Vision 2030 has ushered in a new development era for Saudi Arabia. A very ambitious strategy, Vision 2030 seeks to explicitly reduce the country’s dependence on oil as the key engine of economic growth and national prosperity, by steering the country towards a more inclusive and diversified economy that is driven by investment, human capital, entrepreneurship, productivity, and innovation. The economy of the future will depend less on the windfall of oil and more on the creativity and entrepreneurship of its youth, both males and females. Recent reforms to expand the opportunities for women in the labor market has already begun to bear fruit as more and more women are establishing their own businesses or assuming leadership positions in the country. But a lot still needs to be done. A key strategy is to provide young women and men with the skills of the future through an inclusive human capital development approach.
In this discussion, I will focus on sharing some policy and programmatic actions that may be undertaken to build an inclusive human capacity development system that enables women to seize the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the economy of the future.
Dr. Eiman Al-Mutairi is currently the Assistant Minister for His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Investment. She is also the Head of the Human Capabilities Development Program Ofﬁce, a Vision 2030 ﬂagship program to develop the education and training system in the Kingdom. In addition, she is leading the National Competitiveness Center (NCC) tasked with reforming the Kingdom’s regulatory and policy environment for doing business and improving national competitiveness through working with public and private partners and implementing international best practices.
Dr. Eiman has over 25 years of professional experience where she was assigned several roles. Some of which are;
- Senior Advisor to His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Investment.
- Head of Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority Transformation Ofﬁce.
- Manager of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Coordination Department and the Manager of Johns
- Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Joint Venture Integration Project.
- Manager of Aramco Medical Support Services Department.
- Team Leader of the Saudi Aramco Leadership Development Transformational Project.
- Head of the Saudi Aramco Workforce Planning and Analytics Department.
- Chief of Quality Improvement and Risk Management at Saudi Aramco Healthcare Services
Dr Eiman holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from King Faisal University, KSA, and holds a Doctorate Degree in Bio-Organic Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. She then gained her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetics/Molecular Biology from Harvard University, USA. She also holds a Certiﬁcation in Executive Coaching from the University of Reading, Henley Business School, UK