Council of Ministers: Membership
The Council of Ministers was established by King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud in 1953. It consists of the King who is the Prime Minister, the Crown Prince who is Deputy Prime Minister, and Cabinet ministers. Under the bylaws announced by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in September 1993, the Council is responsible for drafting and overseeing the implementation of the internal, external, financial, economic, educational and defense policies, and general affairs of the state. The Council meets weekly and is presided over by the King or one of his deputies.
On April 30, 2003, King Fahd issued Royal Decrees renaming a number of ministries, and dissolving two of them, effective May 3, 2003, to give a cabinet of 21 ministers with portfolio and 5 ministers of state in addition to himself as Prime Minister and Crown Prince Abdullah as Deputy Prime Minister. On December 23, 2003 he decreed a sixth minister of state with special responsibilities for the affairs of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura). On March 22, 2004, the Ministry of Labor and Social Services was divided into two, so that there are now 22 ministers with portfolio. On July 24, 2005, a new minister of state was appointed, with special responsibilities for foreign affairs. On March 25, 2011, King Abdullah issued a Royal Decree establishing the Ministry of Housing. There are now 23 ministries and 7 ministers of state, two of them with portfolio.
Previous changes are:
On July 16, 2001, the Council of Ministers resolved to divide the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, and create a 23rd ministry; the new Minister was named on September 16, 2002, and the Ministry of Water came into effect on that date.
On June 16, 1999, royal decrees made changes in the cabinet, and created a 22nd ministry, the Ministry of Civil Service.
On August 2, 1995, King Fahd issued a Royal Decree dissolving the Council of Ministers and announcing the names of Ministers in the new Cabinet under his chairmanship.
MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS:
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
King Salman assumed the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 3 Rabi’ al Thani 1436H (January 23, 2015), on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. He was Crown Prince to King Abdullah from June 18, 2012 to January 23, 2015.
King Salman was born in Riyadh in 1935 and received formal education at the Princes's School. He served as Acting Mayor of Riyadh, 1954; Mayor of Riyadh 1955-60; Governor of Riyadh Province, 1963-2011. In 2011, King Abdullah appointed him Minister of Defense in 2011 and Crown Prince in 2012. Extended biography
MINISTERS WITH PORTFOLIO
Deputy Prime Minister
Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: 1945 in Riyadh
Education: Royal Air Force College Cranwell, United Kingdom.
Positions Held: Royal Saudi Air Force, 1965-1980; appointed Assistant to Air Operations Manager and Head of Plans and Operations Division in the Royal Saudi Air Force, 1977; Governor of Hail Province, 1980-1999; Governor of Madinah Province, 1999-2005; Chairman of General Intelligence, 2005-2012; appointed advisor and special envoy of King Abdullah, 2012. Named Second Deputy Prime Minister by King Abdullah on February 1, 2013 and Deputy Crown Prince on March 27, 2014. King Salman named him Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister on January 23, 2015. Extended biography
Second Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Interior:
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: August 30, 1959 in Jeddah
Education: BA in political science, USA, 1981
Positions Held: Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs (1999-2012); Minister of Interior since November 5, 2012. King Salman named him Deputy Crown Prince and Second Deputy Prime Minister on January 23, 2015. Extended biography
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Education: BA in Economics, Princeton University, 1964.
Positions Held: Deputy Governor of Petromin, 1970-71; Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, 1971; Minister of Foreign Affairs since 1975.
Minister of Education:
Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil
Education: PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, 2002; MA in Architecture, California State University, 1984; BE in Architecture, King Saud University, 1981.
Position: Honorary Visiting Fellow, Department of Journalism, City University London; chief executive officer, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation (MISK); 2014; various executive positions with Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) since 2003; chief executive officer, SRMG, 2008-2015; board member of several private and government companies, including Saudi Printing & Packaging Company, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (governmental), and Saudi Automotive Services Co. Named Minister of Education on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs:
Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al-AsShaikh
Positions Held: Named Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs on January 29, 2015.
Minister of the National Guard
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: March 26, 1952 in Riyadh
Education: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom, 1974; M.A. Military Science, Command and Staff College, Riyadh.
Positions Held: Member of the faculty of the National Guards military schools; chaired the committee charged with developing the curricula of the newly formed King Khalid Military College, 1982; appointed Commandant of the King Khalid Military College, 1983; Deputy Head National Guard military unit,1990-2000; Deputy Assistant Chief of National Guard for Military Affairs, 2000-2010; Deputy Chief of National Guard for Executive Affairs, June 11, 2010- October 20, 2010; Appointed Minister of State and member of the Council of Ministers and head of the National Guard, October 20, 2010. Minister of the National Guard since May 27, 2013.
