ALJ brings revolutionary spinal treatment to KSA

The device is available at Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah.
Updated 08 July 2018

ALJ brings revolutionary spinal treatment to KSA

The medical Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), a revolutionary robot treatment device for spinal injuries, has been approved for use in Saudi Arabia. 

The launch follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) and Japanese company CYBERDYNE, Inc, during King Salman’s visit to Japan last year, to bring the state-of-the-art technology to Saudi Arabia.

Medical HAL is a form of robotic technology that can regenerate, improve, support and expand patients’ brain-neuro-physical functions. The device is available at Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah, which specializes in medical rehabilitation, with plans to roll out the technology across the country.

Dr. Youssef Abdelrahman, managing director of Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital, said: “By bringing this highly advanced spinal treatment technology to Saudi Arabia, we are making sure patients who have suffered some of the most traumatic injuries will get the best possible care available.”

“The availability of HAL in Saudi Arabia is truly welcome news. This follows the successful completion of the test phase and means the people of Saudi Arabia now have access to this state-of-the-art technology.”

Last year Saudi Arabia and Japan agreed to boost cooperation and joint projects between the two countries, including in health care. Healthcare is also one of the main focus areas of Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to improve the quality of care and services provided to patients.

More than 13,000 people suffered traumatic spinal injuries in Saudi Arabia in 2015, according to official Saudi government statistics.

Alturki Holding launches program to train 6,000 employees

Updated 31 March 2021

Alturki Holding launches program to train 6,000 employees

Alturki Holding, a Saudi investment and development holding company, has launched a comprehensive training and development program to address the current and future training needs of its more than 6,000 employees within the company and across its group of companies. The program — “Hemmah” — also aims to attract and retain the Kingdom’s best local talent. 

President and CEO of Alturki Holding Rami Alturki said: “As Alturki builds on its legacy of sustainability, we remain steadfast in our commitment to contributing to the success of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Hemmah underscores the importance we place on investing in our people and in shaping a workplace culture that, with learning and development at its core, will positively impact our employees, our businesses and support socioeconomic progress in the community, industry and in our nation.”

Hemmah, which means resilience or strength through adversity, has four core sub programs: Qaddah, Khabeer, Tuwaiq and Tamakan. 

Qaddah is designed to prepare high-performing employees to assume leadership positions in the company and further enhance the skills of the company’s current leadership team. Khabeer aims to enhance and upgrade core skills and improve organizational efficiency through development opportunities and skills development, while Tuwaiq is designed to attract and retain highly talented Saudis and provide them with opportunities to develop and grow within the group of companies. Tamakan is designed to ensure that every Alturki employee is empowered with the basic competencies necessary to not only maximize their efficiency but to allow them to reach their full career potential.

The program is being led by Alanoud Al-Semaeil, support services manager at Alturki Holding, and supported by Tom Raftery, a senior HR consultant, who brings nearly 40 years of experience in senior line HR. They will provide all employees, regardless of their nationality, a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities to help them grow and take on more responsibilities. 

Al-Semaeil said: “Hemmah is designed to address the development needs of all of our employees and to shape a corporate culture of continuous learning. Towards this goal, Hemmah is designed to bring the full potential of our team to life by providing every employee with more opportunities to grow their skills and capabilities and acquire new knowledge.” 

CEO Alturki added: “Our employees are the reason we have sustained our business for over 40 years and they are the key to our future success. Learning and development has always been important to Alturki but in today’s digital economy, where knowledge becomes outdated very quickly, it is vital to business success. In order to address the need to constantly adapt, we are making continuous learning and development the standard at Alturki, providing each and every team member with ongoing opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the digital age.”

Championing inclusivity and diversity at PepsiCo

Updated 20 March 2021

Championing inclusivity and diversity at PepsiCo

  • PepsiCo is committed to Vision 2030’s women’s empowerment agenda and supporting transformational projects
  • Tamakani is a dedicated PepsiCo program to support, guide and inspire women in the workplace

PepsiCo. has always been a champion of women in the workplace. Established in the Kingdom more than 60 years ago, the company is committed to ensuring it provides inclusive workplaces, enabling women to work and advance while still respecting local customs.

The company has been at the forefront of encouraging and promoting women to reach their full potential, in line with the Vision 2030’s women’s empowerment agenda and its Tamakani program.
The driving force behind these transformational projects is Tamer Mosalam, vice president and general manager of Gulf and Levant foods business unit, PepsiCo. Middle East and Africa.

