Who’s Who: Deema Al-Athel, technology services delivery leader at IBM

Who’s Who: Deema Al-Athel, technology services delivery leader at IBM
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Updated 25 January 2023

Who’s Who: Deema Al-Athel, technology services delivery leader at IBM

Who’s Who: Deema Al-Athel, technology services delivery leader at IBM

Deema Al-Athel was recently appointed technology services delivery leader for tech corporation IBM, covering the Middle East and Africa.

One of her key roles will be implementing software services such as artificial intelligence, automation, security, and cloud and systems services in the MEA region.

Al-Athel joined IBM Saudi Arabia in early 2019 as a strategy leader and was then promoted to a data and AI business development position within the company in the US, focussing on strategic engagements in the Kingdom.

Later, she worked as a strategic business development leader at IBM before taking up her recent appointment.

With more than 15 years of experience in developing and managing IT solutions, often working closely with senior management, she has become a specialist in crisis management, developing her strategic and operational planning skills while executing a range of projects and initiatives.

Al-Athel gained a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from King Saud University in 2000, and five years later a master’s degree in the same field of study, also from KSU. In 2015, she obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., specializing in AI.

In 2020, she was featured in Forbes business magazine as one of the world’s leading women in AI.

Before joining IBM, she served as a chief information officer on KSU’s women’s campus and was a part-time consultant for several government and nongovernment agencies, such as the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the National Digital Transformation Unit, and the Bunyan Women’s Charity Association.

She has also participated on numerous occasions with the Saudi delegation for the Human Rights Commission at the UN in Switzerland.


KAUST develops innovative wastewater treatment in Saudi Arabia

KAUST develops innovative wastewater treatment in Saudi Arabia
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KAUST develops innovative wastewater treatment in Saudi Arabia

KAUST develops innovative wastewater treatment in Saudi Arabia
  • Universities, industrial partners can work together to solve problems, says VP

JEDDAH: The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has completed its innovative mobile plant project for wastewater treatment, after five years of research at the university’s water desalination and reuse research center.

The project is a result of the efforts and partnerships between KAUST and the National Water Company.

The technology is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, as it treats wastewater and converts it efficiently into reusable water for areas that are not connected to the central sewage network.

In September last year, KAUST and the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones, or MODON, teamed up to tackle wastewater treatment. (Supplied)

It can reduce energy demand by 50 percent, and produce treated water of similar or even better quality than that produced by conventional biological treatment processes.

It is expected that this technology will have a significant impact on underserved areas of the Kingdom by creating new job opportunities that support Saudi youth and offer them the chance to make use of their talents.

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• The mobile plant treats wastewater and converts it efficiently into reusable water for areas that are not connected to the central sewage network.

• It can reduce energy demand by 50 percent, and produce treated water of similar or even better quality than that produced by conventional biological treatment processes.

Kevin Cullen, vice president of innovation at KAUST said: “Developing a reliable wastewater treatment service is one of the biggest challenges we face today.”

Cullen also pointed out that the ecosystem of deep tech startups at KAUST has become so developed that it has enabled the university to build strong partnerships with the government and established companies, which work together to bring these startups closer to the market.

In September last year, KAUST and the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones, or MODON, teamed up to tackle wastewater treatment.

Cullen said: “The relationship between KAUST and MODON is an excellent example of how universities and industrial partners can work together to solve real challenges in our society and in a city like Jeddah where we need to increase wastewater treatment capacity.”

MODON has been piloting a new wastewater bioreactor technology at scale at their industrial city in Jeddah.

During this partnership, Peiying Hong, an associate professor at KAUST, developed a new, zero-energy technology that may hold the key to transforming wastewater sustainability and recycling.

MODON, which operates significant infrastructure throughout the Kingdom for environmental services including wastewater treatment plants, has selected Hong’s technology to pilot on-site at its first industrial city in Jeddah.

Cullen explained: “This technology not only processes wastewater more efficiently using a decentralized treatment model, it can be done in an energy-neutral way providing sustainability for the future.”

