Top 10 HR Leaders in KSA to lookout for in 2023

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Saudi Arabia is emerging as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies this year due to its pro-business reforms as well as strong demand and sharp rise in oil prices. It is likely to maintain the pace in 2023. Diversification from the oil economy and digitization are changing the way people work & the skills they will need to work in future. Today we bring you 10 HR leaders from Saudi Arabia, you should be following in 2023. These HR leaders are inspiring and changing workplaces by providing meaningful solutions in the areas of HR management, HR technology & digitization, employee experience, leadership, learning, organizational behaviour & change management.


1. Nasser Alhumaid

Deputy Governor for Human Capital, SWCC

Nasser Al-Humaid is a highly accomplished Executive and Certified Coach with (20) years of progressive exposure in different industries including Government, Healthcare, Consulting, Information Technology, and Petrochemicals. Nasser is a holder of an MBA in HR Management, IMD Alumni, and currently works as Deputy Governor for Human Capital at SWCC_KSA, Chairman of the Board of the first HR Think Tank in Saudi Arabia, and an active member in multiple Board Nominations & Remuneration Committees.

Having worked in diversified industries and cultures, he became able to add considerable value to Organizational Cultural, Talent Strategy, Leadership, and Operational Excellence. Nasser believes that Culture comes always before Structure to drive value-based relations, innovation, learning, and the best people experience to achieve and sustain high business performance.


2. Rania Alsharyoufi

Chief Human Resources Officer – SABB

Rania has been the Chief Human Resources Officer since February 2022. Rania is an accomplished HR Executive with over 10 years of experience in Human Resources. She started her professional journey in recruitment and talent management, and in 2014 progressed to a senior manager role in organizational development where she led several flagship programs. In March 2018 she was appointed as the Head of HR at SABB Takaful.

Rania holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Brunel University. London, United Kingdom. She also has several HR accreditations including CIPD, the Work-Life Certified Professional (WLCP), and Coaching Leader (CLP), as well as executive education from London Business School, INSEAD, and Harvard University.


3. Haithem Al Balawi

Chief Human Resources Officer - Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare

Haithem is a human resources leader for more than 22 years with Saudi Aramco. He obtained both his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an Executive MBA from King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). Since 2013, Haithem has been very focused on delivering HR solutions to various organizations within Saudi Aramco and its affiliates. He led transformation in the HR Systems, Workforce Planning and Analytics Division, and the Compensation Division.

He has participated in various World Economic Forum (WEF) activities and initiatives in fields related to the future of jobs and organizational readiness. He is a member of the global advisors for the “WorldatWork” association. In the past three years, Haithem assumed the role of the Chief Human Resources Officer of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH). He initiated and drove the transformation of the workforce dimension in the JHAH strategy. This includes shaping the Total Rewards, establishing learning and potential frameworks, and building HR processes.


4. Zuhair Al Maghrabi

Chief Human Resources Officer - National Housing Company (KSA)

Zuhair is a diversified advocate for change that drives the development of Human Capital, impacting the country, developing, leading, and executing government and private sector initiatives with thought-provoking think tank methodologies. With over 27 years of progressive experience in advising on a focused knowledge-based and diversified economy, a better work environment in Saudi Arabia with a special focus on female employees, overcoming national and international socio-economic and cultural issues and aligning long-term organizational strategies to the KSA Vision 2030.

He is known for his ability to provide key stakeholders of company and country leadership with exemplary expertise on the full scope and impact of HR functions that drive effectiveness, compliance, and corporate goal alignment. Zuhair led the development of long-term strategies that integrated HR best practices and developed as well as implementing policies and procedures that protected the employees and their rights.

Postgraduate Diploma in HRM, an Executive MBA, a Master of Arts in Education & Human Development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the Umm Al- Qura University in Saudi Arabia. Currently, working on a Doctorate of Business Administration from Aston University.


5. Engr. Hamad Alshawoosh

HR & ADMIN Director – HAJ Gulf Company, Saudi Arabia

Hamad has an MA in Human Resources Management; a master’s degree from a Russell Group – one of the top 10 in the UK -“The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne” and with more than 20 years of a diverse set of senior Human Resources Management experience and practices in the fields of Education & Assessment, Learning & Development, and Contemporary HR & Management Consultancy Services. Hamad worked extensively in Multinational Companies in the Energy Sector - Automation Industry “Oil & Gas”, as well as in the Construction Business Services "Project & Cost Management”. For 12 Years he worked with Yokogawa Middle East & Africa (ME&A) as Regional General Manager of Human Resources and Development with more than 1,500 employees in 14 countries and held a position as a Regional Business Owner (RBO) for HR Function for the (ME&A) global matrix.

