Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan, deputy minister at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan
Updated 17 September 2019

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan, deputy minister at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

  • Altheneyyan began his career as a lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyyan has been deputy minister for technology and digital capacities development at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology since December 2017. 

He has a bachelor’s degree in information systems from King Saud University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from Old Dominion University, Virginia.

Altheneyyan began his career as a lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration. He also worked with the General Organization for Social Insurance and the Shoura Council as an IT consultant, and joined Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University as a part-time assistant professor.

In 2003, he joined Saudi Telecom Co. as a customer relationship management system technical leader, before becoming a manager of application and data architecture.

By the end of 2004, Altheneyyan joined Mobily, where he stayed for 10 years, starting as a customer support systems manager before becoming a senior manager for IT operations and then its director. 

He also served as vice president of IT operations, risk management and business continuity, and eventually became a chief technology operations officer from 2013 to 2015.

Althenneyan then joined the Defense Ministry as chief information officer and technology adviser until late 2017.

The third edition of the ICT competition was recently launched in Riyadh.

Altheneyyan said the initiative is part of the ministry’s strategic plans to qualify people in digital transformation, and to create a competitive environment that attracts and stimulates innovation and digital entrepreneurship.


5 million trees to be planted in Saudi Arabia by 2030

Updated 22 October 2019

5 million trees to be planted in Saudi Arabia by 2030

JEDDAH: A deal has been signed to plant 5 million local wild trees in Saudi Arabia by the end of 2030 using treated renewed wastewater.
The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and the Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) signed a memorandum of understanding to support the initiative, which is aimed at reducing the degradation of rangelands and forests, combating desertification, restoring natural habitats, raising environmental awareness and promoting adaptation to climate changes through the cultivation of local wild trees.