Minister of Defense
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Education: BA in law, King Saud University
Positions Held: Secretary General of the Riyadh Competitiveness Center; special adviser to the chairman of King Abdulaziz Foundation; adviser at the Experts’ Commission of the Council of Ministers; special advisor to the governor of Riyadh Province; President of the Crown Prince’s Court and Special Advisor to the Crown Prince, since 2013; Minister of State and member of the Cabinet, 2014-2015. Appointed chief of Royal Protocol and special advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on January 23, 2015. Named Minister of Defense on January 23, 2015.
Minister of Agriculture
Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli
Positions Held: Named Minister of Agriculture on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Water and Electricity:
Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husein
Education: MS in computer science, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1976; BS in electrical engineering and BS in mathematics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1973.
Positions held: Lecturer, King Saud University, 1974-1977; director, Computer Department, Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) 1977-1980; director, Operation and Maintenance Department, SWCC, 1980-1985; deputy governor, Operation and Maintenance Department, SWCC, 1985-2011; governor, Saline Water Conversion Corporation, 2001-2003; deputy chairman and chairman of the board of Water and Electricity, 2003-2004. Minister of Water and Electricity since April 13, 2004.
Minister of Civil Service:
Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj
Positions held: Named Minister of Civil Service on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Finance:
Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
Education: PhD in Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; MA in Economics, Denver University, Colorado; BA in Economics and Political Science, King Saud University, Riyadh.
Positions Held: Lecturer in principles of economics 1971-1982, then associate professor of economics and head of the Department of Administrative Sciences 1982-1986 at King Abdul Aziz Military College in Riyadh; guest lecturer 1982-1983 at the College of Command and Staff; part-time advisor to the Saudi Development Fund 1982-1986; alternate Saudi executive director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 1986-1989; Saudi executive director on the executive board of the World Bank Group 1989-1995; vice-governor of the Saudi Monetary Agency June to October 1995; Minister of State and Member of the Council of Ministers October 1995 to January 1996; Minister of Finance and National Economy 1996-2003; Minister of Finance since May 2003.
Minister of Health:
Mr. Mohammed bin Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al-AshSheikh (Acting)
Born: 6 Jumada I, 1389H (July 21 1969) in Taif.
Education: LLM, Harvard Law School; BA in Shari'ah (law); Umm Al-Qura University.
Positions Held: World Bank, 1998-2001; New York law firm, 2001-2003; legal advisor, 2003-2012; executive board member and representative of Saudi Arabia in the World Bank, 2013; Chairman of the Board of the Capital Market Authority, 2013-2015; member of the boards of directors of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco), the World Bank Group, and the International Organization of Securities Commissions. Current Minister of State, member of the Cabinet and member of the Economic and Development Affairs Council. Named Acting Minister of Health on April 11, 2015.
Minister of Commerce and Industry:
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
Education: PhD in Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh; MS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science, King Saudi University; BA in Financial Management and Mathematics, King Saud University.
Positions Held: Assistant Professor at King Saud University, 1999-2002; Director General Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) since 2007; Acting Deputy Minister, Ministry of Commerce & Industry (2010-2012; Supervisor for the National Industrial Strategy (2010-2012); Director General of the Information and Communications Technology sector at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA); Faculty member at King Saud University; teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Minister of Commerce and Industry since April 30, 2003.
Minister of Culture and Information:
Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi
Education: PhD in international relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012; MA in international conflict, University of Kingston, London, 2008.
Positions Held: Journalist and columnist, Al-Riyadh newspaper; editor-in-chief , The Majalla magaznie, 2010-2012; deputy editor-in-chief, Asharq AlAwsat, 2013-2014; general manager, Alarabiya News Channel, November 2014 - January 2015. Names Minister of Culture and Information on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance:
Sheikh Saleh Bin Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh
Positions Held: Named Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Justice:
Dr. Walid bin Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Samaani
Positions Held: Named Minister of Justice on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Labor:
Adel bin Mohammed Fakeih
Born: 1379 H (1959), in Makkah
Education: BA in Industrial Engineering
Positions Held: Mayor of Jeddah Municipality, 2005-2010; Chairman of The Savola Group; Chief of Development of Services and Facilities at the Council of Makkah Region; Member of the Municipal Council of Jeddah Municipality; Member of the Supreme Body for Developing Makkah Region; President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah; Chairman of Al-Jazirah Bank; Member of the Supreme Commission for Tourism; Member of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu; Minister of Labor since August 18, 2010.
