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On 14 January 2013, H.R.H. Prince Faisal bin Salman was appointed governor of Madinah province at the rank of minister, replacing Abdulaziz bin Majid. He has been the chairman of Jadwa Investment, a Riyadh-based leading Saudi investment bank, since 2006.

Before embarking on a business career, H.R.H. Prince Faisal bin Salman was a professor of political science at King Saud University. He studied especially political relations in the Persian Gulf region among the others during his academic career.

Faisal bin Salman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from King Saud University. He received a PhD from Oxford University in 1999.

Warren Wilder is Vice President, Chemicals, leading Saudi Aramco’s Downstream chemicals business. In that capacity, he leads the company’s strategically critical chemicals businesses, including the Sadara and Petro-Rabigh joint-ventures.

Mr. Wilder has more than 30 years’ experience in the global chemical and refining industry,including senior leadership positions in several highly respected U.S. and Asian chemicals companies. Mr. Wilder was President and CEO responsible for the olefins, polyolefins and PVC business at Mumbai-based Reliance Industries, Ltd., and he was a Board member and Managing Director of Titan Chemicals in Malaysia. He began his professional career with Exxon in refinery process engineering, financial planning, business development and strategic planning. He has led enterprises in North America, South America and Europe.

He represents Saudi Aramco as a member of Sadara’s Board of Directors. Wilder holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business, and an undergraduate degree, with honors, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Mr. Ali Bin Abdullah Al-Ayed was appointed Director General of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) on 16 AUG 2011. He holds a bachelor’s  degree in Industrial Management from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, as well as a certificate awarded by Chase Manhattan Bank for attendance on their Credit Program in New York.

In addition, he has participated in a number of training programs and courses conducted by international institutions specializing in the financial and administrative sector.

Upon graduation from King Fahd University, Mr. Ali Al-Ayed commenced his career at SIDF. He assumed the responsibilities of various professional, supervisory, senior and leadership positions at the Fund. Additionally, he participated as a member of the boards of directors of various industrial and investment firms in the Kingdom. Besides, he is Head of the Consultative Council of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Financing Guarantee Program (KAFALA). And Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Egyptian Industrial Investment Company.

Mr. Ali Al-Ayed is also a board member of the Boards of Directors of the Saudi Credit and Savings Bank; Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yunbu (MARAFIQ); the Economic Offset Program; the Higher Preparatory Committee for the military Local Industrialization; the National Industrial Clusters Development Program, and the Arabian Company for Industrial Fibers.

Dominic Tildesley received his degree from Southampton University in 1973 and a DPhil from Oxford in 1976. After five years as a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State, Cornell and Oxford Universities he returned to Southampton as Lecturer, Reader, then Professor of Theoretical Chemistry until 1996. In 1996-98 he was Professor of Computational Chemistry at Imperial College, London.

Dominic then moved to Unilever Research Port Sunlight as Head of Physical Science Group 1998-2001, then Chief Scientist, Unilever Home and Personal Care Division 2001-2008. Most recently he acted as Vice President of Discover Platforms 2008-2012. His work in industry has enabled him to create interdisciplinary innovations involving chemistry, materials science, life sciences and engineering. He has encouraged strong programmes of external research working with universities and SME’s in an open and long-term way and has tried to stay close to his academic roots by teaching, publication and working with chemistry departmental advisory boards. He has also been able to gain an appreciation of the growth of science in China and India over the last ten years.

Dominic retired from Uniliever in June 2012. Following researching at the University of Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand France he took up his new role as director of CECAM (Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire) in January 2013 based at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Dominic has been a member of the RSC’s Faraday Division Council and is a recipient of the Marlow Medal and the Tilden Lecture and Medal.

He founded Ingenia Polymers in 1986 to provide products and services to the polymers industry. In the following twenty seven years the company grew rapidly and profitably. It is currently operating in seven countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its plant in the Royal Commission Industrial Area of al Jubail provides advanced technology products and services to the chemical industry of the Kingdom, replaces imports and adds value to exports from the Kingdom.

Previous to that, John was with Imperial Oil, the Canadian affiliate of ExxonMobil in its Chemicals Division.

