Dr. Wafa Al-Rushaid: philanthropist, writer, art collector and CEO of Al-Tamkeen Society

When it comes to entrepreneurs who have left their mark in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Wafa Al-Rushaid is perhaps one of the most well-known female entrepreneurs in her field. She is the CEO of Al-Tamkeen Company and a current board member of Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP). She is known for her work in the field of philanthropy and as the owner of one of the largest collections of Arab women’s art in the Kingdom.

Dr. Al-Rushaid holds several certifications from a handful of universities and institutions. Most notably, this includes a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy from the American Graduate School in Paris and an Associate of Art (AA) in Art History, Criticism and Curatorial from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Since 1991, Dr. Al-Rushaid has built a career as a director and member of the board of directors of several companies, such as serving as branch manager at Samba International Group in 1992, CEO of Raffles Design Institute and member of SPSP’s Board of Directors in 2011. In addition to working for corporations, she has devoted her time to philanthropy. In 2002, for example, she worked for the UNDP as an independent consultant for six years and the Sanad Kids Cancer Foundation as a board member and treasurer from 2011.

Additionally, she is a writer for Alwatan S.A. with previous experience as a columnist for Okaz Organization for the press and publications. She is also known for advocating for women in the Kingdom.

However, Dr. Al-Rushaid is perhaps best known for empowering entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. She is currently CEO of Tamkeen Company, which was established in 2011 to empower entrepreneurs through a collaborative work team to create distinctive educational, economic and cultural initiatives. In fact, he has been proactive in several projects. This includes Ana Arabiah, a prestigious event that showcases modern Arabian dresses and accessories, all made by talented designers from across the region.

Norma D. Ross