Dr. Ahmed Abuzayed
Executive Vice President for MENAT (Middle East North Africa and Turkey)
Ahmed has over 25 years of extensive experience in leading institutions and cutting-edge projects as a subject matter expert in the education, research and knowledge industry, having held executive positions in both the academic and the non-academic world, with a successful track record of helping organizations reach the next stages of development.
Most recently, Ahmed was the managing director of Knowledge and Research at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Aramco. Prior to that, he was the Director of Heritage Library, Qatar Foundation. At the University of Exeter, he was Research & Digital Assets Manager, Head of the Arab World Documentation Unit, and Head of the Exeter Research and Information Content Archives.
Ahmed initiated, developed and managed a wide spectrum of programs and service projects either in higher education or the knowledge and culture industry. His expertise extends to the planning and implementation of new knowledge management systems and developing conceptual and detailed designs for various digital content projects along with associated communication strategies.
Throughout his career, he has gained professional and academic experience in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. One salient example is a nationwide research to measure reading trends and acquisition of knowledge across 13 governorates in Saudi Arabia, in pursuit of developing a national strategy for knowledge society.
His educational background is in information management (MSc) and his PhD (University of Exeter) is on the reform of higher education in less developed countries within the context of knowledge economy/society. He designed a tailor-made model that is based on the reconciliation of the state, society and market roles with high impact on the knowledge economy and consequently the public/global good.