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

Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan
Updated 12 January 2019

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.

 


‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

Updated 33 min 3 sec ago

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability. 

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting http://wusool.sa.