Saleh Alawaj

Position: Deputy minister for electricity, Saudi Arabia

Biography: Saleh Alawaji has been deputy minister for electricity at the Water and Electricity Ministry since 2003. Previously, he was assistant deputy minister for electricity.

Alawaji started his career in standardisation for the Saudi Arabian Standards Organisation in 1982. A decade later, Alawaji moved into the area of renewable energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency. His various roles included three years as director of the Energy Research Institute at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh.

Alawaji is also chairman of Saudi Electricity Company, the main provider of electricity in the kingdom. From 2005 to 2008, he also chaired the board of the GCC Interconnection Authority, the body responsible for the integrated regional power grid. Alawaji has a postgraduate degree in electrical engineering (power systems) from Strathclyde University in Glasgow in the UK.

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