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RIYADH: A number of scientists, doctors, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs have recently been granted Saudi citizenship.

The Royal Order aims to grant Saudi citizenship to individuals whose distinguished legal, medical, scientific, cultural, sporting and technical expertise serve the nation in various fields.

Here is a list of Saudi citizenship beneficiaries as published by the financial news portal, Argaam.

Islam Zween, CEO of Argaam

Mohammed Zween is considered a pioneer in the Arab world of a media model that emphasizes quality and educational content aimed at profitability. (File/Argaam)

Zween holds a master’s degree from Alexandria University in Egypt with over 25 years of experience in technology, media and business management.
Over the past 18 years, Zween has dedicated his efforts to building pioneering digital projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt, including “Argaam Financial Portal” and Akhbaar 24.com.

Since 2013, he has implemented a new strategy at Argaam, transforming it into the leading provider of financial media and data journalism in Saudi Arabia and the GCC. It also revamped the company’s business model, helping to diversify its revenue streams and achieve profitability.

Through Argaam, Zween has launched numerous initiatives and projects that have enriched financial data content and investment awareness in the Kingdom. He has led many successful media and financial data partnerships with local and Gulf entities and has made significant contributions to the development of financial media in the Kingdom and the Gulf. Under his leadership, Argaam won the Dubai Media Award for Best Economic Platform in 2023.

Mehmood Khan, CEO of Hevolution Foundation

Dr. Mehmood Khan’s distinguished career has included several senior corporate roles, including Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Global Research and Development at PepsiCo and President of Global Research and Development at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. (File/Hospitals Magazine)

Khan, a US citizen, is the CEO of the Hevolution Foundation, the first non-profit organization that funds research through grants and offers investments in biotechnology to advance the health sciences. Khan specializes in a precise field, holds a PhD from a prestigious university and has over 10 years of hands-on experience, including managing academic programs such as the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition Study Unit at the Mayo Clinic and serving as Director scientific. and head of global research and development at PepsiCo.

Jackie Y. Ying, Chair, Department of Bioengineering and Nanomedicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center

Professor Ying was elected Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and Fellow of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. (Provided)

Ying is a Singaporean-American scientist who was the founding Executive Director of the Singapore Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (2003-2018). He currently heads the NanoBio Laboratory and is a Senior Scientist at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). She has published many articles on biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. Professor Ying was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences and named one of the “100 Engineers of the Modern Era”. Professor Ying was elected Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and Fellow of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.

Niveen Khashab, founding member of KAUST

After completing her PhD at the University of Florida, Niveen Khashab joined KAUST and became a professor of chemical sciences. (Provided)

Khashab is a Lebanese scientist with advanced expertise and contributions in bioengineering and nanomaterials. She is a founding member of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and has been an associate professor of chemical science and engineering there since 2009. She is one of the recipients of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science for her contributions to the invention of innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and the development of new technologies to observe antioxidant activity between cells.

Noreddine Ghaffour, Center for Desalination and Water Reuse, KAUST

Noreddine Ghaffour received her M.Sc. and PhD degrees in energy and process engineering from the University of Montpellier, France. (Provided)

Ghaffour is a French scientist who holds a PhD in membrane separation techniques from the University of Montpellier (1995) and is currently a professor of environmental science and engineering at KAUST. He specializes in water desalination techniques and has published articles and research on environmental science, renewable energy and membrane separation.

Faraz Khalid, CEO of Noon

Khalid, who holds an MBA from The Wharton School, was instrumental in the success of Namshi, which was launched in 2012. (Supplied)

Khalid is an Indian entrepreneur with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Project Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the CEO of e-commerce platform Noon and co-founded Namshi, where he served as CEO and was responsible for building, launching and scaling the website.

Dr. Moutassem Azzubi, head of pediatric neurosurgery at the King Abdullah Children’s Specialized Hospital

The legend

Azzubi is a Syrian neurosurgeon who has performed numerous simultaneous twin-separation operations in the Kingdom and abroad. He was recognized for his contributions to the expansion of the Saudi Conjoined Twin Program and the surgical team under the leadership of Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court, General Supervisor of KSrelief.

Rami Al-Qawasmi, CEO of Mawdoo3.com

Rami Al-Qawasni holds a BA in Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and started his business journey in Jordan. (Provided)

Al-Qawasmi is known for his passion for artificial intelligence and startup development. He created and developed over 10 companies before the age of 30. Under his leadership, Mawdoo3.com raised $23.5 million in a funding round.

Ahmed Mirghani, partner at BIM Ventures

Ahmed Mirghani helped bring many traditional investors into the venture capital world. (Provided)

Mirghani is a Sudanese entrepreneur with an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He is a co-founder and a leading figure at BIM Ventures and founded the “Angel Investor Mine” network, which has significantly contributed to bringing many traditional investors into the world of venture capital and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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