlier, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a luncheon in honor of Al-Zayani.

Prince Faisal praised Al-Zayani’s role in enhancing cooperation among member states.

Al-Zayani thanked the minister and the Saudi government and people, and recalled the support provided by the Kingdom’s leadership during his term. 

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan also thanked Al-Zayani for his efforts and support during his term.


Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi, president of the Saudi Electronic University

Updated 05 July 2020

Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi, president of the Saudi Electronic University

Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi as president of the Saudi Electronic University. She becomes the first woman to chair a Saudi university that includes both male and female students.

She has worked as executive director for more than 20 years in business development, business consulting and strategic leadership, and accumulated experience in project management.

She has also published more than 50 research papers and articles on research topics such as e-commerce and artificial and commercial intelligence.

Al-Safadi was the vice president and national technology officer at Microsoft and is a faculty member at the King Saud University, Riyadh.

She also worked as a consultant to the governor of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat), and a consultant to the vice presidency for planning, quality and development at the Saudi Electronic University. 

Al-Safadi is a graduate from the University of Wollongong, Australia with a Ph.D. in computer science which she completed in 2002; she majored in software engineering and completed her master’s in computer science in 1995. 

In a telephone interview with Al-Ekhbariya channel, Al-Safadi said that her appointment had many implications not only for empowering women and enhancing their role, but also as an indication of the Kingdom’s commitment to women’s equity at all levels, including equal opportunities in leadership and competition.