Young Saudis take part in contest to promote tolerance

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Updated 21 April 2020

Young Saudis take part in contest to promote tolerance

  • The results of the competition will be announced on Wednesday through the KACND website

RIYADH: Ninety-six young men and women from throughout the Kingdom participated remotely in the “Hawer” competition to promote the values of dialogue, coexistence, tolerance and national cohesion.

The competition, organized by the Dialogue Academy for Training of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), aims to enable youth to master dialogue and analogy skills using scientific methods and to help them objectively evaluate and criticize ideas. It encouraged them to master research and investigation skills to gather information.

The center will distribute cash awards worth SR48,000 ($12,792) among the winners. The first winner in the boys’ team will receive SR12,000, the second runner-up will be awarded SR8,000, and the third runner-up will receive SR4,000. The same applied to winners in the girls’ team.

The competition’s management team met remotely on April 18 to discuss the mechanisms for the conduct of the competition.

On Monday, a remote training course was held on dialogue and analogy skills for all participants. Instructions on the competition were given to the teams and they were provided with a competition guide and specific topics for each team.

The competition included the following topics: Investing time in self-development, adherence to national regulations and decisions, volunteering and its motivations, and home quarantine and its role in self-development.

The competition took place via videoconferencing. The results of the competition will be announced on Wednesday through the KACND website.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.