 


Saudi Cabinet affirms full support for Iraq’s stability, security

King Salman chairs weekly Council of Ministers meeting at Irqah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA file photo)
King Salman chairs weekly Council of Ministers meeting at Irqah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA file photo)
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Saudi Cabinet affirms full support for Iraq’s stability, security

King Salman chairs weekly Council of Ministers meeting at Irqah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA file photo)
  • Kingdom’s chair of Digital Cooperation Organization until 2030 hailed
  • Major conferences this week assuring nation’s global leadership role

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday affirmed the Kingdom’s support for the Iraqi government’s efforts to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for its people.

At the start of the session, chaired by King Salman at Irqah Palace in Riyadh, ministers were briefed on the recent talks between Saudi Arabia and several other countries. These were held to ensure regional and global development, cooperation and stability.

Minister of State and Acting Minister of Media Issam bin Saad bin Saeed said that the Cabinet addressed several reports on regional and international conferences hosted by Saudi Arabia during the week. He said these events were held to secure partnerships and investment that would further boost the nation’s leadership role on the global stage.

The Cabinet also welcomed the election of Saudi Arabia as chair of the executive council of the Digital Cooperation Organization, a post it will hold until 2030. This highlights the Kingdom’s pioneering role in technology and the digital economy, and would assist in building mutually beneficial relations and pacts with member states that would ensure a promising digital future for everyone.

The Cabinet also discussed the latest regional and international developments, and stressed that Saudi Arabia supports those nations affected by Monday’s earthquakes, which resulted in deaths, injuries and missing people.

 

 


Saudi king, crown prince offer condolences on death of Musharraf

People attend the funeral prayer of Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf, in Karachi. (AP)
People attend the funeral prayer of Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf, in Karachi. (AP)
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi king, crown prince offer condolences on death of Musharraf

People attend the funeral prayer of Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf, in Karachi. (AP)
  • Musharraf was buried in his hometown of Karachi on Tuesday after he passed away in hospital in Dubai on Sunday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday sent cables of condolences to the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi after the passing of former President Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf was buried in his hometown of Karachi on Tuesday after he passed away in hospital in Dubai on Sunday.

He had been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai since 2016 after suffering a rare organ disease.

The king and crown prince prayed for the deceased and offered their condolences to his family and the people of Pakistan.


Saudi king, crown prince direct operation of air bridge after Turkiye quake

Emergency team members search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (AP)
Emergency team members search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (AP)
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi king, crown prince direct operation of air bridge after Turkiye quake

Emergency team members search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (AP)
  • The assistance provided stems from the keenness of the Saudi leadership to support those affected by the devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkiye: KSrelief chief

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday directed the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to operate an air bridge to help earthquake victims in Syria and Turkiye.

A magnitude 7.8 quake hit Turkiye and neighboring Syria early on Monday, toppling thousands of buildings including many apartment blocks, wrecking hospitals, and leaving tens of thousands of people injured or homeless.

The bridge will help provide health, shelter, food, and logistical assistance to mitigate the effects of the earthquake on people in Syria and Turkiye.

The king and crown prince also ordered the organisation of a charity campaign through KSrelief’s Sahem Platform.

The assistance provided stems from the keenness of the Saudi leadership to support those affected by the devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkiye, the Supervisor General of KSrelief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said.

He added that various food, shelter, and medical aid will be provided in support of rescue efforts.

Search teams and aid poured into both Turkiye and Syria on Tuesday as rescuers working in freezing temperatures dug through the remains of buildings flattened by a powerful earthquake. The death toll soared above 6,200 and is still expected to rise.


Saudi minister receives Czech, Italian envoys

Adel Al-Jubeir hold talks with diplomats in Riyadh. (Supplied)
Adel Al-Jubeir hold talks with diplomats in Riyadh. (Supplied)
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Saudi minister receives Czech, Italian envoys

Adel Al-Jubeir hold talks with diplomats in Riyadh. (Supplied)
  • They reviewed the latest developments in the region, especially in areas of coordination between the two countries within the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Climate Affairs Envoy Adel Al-Jubeir on Tuesday met Juraj Koudelka, the ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom.

During their meeting at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh, they reviewed bilateral relations and issues of common concern.

On Monday, Al-Jubeir received Stefano Ravagnan, special envoy of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

During the meeting, they reviewed the latest developments in the region, especially in areas of coordination between the two countries within the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh.

Also on Monday, the Saudi minister met the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Kingdom Janet Alberda. The two reviewed bilateral relations.