The Board of Directors is the highest governing authority of CST. It oversees its administration, conducts its affairs, and develops and implements its general policies. The Board consists of:
Minister of Communication & Information Technology
Chairman of the Board
H.E. Eng.Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha
His Excellency Engineer Abdullah Alswaha has over two decades of experience in leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Throughout his multi-decade career, he has built multi-billion riyal, high-performing organizations in both the private and public sector.
His Excellency was appointed as Minister of Communications and Information Technology in April 2017. Prior to this, he was the Chief Digital Officer of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in charge of leading key digitization efforts across the public sector, including the creation of a national digital identity scheme, promoting open data and the enablement of digital entrepreneurship.
Before His Excellency joined the Vision 2030 team, he served in the private sector as the CEO of Cisco Saudi Arabia.
Before His Excellency joined the Vision 2030 team, he served in the private sector as the CEO of Cisco Saudi Arabia. Under his leadership, the company remained the leading digitization partner in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region. He also founded Ubieva, a social entrepreneurship incubator that went on to launch the first mobile health app in the Middle East. In addition to his role as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, he also chairs the board of the Saudi Space Commission, Research, Development and Innovation Authority, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the, Communications and Information Technology Commission, Saudi Post, and the National Digitization Committee.
His Excellency is a member of several ministerial level social and economic committees, and sits on the boards of the MISK Foundation and NEOM۔
Education and Certifications
His Excellency holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and computer science from the University of Washington, and has attended the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School.
Governor of CST
Vice Chairman of the Board
H.E. Dr.Mohammed Saud Al-Tamimi
Dr. Mohammed Al-Tamimi has been the Governor of the Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) since October 2019. H.E. is the Vice Chairman of Saudi Space Agency and Vice President of a research group specializing in wireless networks, next-generation networks, and cloud computing at the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva.
His Excellency is a member of Arbitration Committee at the European Telecommunication Networks Innovation Forum, and expert on regulation governance, privatization and competition economics, and international expert in telecommunication networks and cloud computing.
During his years of work, he participated at several specialized associations and research centers in Saudi Arabia
Education and Certifications
His Excellency holds PhD in telecom regulation economics from the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2014), a master’s degree in telecommunications and technology policies from the University of Strathclyde, UK (2005), and bachelor’s degrees in telecommunications engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (2003). In addition, H.E. has attended leadership program at Harvard University (2018-2019), along with contributed several research studies in telecom engineering and regulation economics.
Ministry of Communication & Information Technology Representative
Bassam Abdullah Al-Bassam
Bassam Al-Bassam was appointed as Deputy Minister for telecom and infrastructure at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). He joined the Ministry in December 2017, and prior to his promotion was assistant deputy minister for telecom and infrastructure. Al-Bassam began his career in the telecom industry as a network test engineer at the Advanced Electronics Co. in 1997.
In 2002, he joined Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) as a senior supervising design engineer and was responsible for managing the first rollout of corporate VoIP and public WiMAX services from 2004 to mid-2006. Later in 2006, Al-Bassam moved to the Capital Market Authority where, as network officer, he oversaw IT network design and was responsible for disaster recovery and business continuity from 2006 to 2007. Before his transition to the public sector, Al-Bassam managed client projects at Cisco as program manager from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, he joined CST as director of the studies department, which he managed until 2014, after which he was promoted to lead CST’s projects department until moving to MCIT at the end of 2017.
Al-Bassam graduated in 1997 as an electrical engineer from King Saud University. Since then, he attended a series of leadership and management development programs at INSEAD, IMD Business School and George Washington University’s School of Business.
Ministry of Finance Representative
Ministry of Commerce Representative
م. عبدالله بن سعود العريفي
Ministry of Investment Representative
Presidency of State Security Representative
عبدالله بن ماجد الماجد
Private Sector Representative