No dearth of experience in King Salman’s new team


The new team of ministers and officials appointed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Thursday is a mix of youth and experience. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, deputy minister of petroleum and mineral resources, held a number of posts during his service in the ministry before.

As early as 1987, he was appointed adviser to the minister of petroleum and mineral resources and continued till 1990. He was appointed as assistant undersecretary for petroleum affairs in the ministry in 1995. He continued in this post up to 2004 when he was appointed assistant to minister of petroleum and mineral resources and remained in the position until Jan. 29, 2015.

The 54-year-old prince obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals in 1982 and was appointed lecturer at the same university.

In 1985, he got a master’s degree in business administration from KFUPM. During 1985-1987, he assumed the post of director of economic and industrial studies at the Institute of Research, KFUPM.

Prince Abdulaziz acquired vast experience in the areas of petroleum and energy through his membership of a number of key international societies and institutions.

Abdullah Al-Muhaisin, the new adviser at the Royal Court, was born in Makkah in 1367 H. He received his primary education in Saudi Arabia and completed his secondary education in Lebanon. During 1969-1971, he joined Gloucester College of Arts & Design, the UK, and completed his academic studies at the London Film School. He also obtained a high diploma in the period 1971-1975 during which he joined the Royal Television Academy, the UK, where he had theoretical and practical training in TV production. In 2006, he obtained a master’s degree in management from the US-based University of Phoenix.

On his return from Britain in 1975, he began his career in the private sector where he established the international company for ad and publicity (1975), the first cinema photography studio (1975), the first broadcasting studio (1976), and the first outdoor live production unit in the Kingdom (1981). He also entered into agreements with government and global media companies.

Hazim bin Mustafa Abdulwahid Zagzoug is the newly appointed special secretary to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

Zagzoug was born in 1388 AH. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in media and PR, and master’s degree in marketing. Later, he enrolled in a series of training courses in administrative strategies and leadership skills at universities such as Harvard, London University and Virginia University.

Zagzoug assumed key posts in the private companies and joined a number of boards of directors at the local, regional and international levels. He also participated in a series of local, regional and internationals conferences where he presented research papers in strategies and management.

Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al-Asheikh, state minister and member of Economic Development Council, was born in Taif on 6-5-1389 H. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Um Al-Qura University and master’s degree in law from Law College of Harvard University.

He worked in the legal department of the World Bank during 1998-2001 and joined a legal office in New York from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, he returned to the Kingdom and worked in the area of legal consultancy up to 2012. In September 2012, he was appointed as the Saudi representative at the World Bank. On 24-3-1434 H, a royal decree was issued appointing him as chairman of the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA.