Who’s Who: David Grover, group CEO of Saudi real estate company ROSHN

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Updated 27 August 2021

Who’s Who: David Grover, group CEO of Saudi real estate company ROSHN

Who’s Who: David Grover, group CEO of Saudi real estate company ROSHN

David Grover is the group chief executive officer at ROSHN, the largest real estate development company in Saudi Arabia.

The giant developer, powered by the Public Investment Fund, is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The company is focused on meeting the growing demand for housing in the Kingdom.

Grover has almost 35 years of experience working across master-planned projects. He is responsible for leading ROSHN’s mission to deliver great communities with best-in-class homes.

Grover believes that, when it comes to developing a modern community, it is important the design reflects the history of the area’s people and recognizes their traditions and cultural identity.

Prior to joining ROSHN, Grover served as a group board director at Mace Group in the UK. With a turnover of more than $2.5 billion at the time, the firm employed 6,500 people and operated through five global hubs, covering 65 countries.

Grover also held the position of chief executive officer of Mace Developments. Joining the UK firm in 1992, Grover worked across most key aspects of the business, from consultancy to construction and development.

Grover’s major achievements included setting up and driving the growth of the company’s development business; the establishment and management of the company’s operations in Asia; and significant experience in the delivery of complex, large-scale, high-profile development programs in Europe and Asia, including the London 2012 Olympic Games, Canary Wharf, the Shard and Paddington Basin, in addition to multiple infrastructure and mixed-use projects.

Grover received a Bachelor of Science degree in quantity surveying from the University of Birmingham. He also obtained a Master of Science degree specializing in construction law from King’s College London.


Houthi projectile lands near market in Jazan in Saudi Arabia: Arab coalition

Houthi projectile lands near market in Jazan in Saudi Arabia: Arab coalition
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Houthi projectile lands near market in Jazan in Saudi Arabia: Arab coalition

Houthi projectile lands near market in Jazan in Saudi Arabia: Arab coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition said the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen attempted to target Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region on Tuesday evening, state TV reported.
The coalition said an “enemy projectile” fell near one of the public roads and traditional markets in Jazan.
“The Houthi attempt this evening to target civilians in a deliberate and systematic manner is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law,” it added.
The Iran-backed Houthis have launched numerous drones and ballistic missiles targeting the Kingdom’s southern region since Sunday and on Monday targeted the capital, Riyadh, with ballistic missiles, all of which were intercepted and destroyed by Saudi air defenses.
Shrapnel from one of the missiles landed in some neighborhoods in Riyadh, without causing any damage.
The attacks have been strongly condemned by the international community.


Man arrested in Paris in connection with Khashoggi killing ‘has nothing to do with the case’: Saudi foreign ministry

Reports of an arrest of a suspect in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are false, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. (Getty/File Photo)
Reports of an arrest of a suspect in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are false, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. (Getty/File Photo)
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Man arrested in Paris in connection with Khashoggi killing ‘has nothing to do with the case’: Saudi foreign ministry

Reports of an arrest of a suspect in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are false, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. (Getty/File Photo)

PARIS: Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said a person arrested in Paris linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi “has nothing to do with the case,” and called for his “immediate release,” a statement released on Tuesday said.

“Regarding the arrest of a Saudi citizen on the grounds of being a suspect in the murder of the late citizen Jamal Khashoggi, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of France would like to clarify that what was reported in the media is incorrect, and that the person who was arrested has nothing to do with the case in quesiton,” it said.

“Therefore, the Kingdom's embassy expects his immediate release.

“The Embassy would also like to reaffirm that the Saudi judiciary has issued verdicts against all of those who paritcipated in the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi, all of them are currently serving their sentences,” it added.

A Saudi official had earlier said on Tuesday that reports of the arrest were false and “a case of mistaken identity.”

The official, in a statement to Reuters in response to a request for comment, said those convicted of the crime “are currently serving their sentences in Saudi Arabia.”

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Who’s Who: Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel, founder and chairman of the Saudi Scientific Research and Innovation Association

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel. (Supplied)
Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel. (Supplied)
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Who’s Who: Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel, founder and chairman of the Saudi Scientific Research and Innovation Association

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel. (Supplied)

Dr. Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al-Akeel is founder and chairman of the Saudi Scientific Research and Innovation Association based in Riyadh since May 2021.
He is also a scientific researcher at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology since 1998.
Al-Akeel established the Saudi Innovation Forum in 2016, which promotes research, development, innovation and creativity to contribute to achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
He served as project manager for the Biotechnology Incubator in Riyadh in 2009, where he worked on the infrastructure and design of the incubator, as well as the lab and network setup.
He was also project manager for the technology transfer between KACST and the UK between 2011-2012 and for that between KACST and South Africa in 2002.
Al-Akeel also served as director of the engineering and biomedical engineering departments at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital from 1993-1997.
In 2003, he worked as associate director of research and development, supervising research projects at KACST and supporting its growth.
Because his area of interest is innovation commercialization, Al-Akeel believes that research and development are vital for economic progress.
Al-Akeel holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and innovation and a postgraduate diploma in research management from the University of Edinburgh Business School.
Before these, he earned a postgraduate diploma in electronics engineering from the University of Wales and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

 


Saudi Shoura Council Speaker receives head of the US mission to KSA

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh receives Martina Strong in Riyadh. (SPA)
Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh receives Martina Strong in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 42 min 29 sec ago

Saudi Shoura Council Speaker receives head of the US mission to KSA

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh receives Martina Strong in Riyadh. (SPA)
  • A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting along with ways to boost cooperation and communication between the Shoura Council and the US Congress

RIYADH: Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh on Tuesday received in Riyadh the head of the US mission to the Kingdom, Martina Strong, along with other American Embassy officials.
During a reception, Strong was briefed on the role played by the Shoura Council in the Kingdom’s legislative system, its working mechanisms, and diplomatic links at regional and international levels.
A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting along with ways to boost cooperation and communication between the Shoura Council and the US Congress.


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases
Updated 07 December 2021

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 42 new cases
  • The health ministry says 59 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,847.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 42 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 549,997 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 33 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 14, followed by Jeddah with 11, while Tabuk, Makkah and Madinah confirmed two cases each.


The health ministry also announced that 59 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 539,141.
Over 47.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 22.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 267 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.28 million.