He has a Chemical Engineering Degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Married to Maria Lefas. Four children and one grand-child

Faysal Mohammed Al-Rasheed is the Advisor and Director of Investments & Industrial Clusters at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona and moved on to complete the Executive Master of Business Administration at Geneva, Switzerland. He has a rich and diverse experience spanning more than 23 years at the Royal Commission. He has held various positions such as Industry Coordinator, Industry Supervisor and Director for Community Affairs and Operations and Maintenance.

His areas of expertise include petrochemicals, hydrocarbons, metals & minerals, oil and gas. As the Director of Investment Affairs & Industrial Clusters, he is responsible for promoting the industrial cities of Jubail, Yanbu and Ras Al Khair and attracting a host of foreign and domestic investors to these cities. He particularly specializes in Industrial and Commercial Investment Promotion, Project Management & Engineering, Master Planning, Project Budgeting, Infrastructure Planning and Scheduling, Administration of Contracts, Operations and Maintenance. He is a member of Saudi Council of Engineers.

Richard Thompson is the Editorial Director of MEED. He is responsible for the content of MEED Magazine and MEED.com.

A keen student of Middle East political and economic affairs, Richard regularly writes and contributes articles to the wider media, including Financial Times and the BBC. He is also a regular speaker on the Middle East economy. Richard joined MEED as Managing Editor in February 2003. During his time at MEED, he has covered many areas of the Middle East economy including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

He was named MEED editor in April 2007 and became Editorial Director in February 2010.  He has a Masters degree in International Relations, and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering with Management Law. Prior to becoming a journalist he worked in the UK construction industry for Atkins and for Laing O’Rourke.

Eng. Khalid holds a postgraduate Master degree, with Honors, in Business Administration from Thunderbird University, USA and a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering, from KSU University, Saudi Arabia.

He gained over 22 years of experience working with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). In the first 7 years he was involved in different functions in Research and Technology including research work, technology development, plant performance improvement and customers support. He spent 7 years setting up Chemicals and Polymers Research Organizations in KSA, USA, India and China. This period included the leadership success to commercialize major breakthrough technologies in SABIC (Acetic Acid and Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO)).

He spent good amount of time to start up commercial plants, lead teams to innovate products and technologies. He also led the initiation of many research works outside the KSA and managed the negotiation teams for technology licensing for 4 years. He participated in different affiliates boards with multi-cultural nature.

In the last 4 years in SABIC, Khalid was responsible to implement innovative solutions to Chemicals Assets in different regions and putting technology roadmap for the company to be a leader in Chemicals.

Khalid joined the National Industrial Cluster Development Program (NICDP) as Vice President of Plastics and Packaging since beginning of 2014 to support the implementation of chemicals and plastics downstream industries in KSA and to lead the initiation of pharmaceutical cluster development.

Rayan Qutub is Chief Operating Officer and Head of Industrial Valley at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). He has more than 19 years of Industrial, Business Development, Marketing, Acquisition, Real-Estate, Education, Healthcare and Regulations Development experience gained from reputable companies such as Emaar, Unilever and Savola.

In his current capacity with KAEC, Rayan is leading th e Industrial and Logistics Valley; a 64 km2 state of the art Industrial and value-added Logistics hub that will be contributing to the job creation and economic development of Saudi Arabia.

During his time with KAEC, Rayan was responsible for the development of the Haramain District, Residential Communities, Education and Healthcare including the construction and operation of KAEC’s first world class school; The World Academy.

Prior to joining KAEC, Rayan worked with Unilever International for ten years with his last post as the Marketing Director, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Middle East. In his capacity, Rayan has managed to successfully launch and grow Unilever’s largest business globally “Foods” in Arabia and to attain more than 10 global and local growth awards.

Rayan is a member of Minaret Business Organization (MBO); Jeddah’s leading distinguished business leaders organization. Moreover, in 2012 he was nominated to join the “Young Arab Leaders Organization” that aims to galvanize 500 of the most accomplished, result-oriented individuals from the region who are active in improving the state of the Arab world.

Rayan graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honor and attended several Executive Education Programs in leadership, real estate and economic development with top Universities such as Oxford, Harris and Harvard.