Dr. Sultan Al-Saleh has been the director of the heritage department at the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society (SHPS) in Riyadh since August 2018.
Founded in 2010, the SHPS was established to monitor and encourage public and private initiatives that focus on the preservation of Saudi heritage.
Al-Saleh directs work that focuses on identifying undeveloped and overlooked areas of Kingdom’s cultural legacy, including projects to promote public awareness about the importance of the country’s cultural heritage for present and future generations.
Al-Saleh has both an educational and a practical background in heritage management, at both national and international levels.
As part of his duties at SHPS, Al-Saleh supervises and organizes documentation projects for UNESCO’s heritage lists. He has also represented the Kingdom as part of the Saudi team at several UNESCO meetings.
In addition to his current post, he has been an event consultant at lastminuteSA in Riyadh since May 2019. He also served as a credit officer at Samba Financial Group in Riyadh from 2005 to 2008.
He has been a lecturer at King Saud University in Riyadh since 2008, the university where he received his bachelor’s degree in languages and translation in 2005.
He is also a project management professional with practical knowledge of heritage management methods. He obtained a master’s degree in 2011 in tourism and heritage, focusing on heritage event management, from Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France.
He obtained another master’s degree in 2012 from the same university in tourism and heritage management, focusing on engineering and the management of sites and development.
Al-Saleh recently obtained a doctorate in tourism and heritage from Université Libre de Bruxelles (The Free University of Brussels), which is a French-speaking private research university in Belgium.