PwC appoints new country senior leader in Kingdom

Riyadh Al-Najjar
Updated 20 September 2016

PwC appoints new country senior leader in Kingdom

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the world's major professional services network, has appointed Riyadh Al-Najjar as the country senior leader in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Najjar’s appointment comes as a result of his track record of supporting Saudi transformation initiatives that are in line with Vision 2030.
This is expected to strengthen PwC’s presence and commitment to the Kingdom as an influential partner in the success of the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and Vision 2030.
Minister of Labor and Social Development Mufrej Al-Haqabani said: “I am pleased to learn about Riyadh Al-Najjar’s appointment as PwC Saudi’s new country senior leader. Al-Najjar has been a long-standing trusted consultant to the ministry, having supported the execution of a number of our transformational initiatives.”
The minister also credited Al-Najjar for his leadership, professional management skills and strong record of leading positive change in the Saudi labor market and the country as a whole.
Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail said: “During our most recent collaboration, Al-Najjar’s professionalism, management skills and expertise in delivering and managing projects have earned him the respect of all who have had the pleasure of working with him.”
Al-Najjar brings with him over 25 years of management consulting experience in the health care, financial services and public sector spheres.
Al-Najjar has been with PwC for almost 10 years, during which he took on different leadership roles, most recently as leader of program and project management (PPM) services.
Al-Najjar’s key focus remains on building capabilities and a center of competence for managing and delivering large-scale nation-wide transformation programs.
Al-Najjar said: “This is an exciting time for Saudi Arabia, as the country embarks on an ambitious journey to achieving its Vision 2030. We, at PwC have been at the heart of this transformation and we remain committed to supporting the Kingdom’s ambitions.”


A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

Some of the projects at Global Grad Show held last week in Dubai correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Updated 19 November 2019

A hundred universities take part in Dubai’s Global Grad Show

A one-of-a-kind exhibition, showcasing graduate projects from more than 100 universities from 43 countries, in the fields of design, science, technology and engineering, was held last week in Dubai.
Held in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai, Global Grad Show opened its 5th and most diverse edition to date on Nov. 12 and ran until Nov. 16.
New entrants include established names such as Columbia University, Goldsmiths and the University of Pennsylvania, alongside leading universities from countries participating for the first time, including Colombia, Kuwait and the Philippines.
Global Grad Show is a significant component of Dubai Design Week, which is held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Earlier this year, Global Grad Show was named as a key initiative under the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s plan to evolve Dubai into a global hub for culture and innovation.
Sheikha Latifa said: “This initiative is at the heart of Dubai’s vision to create a brighter future for all people through progress and innovation. Global Grad Show is a call to action for government and private entities to revisit their challenges and needs in response to current socioeconomic issues. I encourage all entities to engage with the students and collaborate to bring their ideas to life.”

HIGHLIGHT

This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.

Mohammed I. Al-Shaibani, executive director and chief executive of Investment Corporation of Dubai, said: “With each year of Investment Corporation of Dubai’s participation at Global Grad Show, we have witnessed ever greater enthusiasm and interest from the international cultural, creative, and intellectual communities. This reception is a true endorsement to the calibre that the Global Grad Show has developed over its five years.”
Under the curation of Eleanor Watson, Global Grad Show explores how innovation can impact our lives through different spheres: The Human, The Home, The Community, The City and The Planet. Some of the projects correspond to themes such as health, wealth and disparity, gender and equality, sustainability, education and technology.
Ranging from high-tech to low-tech solutions, highlight projects in the 2019 exhibition include: “Swiv,” a toothbrush for children with cognitive disabilities, allowing them to clean their teeth with a single physical motion; “Jarvis,” a mixed reality headset, enabling doctors to accurately measure the brain’s response to distractions or activities when conducting cognitive tests for severe head trauma, pharmaceutical efficacy and ADHD; and “Ro-Biotics,” a microscopic robot created from 4D printed materials to be ingested in the place of an antibiotic, which captures infections in the blood stream.
This year’s expanded program includes an entrepreneurship program supported by A.R.M. Holding, which has pledged 10 million dirhams ($2.7 million) to advance projects into startups.