Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey
Updated 10 July 2019

Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey, CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhey has been the CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority since October 2016. 

Al-Jadhey has also been vice dean for academic affairs at the College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh since 2009. 

He began his career at King Saud University 11 years ago as director of the medication safety research chair. Al-Jadhey has also been assistant professor at the College of Pharmacy since 2008.

He has worked in various positions including as supervisor of pharmacy services at Medical City and as director of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

Al-Jadhey has been a consultant to the College of Pharmacy at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh since 2012. He has also been an honorary and adjunct lecturer at universities in the UK and Malaysia. 

He worked as a teaching assistant at Purdue University in Indiana, the US, between 2003 and 2004. He was awarded the Andrew McAfee Award for scientists by the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

Al-Jadhey holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from King Saud University in Riyadh, and a doctorate in pharmacy from Purdue University in Indiana, US. 

He has also done his residency program in ambulatory and medication safety at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia, US.  He received a PhD in pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety from the University of North Carolina. 

He is leading the Saudi Arabian delegation at the Codex Alimentarius Commission conference, held in Switzerland from July 8 to 12.

The conference is focused on a number of issues related to the development of Codex.


World leaders call for courage as virus death toll nears 70,000

Updated 06 April 2020

World leaders call for courage as virus death toll nears 70,000

  • Be strong, Pope Francis says
  • US faces ‘Pearl Harbor moment’

JEDDAH: World leaders urged people on Sunday to show courage and strength in fighting the coronavirus pandemic as the global death toll approached 70,000 from more than 1.25 million cases of infection.

Pope Francis described the outbreak as a tragedy, Queen Elizabeth of the UK offered her personal thanks to frontline health workers, and Americans were warned that they faced the “hardest and the saddest week” of their lives.

Saudi Arabia reported five more deaths from the virus, bringing the total to 34. The number of confirmed cases rose by 206 to 2,385, the highest among Gulf Arab states.

The Foreign Ministry will register requests this week from Saudis abroad who want to return home, with priority given to the elderly, pregnant women and people in countries most affected by the pandemic. Those who return are subject to a 14-day quarantine, and about 11,000 hotel rooms have been set aside for them.

The Health Ministry warned that too many people were ignoring advice to stay at home. “Unfortunately, there is still more than 40 percent mobility in shopping and outdoor activities. This is a very alarming percentage,”ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said.

“We are all in this boat together, and those who risk their own lives by going out for no urgent need are risking everybody else’s lives too.”

The six Gulf states have reported 6,757 cases of infection and 54 deaths from the coronavirus. The UAE, where 1,505 people have been infected and 10 have died, will increase its stockpile of strategic goods and waive residency visa fines for the rest of the year, said the prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

In Rome, on Palm Sunday, a Christian religious festival, Pope Francis celebrated mass by live stream with St.Peter’s Square empty of the usual huge crowds.

“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love’,” he said.

Queen Elizabeth gave a rare special address to the British people, only the fourth in her 68-year reign. She praised frontline health workers and more than 750,000 people who volunteered to help the state-run National Health Service.

“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge, and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any,” she said.

In the US, as the death toll approached 10,000, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said: “This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives … our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.”