Said Al-Shaikh, lead co-chair of the T20 Trade and Investment Working Group

Dr. Said Al-Shaikh
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Updated 14 July 2020

Said Al-Shaikh, lead co-chair of the T20 Trade and Investment Working Group

  • Al-Shaikh obtained a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)

Dr. Said Al-Shaikh is the lead co-chair of the T20 Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) and a member of the Saudi Shoura Council.
The TIWG focuses on trade policies that are just and environmentally friendly, as well as goods and services that benefit privileged and underprivileged countries.
“There is no better structure than the World Trade Organization for international trade,” Al-Shaikh told Arab News. “Despite the current challenges, it contributed a lot to the global trade agenda, eliminating barriers and establishing regulations to facilitate trade and investment.”
Al-Shaikh obtained a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He got a master’s degree in public policy and planning from the University of Oregon and later acquired a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.
From 1993 to 1998 he was assistant professor of finance and economy at KFUPM’s College of Industrial Management. He was a principal researcher at the university’s Research Institute and also a part-time consultant for the Federation of the GCC Chambers of Commerce, acting as a representative for the organization at local and international conferences.
Al-Shaikh was chief economist at the National Commercial Bank for 20 years until his retirement in Aug. 2018.
He has been a member of the Shoura Council’s Economics and Energy Committee since 2009 and is also a member of the consultancy commission for the GCC Supreme Council.

 


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.