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 AS OF NOVEMBER 2010:
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
King Abdullah assumed the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 25 Jumada al-Thani 1426H (August 1, 2005), on the death of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. The son of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud, the legendary founder of the modern Kingdom, King Abdullah inherited his father's legacy as the guardian of a nation deeply rooted in the Islamic faith. He was Crown Prince to King Fahd from 1982 to 2005.
King Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1924 and received formal education from religious scholars and intellectuals. He was commander the Saudi National Guard from 1963 to 2010. Extended biography
MINISTERS WITH PORTFOLIO
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Defense:
HRH Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: 1935 in Riyadh
Education: Studied at the Princes's School studied religion and modern science.
Positions Held: Acting Mayor of Riyadh, 1954; Mayor of Riyadh 1955-60; Governor of Riyadh Province, 1963-2011. Appointed Minister of Defense by King Abdullah on November 5, 2011. Named Crown Prince by King Abdullah on June 18, 2012. Extended biography
Second Deputy Prime Minister
HRH Deputy 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.
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:
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Saud
Education: Political Economy from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom
Positions Held: Director General of the Presidency of Youth Welfare; Governor of Asir Province, 1971-2007; 2007-2013, Governor of Makkah Province. Minister of Education since December 22, 2013.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs:
HRH Prince Mansour bin Met'eb bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Education: PhD in Public Administration, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.
Positions Held: Deputy Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, 2006-2009; Chairman of the General Committee for Municipal Elections; faculty member at the Department of Public Administration at the School of Administrative Science, King Saud University; Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs since November 2, 2009.
Minister of the Interior:
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: August 30, 1959 in Jeddah
Education: BA in Political Science, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, USA, 1981
Positions Held: Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs (1999-2012); Minister of Interior since November 5, 2012.
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 Agriculture
Walid bin Abdulkarim Al-Khuraiji
Education: Civil Engineering from the University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
Positions Held: Chairman of International Grains Council, Director General of Grain Silos & Flour Mills Organization; Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; Director General of Water and Agriculture Department in Makkah Region; Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program in Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom’s representative to the International Criminal Court. Named Minister of Agriculture on December 8, 2014.
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:
Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Barak
Born: 1956 in Al-Hasa
Education: PhD in public administration, University of Pittsburgh,1989; MA in public administration, University of Pittsburgh, 1983; BA in business administration, King Saud University, 1980.
Positions held: Teaching assistant, King Saud University, 1980-1981; assistant professor, King Saud University,1989-1999; member of Shura Council, 2001-2008; deputy speaker of Shura Council, 2008-2009; assistant chairman of the Shura Council, 2009-2011. Minister of Civil Service since December 13, 2011.
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:
Dr. Mohammed bin Ali bin Hiazaa Al-Hiazaa
Education: PhD in Chemistry, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, 1992; M.Sc. in Chemistry, Boston University, 1988; B.Sc. in Chemistry, King Saud University, 1981.
Positions Held: Teaching assistant, Chemistry Department, King Saud University, 1981; teaching assistant, Chemistry Department, Boston University, 1988–1992; assistant chemistry professor, King Saud University (Abha Branch), 1992–1998; vice dean, College of Education, King Saud University (Abha Branch), 1995–1996; acting dcean, College of Education, King Saud University (Abha Branch), 1996-1997; associate chemistry professor, King Khalid University, 1998–2003; dean, College of Education, King Saud University (Abha Branch), 1997–1999; dean College of Science, King Khalid University, 1999–2002; acting dean, College of Computer Science, King Khalid University, 2000–2002; acting dean, College of Engineering, 2001–2002; professor of chemistry, King Khalid University, 2003; Vice President for Post Graduate Studies and Research, King Khalid University, 2002-2007; President, Jazan University, November 24, 2007-December 8, 2014. Named Minister of Health on December 8, 2014.
Minister of Higher Education:
Dr. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Sabti
Education: MA in Computer Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA
Positions Held: Deputy Minister of Education. Named Minister of Higher Education on December 8, 2014
Minister of Commerce and Industry:
Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah
Education: PhD in Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh; M.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Information Science, King Saudi University; B.A. 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. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Khudair
Education: PhD in Strategic Planning from the University of London; M.A. in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, MA, USA
Positions Held: Executive Manager of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project for Developing Public Education; Executive President of Education Developing Holding Company; Undersecretary of the Governorate of Makkah Region; Secretary General of Makkah and Al-Mashaer (Sacred Places) Development Commission; Undersecretary of the Governorate of Asir Region; Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Municipal and Regional Affairs for City Planning; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Association for Urban Sciences; Technical Director for the United Nations Regional Development Project; Assistant Professor at King Saud University and Public Administration Institute. Names Minister of Culture and Information on December 8, 2014.
Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance:
Dr. Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail
Positions Held: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance on December 8, 2014.
Minister of Justice:
Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkareem Al-Issa
Born: June 9, 1965 in Riyadh
Education: PhD, Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, MA, Imam Muhammad bin Saud University.
Positions Held: Vice President to the Board of Grievances, 2007-2009; Minister of Justice since February 14, 2009.
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:
Soliman bin Saad Al-Humayyd
Born: 1947 in Jubail
Education: MA in Business Administration and Finance, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, USA, 1973; BA in Business Administration, University of Northern Colorado, 1972;
Positions Held: member, Majlis Ash-Shura; governor of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), 1973. Named Minister of Social Affairs on December 8, 2014.
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. Fahaad bin Matad bin Shafaq Al-Hamad
Education: PhD in Philosophy from State University of New York, New York, USA, 1988; MA in Public Administration, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA, 1984; BA in Public Administration, King Abdulaziz University, 1979.
Positions Held: Assistant Speaker, Majlis Ash-Shura, December 12, 2011-December 8, 2014; member, Majlis Ash-Shura December 4, 2005-December 12, 2011; Deputy Director General for Research and Information, Institute of Public Administration, 1996-2005. Named Minister of Communications and Information Technology on December 8, 2014.
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. Shuwaish bin Saudi bin Duwaihi Al-Duwaihi
Education: PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom, 1998; MS in Mechanical Engineering, King Saud University, 1993; BS in Industrial Engineering, King Saud University, 1991.
Positions Held: Member, Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council), 1997-2005; Governor, General Housing Authority, 2008-2011; Minister of Housing since March 2011, when the Ministry was created.
MINISTERS OF STATE:
HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (11/17/2010)
HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz (4/25/2014)
Dr. Muttlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafissa
Dr. Musaid bin Muhammad Al-Eiban
Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abusaq (6/28/2014; for Shura Affairs)
Dr. Nizar Obeid Madani (08/29/05; for Foreign Affairs)
Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed (12/08/2014)