FaceOf: Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan, president of KACARE

Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan
Updated 12 January 2019
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FaceOf: Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan, president of KACARE

  • Last week, Al-Sultan led a Saudi delegation at the ninth session of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi
  • In his speech, he reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to renewable energy

Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan is the president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and has held the rank of minister since June 2018.

He has also served as president of the Saudi Electricity Co. board of directors since last January.

Previously, Al-Sultan was the rector of King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran and sat on the board of directors at Saudi Aramco between 2003 and 2018.

He began his academic career as an assistant professor at KFUPM in 1990, rising through the university’s academic ranks before becoming rector in 2003. 

He was a visiting professor at King Saud University between 1999 and 2000, and an undersecretary at the Higher Education Ministry between 1999 and 2003.

Al-Sultan was acting director of Hail University from 2005 to 2007, and a member of the board of trustees of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology from 2009 to 2017.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s in industrial engineering from KFUPM, receiving a master’s in mathematics from the University of Michigan as well as a Ph.D.

Earlier this week he led a Saudi delegation at the ninth session of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.

During his speech, he reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to renewable energy and said the government was working to build a sustainable renewable energy sector.

Saudi Arabia’s target is to generate 9.5 gigawatts by 2023, including from solar, wind and geothermal energy.

 


OIC foreign ministers meet to discuss Israeli actions in Al-Quds

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OIC foreign ministers meet to discuss Israeli actions in Al-Quds

JEDDAH: The expanded extraordinary meeting of the executive committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was held at the headquarters of OIC in Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli violations in Al-Quds Al-Sharif, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf.

Addressing the opening session, OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen thanked the host country, led by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for facilitating the holding of this meeting at this critical time.

Al-Othaimeen said that the meeting comes in light of the escalation of Israeli policies aimed at Judaizing Al-Quds city, concealing its monuments, attempting to change its legal, historical and political status and isolating it from its Palestinian surroundings, citing the repeated Israeli attacks targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the closure of its gates.

The executive committee of the special meeting issued a final statement, which reads as follows: “The Executive Committee at its Extraordinary Open-ended Meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers held at the headquarters of the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 to consider the escalation of the Israeli colonial violations in an attempt to change the historical and legal status of the Holy City of Al-Quds.”

In its statement, the committee expressed its concern at the continued attempts to change the historical and legal status of the occupied city of Al-Quds and the transfer of the diplomatic missions of some states to it, condemning any positions, actions and decisions being aimed at changing the status of the occupied city of the holy city.

In its strongest terms, the OIC Executive Committee condemned the escalation by Israel of its colonial actions in Al-Quds Al-Sharif and its attempts to alter the character and demographic composition of the city, including its recent attempt to falsify historical facts and its opening of the so-called “Jewish Pilgrims Route,” which extends from Birket Silwan to the Wall of Al-Buraq under Palestinian homes in the town of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is a clear violation of international law and relevant international resolutions.