When appointed in 2019, Mosalam pledged to focus on programs emphasizing diversity and inclusion, in line with the aims of Vision 2030.

Today, PepsiCo. employs 177 women across managerial and engineering roles, including a dedicated Pink Production Line staffed entirely by women.
“PepsiCo. is proud to support women in the workplace as a dedicated equal opportunity employer through initiatives such as our highly successful Tamakani program,” Mosalam said.

“Fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity is essential to growth and progress and at PepsiCo, we recognize this responsibility.”
“Tamakani is a product of that vision and I am incredibly proud of what our flagship program has achieved since it was launched last year. It is a unique platform creating opportunities and guidance for women with promising capabilities, identifying their aspirations, and supporting them to realize their full potential,” he added.
Tamakani focuses on five key areas: Supporting women with their work-life balance, career growth, overcoming challenges, assigning mentors, and engaging people as champions to support women as co-workers and family members.
“This year, we also launched a sustainability-focused challenge through Tamakani, aimed at encouraging and promoting female entrepreneurship. The initiative, run in partnership with INJAZ Al-Arab and INJAZ Saudi Arabia, offered 500 female students from four Saudi universities the opportunity to present business ideas aimed at creating a more sustainable planet. I was delighted to recently award team ‘Virdis’ from Imam Abdulrahaman bin Faisal University with the winning prize for their inspiring project aimed at delivering a sustainable food system,” Mosalam said.
Tamakani is the latest initiative from PepsiCo. to promote women in the workplace. In 2018, it ran a driving course for 45 female employees to prepare them for the issuance of driving licenses in Saudi Arabia.

The company has also opened a nursery in its Riyadh office to support women returning to the workplace.

PepsiCo. is also set to recruit more than 70 women in its Dammam plant after meeting the Ministry of Labor’s requirements on women’s safety in the workplace.

The new intake will enable increased production with the addition of two more shifts.
Mosalam is committed to driving positive social impact and building on PepsiCo’s recent successes, ensuring a bright future for Saudi women.

“The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 is committed to realizing female potential and we’re delighted to be a part of this journey as we further our commitment to supporting equal opportunities for every member of society,” he added.

British Embassy hosts roundtable on climate change

Updated 17 March 2021

British Embassy hosts roundtable on climate change

Climate change is the biggest and most urgent challenge of our time. During a live forum hosted on Monday by the British Embassy in Riyadh, experts from the private and public sectors and civil society discussed the challenge, strategies and actions that need to be taken, with a particular focus on plastic consumption and waste.

The virtual roundtable, “Reusing and recycling: The effects of plastic in nature. Ahead of COP26, can we encourage a fundamental change in attitudes?” was held as part of the British Embassy’s #TogetherForOurPlanet campaign. 

The campaign is building awareness about climate change and the urgent need for action in the run-up to COP26 (the UN’s 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention), which will bring together world leaders, delegates, climate experts and negotiators to agree on coordinated action to tackle climate change. 

British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Neil Crompton opened the roundtable. He commended the leadership Saudi Arabia demonstrated on climate and environment issues during the Kingdom’s presidency of the G20 last year. 

He said: “We are dependent upon each other and the sum of our collective actions as we seek to tackle huge, global challenges. Saudi leadership on climate and environment is key to building awareness and momentum globally on this critical issue as we accelerate progress toward achieving our global climate commitments.”

The virtual roundtable was moderated by COP26 Regional Ambassador for MENA Janet Rogan. She said that 2021 is a pivotal year for climate change action, noting the significance of the COP26, which will be convened in Glasgow in November. 

“Our lands and oceans are under threat from climate change, but can also contribute to the solution. And we cannot meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement or adapt to the effects of climate change without restoring, protecting and enhancing nature,” Rogan added.

The six speakers that joined the roundtable included: Professor Carlos M. Duarte, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Ahmed Samir Elbermbali, managing director of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council; Helen Olds, principal of the British International School Riyadh; Caspar Herzberg, president, Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric; Mouna A. Eusman, MDP, co-founder of Naqaa Sustainability Solutions and a circular economy expert; and Taha Boksmati, founder of Hejaz Ploggers and operational excellence manager at National Center for Environmental Compliance.

