PROFILE: Meet the new Saudi Information Minister Dr. Awwad al-Awwad

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Newly-appointed Saudi information minister Awwad Saleh al-Awwad was born on April 11, 1972 and he’s married with three children.

He attained his Bachelor's Degree from the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at King Saud University in Riyadh in 1992 then attained his Masters Degree in Banking Operations from the University of Boston in 1996. He attained his PhD in Financial Markets from the University of Warwick in Britain in 2000.

He served as the kingdom’s envoy in Germany since October 2015 until April 22, 2017 when the king issued a decree to assign him as minister of information.

He’s previously worked as a consultant for economic and financial affairs at the crown prince’s office, as a consultant for Riyadh’s emir, as deputy governor of the General Authority for Investment and as head of the national competition center that aims to develop investments procedure.

His first job at the government was at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) where he was head of the financial studies and banking supervision at the banking institute.

Awwad headed the kingdom’s delegation which was assigned to hold negotiations related to the protection and encouragement of international investments between the kingdom and different countries. He also headed the Saudi team tasked with addressing commercial disputes at the World Trade Organization.

He was the deputy chief of the joint Swiss-Saudi commission and of the joint Russian-Saudi commission.

He also took training courses and studied some programs such as the: Program for Executives at Harvard University, the Singapore Government Economic Development Program, Intensive Management Program at Cranfield, Banking Operations Program and the Eisenhower Program for Young Leaders.