Minister of Social Affairs:
Dr. Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi
Education: PhD in engineering management, University of Missouri, 1985; MA in engineering management, University of Missouri, 1983; MA in civil engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1982; BA in civil engineering, University of Portland, Oregon, 1981.
Positions Held: Assistant professor of industrial engineering, King Abdulaziz University, 1987-1998; Secretary General, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 1998-2002; director-general of the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation, 2002-2013; Adviser at the Crown Princes’ Court, 2010-2011; President of the Special Affairs for the Crown Prince, 2011-2014; Advisor at the Crown Prince’s Court, 2010-2014; Chief of Private Affairs for the Crown Prince, 2014-2015; president, Jeddah Economic Forum. Served as member of the boards of the Council of Prince Salman Center for Disability Research Management, Association Majed bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Service, Saudi Society for Alzheimer's Disease, Saudi Society to Preserve the Heritage, Council of the Saudi Ports Authority Management, High Commission for the Development of Hail, the Centennial Fund, and Supreme Economic Council. Named Minister of Social Affairs on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources:
Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
Education: MSc Geology, Stanford University, USA; BSc, Geology, LeHigh University.
Positions Held: Joined ARAMCO in 1947; Supervisor, Production Department, Abqaiq, 1969; Assistant Director, then Director of Production, Northern Province, 1972-75; Vice-President, Production Affairs, 1975; Vice-President, Petroleum Affairs, 1978; Member, Board of Directors, 1980; Executive Vice-President, Oil and Gas Affairs, 1981; President, Saudi Aramco, 1983; Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources since 1995.
Minister of Hajj:
Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Hajjar
Born: 1953 in Madinah
Education: PhD in economics, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, 1989; MA in economics, Indiana University, USA, 1980; BA in political science and economics, King Saud University, 1976.Positions
Held: Deputy director of the Islamic Economics Research Center, King Abdulaziz University; deputy dean of College of Economy and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, 1995-1998; deputy chairman of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), 2004-2005; chairman NSHR, 2005-2008; Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), 1998-2008; deputy speaker of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura), 2008-2011. Minister of Hajj on December 13, 2011.
Minister of National Economy and Planning:
Dr. Mohammed bin Sulaiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser
Born: 1955 in Buraidah
Education: PhD in economics, San Diego State University, 1979; MA in economics, University of California, Berkley, 1981; BA, University of California, Berkley, 1979
Positions Held: Economic Advisor to the Executive Director for Saudi Arabia at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1988-1989; Alternative Executive Director at the IMF, 1989-1990; Executive Director at the IMF, 1990-1995; Vice Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), 1995-2009; Governor of SAMA, 2009-2011; member of the Saudi Arabian Negotiation Team on the accession of Saudi Arabia to the WTO and chairman of the WTO Services Group, 2005. Named Minister of Finance and National Economy on December 13, 2011.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology:
Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel
Born: December 25, 1950 in Al-Mahadon
Education: PhD in Computer Science (Algorithms), University of Southern California, 1979; MSc. in Computer Science (Algorithms), University of Southern California, 1975; BS in General Engineering (Systems), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, 1972.
Positions Held: Chairman, Systems Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals; dean, Computer Science and Engineering College, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals; Vice President, Research Institutes, KACST, 1991-2003; member, board of directors, Saudi Aramco, since 2001; Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission, 2003-2007; President, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), 2007-2015. Named Minister of Communications and Information Technology on January 29, 2015.
Minister of Transport:
Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel
Positions Held: Mayor of Riyadh; Deputy Minister of Transport; Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications; Director General of the Department for Studies and Designing, Ministry of Communications. Named Minister of Transport on December 8, 2014
Minister of Housing:
Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed
Positions Held: Minister of state and minister without portfolio, December 8, 2014-March 11, 2015. Named Minister of Housing on March 11, 2015.
MINISTERS OF STATE:
HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
Dr. Muttlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafissa
Dr. Musaid bin Muhammad Al-Eiban
Mr. Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abusaq (for Shura Affairs)
Dr. Nizar Obeid Madani (for Foreign Affairs)
Mr. Mohammed bin Abdul Malik bin Abdullah Al-AshSheikh