Sanad, La Vache qui rit bring laughter to children

Updated 01 March 2021

Sanad, La Vache qui rit bring laughter to children

Saudi-based nonprofit Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association has partnered with La Vache qui rit or The Laughing Cow, a brand of processed cheese, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, to bring laughter to those who need it the most.

The nonprofit association provides services to children with tumors across the Kingdom, supports children’s centers with the medical equipment they need, and provides social, residential, educational and recreational services for patients and their families — citizens and residents — in need. In addition, the center also focuses on funding research and studies in the field of childhood cancer.

Running for one month starting Feb. 15, La Vache qui rit has introduced a dedicated web-application where consumers can register and “laugh to donate.” Showcasing the uniqueness and power of each person’s laughter, the initiative will turn every laugh recorded into a monetary donation toward the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association.

A simple click on is all that is required to record the laughter through the device’s microphone; each laugh recorded will boost contributions toward children in need. Donations generated through the online platform will be utilized toward the association’s “Make a Wish” program. This program focuses on making children’s wishes come true — ranging from toys such as blocks and puzzles, to gadgets such as gaming consoles and smartphones, to large-scale activities such as a curated personalized art gallery.

“We believe that our partnership with La Vache qui rit for the Golden February campaign and supporting children with cancer is a noble cause, and we proudly celebrate it this year with International Childhood Cancer Day,” said Reem Alhegelan, general manager at Sanad.

“The monetary contribution will be toward the ‘Make a Wish’ program that fulfills children’s wishes. We believe that making their wishes come true during the difficult times they are going through, will help improve their lives and maintain their psychological balance during intensive treatments. This year’s slogan “Gold at heart,” is for all the pure hearts who are willing to contribute to our fruitful journey.”

Garo Matossian, general manager, Bel Group Middle East, manufacturer of La Vache qui rit, said: “We are joining forces with Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association on our 100-year anniversary to make a difference in the lives of young children diagnosed with cancer. At La Vache qui rit, we believe that laughter is our most precious gift and our core mission is to inspire people to choose to laugh at life and garner the strength to face life’s difficulties every day. We want to give the Saudi community an opportunity to transform their laughter, or the laughter of their loved ones, into a good deed that can help those in need of optimism. La Vache qui rit has been in the homes of Saudi families for a very long time, and it is of utmost importance to us to ensure a healthier, happier society for generations to come.”

NCB and Mastercard launch credit card for corporates

Updated 25 February 2021

NCB and Mastercard launch credit card for corporates

Mastercard and the National Commercial Bank (NCB) have launched a new corporate credit card offering the bank’s corporate and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) clients a range of financial solutions. 

The Mastercard Corporate World card allows companies to effectively manage their expenses and corporate payment needs. The card aims to maximize companies’ financial control and provide them with full visibility in order to reduce costs and enhance cash flow. 

J.K. Khalil, country manager, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Levant, Mastercard, said: “As a trusted technology leader and proud supporter of the business community, we are delighted to collaborate with NCB to expand inclusion for best-in-class financial control, B2B expenditures and corporate travel benefits. We remain committed to helping businesses by offering innovative tools and payment solutions that enable them to make the most of the digital economy and an ever-strengthening payment ecosystem.” Majed Al-Ghamdi, chief executive of retail, NCB, said: “We are delighted to once again collaborate with Mastercard for another solution which we believe will provide strong value to businesses by offering the tools to enhance efficiency as well as meet their working capital requirements. Through the commercial credit card, our large corporate customers as well as SME clients will be able to make cashless transactions seamlessly and conveniently, while maintaining a stronger control over their cash flows. Furthermore, the initiative will add benefits to our corporate customers, such as control of spending and compliance with corporate policies.” 

The new corporate credit card delivers a range of innovative benefits and product offerings designed for the diverse needs of large corporations. Additionally, the dedicated self-service portal on AlAhlieCorp responds to requests and enables best-in-class relationship management. The card also offers consolidated e-statements and spending trends, so that cardholders and the management can benefit from simplified reconciliation and enhanced, integrated reporting.

The new credit card features a host of offers and rewards, including complimentary airport lounge access in more than 1,000 lounges across 300 cities with LoungeKey. It further includes complimentary travel and accident insurance, cover for medical emergencies, trip cancellations and lost baggage, in addition to other value-added benefits.

Additionally, companies that request an NCB corporate credit card before June 30 will have their annual fee waived for the first year.