Company: National Industrial Cluster Development Programme (NICDP)
Biography: Azzam Shalabi was appointed president of the NICDP when it was set up in 2007.
Previously, he spent more than 25 years working in the oil industry with the state-owned Saudi Aramco. His last role at Aramco was as director of the new business evaluation department.
Shalabi has an engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in the US.
NICDP has been given a five-year mandate from the Council of Ministers to turn the kingdom’s hydrocarbons-dominated economy into a regional industrial powerhouse. Shalabi’s remit is to develop five specialised industrial clusters throughout the country.
The sectors to be represented at the clusters include automotive, construction, metals processing, packaging and consumer goods.
Contact: (+966) 5 0491 1339