He is passionate about growing businesses and developing people. Hamad is actively involved in digital transformation strategies on an organizational level, change management, and business productivity improvement towards technology utilisation with people mindset inherent and fundamental change.

Hamad is currently the Director of HR & Administration for HAJ Gulf Company which operates as a Charted Quantity Surveyor and a Client Representative for Project and Cost Management, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


6. Waleed Althenayan

HR & Administration Director, Al Rajhi Capital

Waleed currently holds the position of HR & Administration Director, where he manages recruitment, training and development, employee relations, and compensation, in addition to administration services. Having more than 20 years of experience in the areas of recruitment, talent training, and HR development. Prior to joining Al Rajhi Capital, he has been working in the training department at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University, USA.


7. Mutlaq Al-Anezi

Group Chief Human Resources Officer, The Saudi National Bank - SNB

Mutlaq Al-Anezi has over 22 years of experience in various executive roles in HR like recruitment, talent management, and talent development in the banking industry. Prior to his current role as Group Chief Human Resources Officer at Saudi National Bank (SNB), he was the Group Head of HR at the National Commercial bank. He joined National Commercial Bank in 2013. Prior to SNB and NCB. He worked in SABB, an affiliate of HSBC for 8 years, in executive roles. Mutlaq Joined SABB in 2005 right after he moved from the Institute of Public Administration where he was a faculty Staff Member. Mutlaq Al-Anezi is a graduate of Murray State University, holding a Master in TESOL.


8. Badr Al Rowaili

Vice President of Human Resources, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Al Habib Medical Group

Badr Al Rowaili is an HR passionate, Human Capital Management advisor with over two decades of distinguished success in the field of HR Management, Development, and Consulting.

A keen eye for people-centricity, overseeing people as an asset and developing tactical plans to meet strategic goals. Adaptable and forward-thinking, methodical about capturing every business opportunity with multi-pronged approaches and a continuous focus on people engagement ensuring excellent service standards while creating ingenious people experience. Adheres to a technology-driven approach while creating detail-oriented processes and workflows improving operational efficiency in existing as well as new processes.

Badr work as Vice President of Human Recourses at Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group, aligning customized & cost-effective cutting-edge technology-based solutions as per the changing business challenges enabling achievement of HR Excellency, operational efficiency, cost & resource savings. Adept in formulating strategies for augmenting efficiency and establishing long & short-term strategic goals. Successfully led the Digital Automation & Transformation Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group subsidiary companies across three Countries, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Dubai with 15K staffing.


9. Nasreen Al-Dossary

Group Chief Human Resources Officer, ROSHN

Nasreen Al-Dossary has been appointed as Group Chief Human Resources Officer effective 1st November 2022 reporting to GCEO. Nasreen is a highly accomplished Senior Executive, a visionary and commercially minded entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in leadership, people management, strategy, communication, transformation, change management and entrepreneurial activities. She has a proven track record of success in the development and communication of highly practical business policies and procedures for various profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining ROSHN,

Nasreen was in the capacity of Chief Human Capital Officer at the Saudi Investment Bank, Riyadh. She held senior HR leadership and consulting roles at JPMorgan, Tatweer Educational Transportation Services, The Leaders in Management Consultancy, Arab Gulf Foundation for United Nations Development Program (AGFUND) - Riyadh, and she spent her early career with Saudi American Bank and Saudi Aramco. Nasreen is a Nomination & Remuneration Board Committee member at American Express, Saudi Investment Bank, and Alistithmar Capital. She holds and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Hull, UK, in addition, to several executive leadership certifications from INSEAD and others.

Nasreen is very passionate about organization culture and employees experience. Building talent capabilities and structuring policies and procedures that supports their development, retention and wellbeing.


10. Majdy Ayoub

Human Capital Development Director, Miahona

Majdy is a Talent Development Professional with more than 23 years of practice in different industries such as Power & Energy, Aviation, and Operation & Maintenance. He spent most of his early career with Saudi Electricity Company, leading different roles and projects such as Job Skills Development, Career Development, Training, and Management Development Departments which impact more than 30,000 employees across the kingdom. In his recent role as the HR Director at Saudi Binladin Group, he led the HR team to prepare and mobilize the workforce to absorb the post-pandemic Business Operation bounce back during Ramadan & Hajj Season.

Currently Human Capital Development Director at Miahona the leading company in operating & developing sustainable solutions in water and wastewater projects for Municipal and Industrial utilities in KSA. He is passionate about transforming how HR professionals operate and work to have a business-centric mindset focusing on people by discovering & unleashing the innate potential talent in every individual. His mixture of Computer Science undergraduate degree and Executive Business Administration postgraduate degree enabled him to provide Digital Business Solutions and to lead many initiatives and projects that impacted the corporate business ecosystem.

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