Training program launched for Saudi youth

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Updated 09 June 2020

Training program launched for Saudi youth

  • Courses will begin on June 21 and continue until Aug. 13

JEDDAH: A new training program to support entrepreneurship among Saudi youth will teach participants important steps in starting a business.

As part of the Kingdom’s drive to increase the role of small and medium enterprises in the economy, Neom, a planned cross-border city that aims to use smart technologies for a sustainable ecosystem, and the Misk Academy, an organization dedicated to youth empowerment and investment in local communities, have launched SPARK, a program that aims to attract investment in human capital development and advance the non-oil economy.

Through a series of programs and initiatives endorsed by GEN Saudi, the global entrepreneurship network, SPARK, Neom and the Misk Academy will work together to teach young professionals skills for the new economy, support business growth in provincial regions, and increase business opportunities outside main cities.

The program was co-created with industry leaders and experts in entrepreneurship.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The program aims to teach participants important steps in starting a business.

• It has been co-created by industry leaders and experts in entrepreneurship.

• It will include online classes to help participants refine their business plans.

SPARK will include online classes to help participants refine their business plans and expose them to winning pitches from some of the world’s most successful startups. Saudi youth participating in the six-week course will learn how to create strong business strategies and investor pitches.

Experienced executive coaches will guide students through the critical process of refining an idea, building a business model and articulating a pitch. At the end of the program, students will present their business idea to a panel of judges from Neom, the Misk Academy, and the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (Monshaat).

Registration for the program continues until June 13. Courses will begin on June 21 and continue until Aug. 13. Interested people can visit the Misk Academy’s website for details.


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.