Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the UK

Updated 17 April 2019

Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the UK

  • Prince Khaled has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years

Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the UK, has thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for giving him the responsibility. 

He vowed to fulfill his responsibilities to meet the expectations of the king and the crown prince. 

He also expressed his wish to serve the Kingdom and its people in the UK and to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. He also prayed for the safety and prosperity of the Kingdom.

Previously, Prince Khaled served as the Saudi envoy to Germany. He was appointed to this position in June 2017. 

He is the son of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the former head of Saudi intelligence. 

Prince Khaled has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years. Prince Khaled has also worked at the UN’s department of political affairs in New York. Prince Khaled bin Bandar is also the executive chairman of Dayım Holding, established in 2006 to act as a vehicle for investment, strategic partnerships and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia. 

He also headed Hertz Equipment Rental in Saudi Arabia, and led several other key business ventures. Prince Khaled graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies. 

He also graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy as a commissioned officer, before obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Prince Khaled married Lucy Caroline Cuthbert in 2011. She is the maternal niece of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. 

TheFace: Mezna Al-Marzooqi, assistant professor at King Saud University

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TheFace: Mezna Al-Marzooqi, assistant professor at King Saud University

I am from a middle-class family; my father was a businessman and my mother taught illiterate adults how to read and write.

I am also a middle child, the third among three sisters and two brothers. My oldest brother died in 2007, and my father passed away a year after that. My mother is the resilient one in the family and she managed to hold us all together. I learned a lot about life and love from my Mama.

She showered us in unconditional love, letting me pursue my education and giving me the freedom to travel.

She is also very enthusiastic about helping others through volunteer work and she expects nothing in return.

One incident that really had a big impact on me was when she supported my uncle with the running of his date factory and brought in low-income families to help them find jobs.

Her passion to help others has inspired me to keep on giving. She is my biggest source of inspiration and I hope one day I can be like her.

My family moved around a lot as I was growing up. I was born in Alkhobar, but we moved to Buqayq and lived on a farm, something my father encouraged as he was very outdoorsy.

When I was in elementary school, I remember regularly walking to my aunt’s house in Alkhobar. She worked for Saudi Aramco, and there were a lot of communities and sports clubs that I joined in with. I have fond memories of attending karate classes with my cousins and getting my yellow belt during my sixth grade.

During high school, we moved to Al-Ahsa, and I later applied to King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, where I studied medical science and health education.

I then traveled to the US to pursue a master’s degree in public health. I was fortunate enough to be accepted for a six-month training program with the World Health Organization (WHO). Working with a big, multicultural team, I learned a lot, especially from my supervisor.

After gaining my master’s degree, I returned to Saudi Arabia where I was recruited by KSU. I had signed my contract with the university while in America through its program of attracting outstanding professors and researchers.

After teaching for one year at KSU, I went to Australia for four years to do my Ph.D.

I now live in Riyadh working full time as an assistant professor teaching public health in the community health science department at KSU’s applied medical science college.

My research is currently focused on physical activity, especially for female school students and those at college level. One of my projects is aimed at increasing physical activity awareness among small female students and physical literacy, another area I am trying to add to my research. The Kingdom has few women in this field, so I would love to help as many Saudi female researchers as I can.

My family, mother, sisters, brother, niece and nephew remain my top priorities. I believe that life is short so live moments to the full, enjoy life and do all things possible to bring peace to my community.

I am passionate about having harmony with the people around me. Community members may have different attitudes or views, but they all have the same human feelings.

My favorite quote is by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Indian philosopher) who said: “Self-knowledge has no end — you don’t come to an achievement; you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.”

I have never regretted the career path I’ve taken. I love what I’m doing and am glad to spend my free time engaged in community work and helping others, as my mother has always done.