Ahmed Alsuwaiyan

Ahmed Alsuwaiyan
أحمد بن محمد الصويان
Ahmed Alsuwaiyan
Ahmed Alsuwaiyan 2023
Governor of the Digital Government Authority in KSA
In office
May 3, 2021 – now
Personal details
ResidenceSaudi Arabia

Ahmed Mohammed Alsuwaiyan (Arabic: أحمد بن محمد الصويان) was appointed governor and board member of the Digital Government Authority (DGA) in May 2021.[1][2][3][4] He is also a board member of the National Center for Government Resources Systems (NCGR),[5] & Saudi Business Center (SBC). He is an active member of many other boards and committees.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Before his current role as the governor of the Digital Government Authority (DGA), he was the CEO at the National Center for Government Resources (NCGR) from March to May 2021.[12][13][14] He was the deputy minister of finance for technology and development at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) from March 2017 to February 2021.[15] In addition, he was vice president of Strategic Planning and Information Technology at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) from September 2015 to February 2017. He worked at Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) and held several positions in the company between March 2005 and August 2015,[16][17][18] with his last position being Vice President of Applications Planning and Development.[19][20][21][22][23]

Education & academic qualifications

Alsuwaiyan holds a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Prince Sultan University (PSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2008, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2004.[20][21]

In 2021, he attained an executive certification for the Senior Executives Program (SEP) from London Business School (LBS) in London, United Kingdom. Additionally, in 2016, he got a certificate in Change Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Moreover, in 2014, he attained a certificate in Management Excellence from Harvard Business School (HBS) in Boston, United States. Furthermore, he earned many professional certifications in leadership, management, business development and technology.[20][6]


Alsuwaiyan contributed to the establishment of Etihad Etisalat Company "Mobily" as well as the launch of its commercial operations in May 2005. Mobily was classified as the fastest-growing Telecoms brand in 2008 by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA). His role has emerged in the Information Technology Department through developing and operating many-core systems and applications in customer relationship management, networking, and integration. He also participated in setting up a subsidiary of the company in Bangalore, India "Mobily InfoTech",[24] as a company specializing in information technology services. He held various positions until he was appointed vice president for Applications Planning and Development in March 2015.[22][21][23][25]

Afterwards, he moved to the government sector by joining the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) as vice president for Strategic Planning and Information Technology in September 2015. He worked on developing the fund's strategy by expanding the provision of financial products and services. He enhanced credit policies and re-engineered and designed financing procedures. Also, he led the Information Technology Transformation Program by improving infrastructure services, developing Enterprise Resource Management Systems, lending management, automating business services, and other internal systems.[26][22]

With the launch of a comprehensive digital transformation in the ministry in various business sectors, he had an impact by launching an integrated digital strategy that resulted in many achievements, most notably the launch of (Etimad) platform[27] in January 2018, which automated the entire procure-to-pay (P2P) process within the government sector, It organized the relationship between government agencies and the MoF on the one hand, and the private sector and commercial banks on the other. The system of disbursing financial wages for government employees (SARF) was also launched, a central payroll system for about three million employees. In addition, the Revenue Collection System (Tahseel),[28] which represents the main government payment gateway and revenue collection system, exceeding 300 billion riyals annually, was launched in 2019.[29][30][31][32]

He worked on expanding infrastructure, developing financial systems & treasury management, archiving & administrative correspondence, and other internal systems supporting MoF. All of which led to significant growth in operations and an exponential increase in the volume of business and services provided to government agencies and the private sector. Accordingly, A Cabinet Decision No. (373) was issued on February 16, 2021, to transform the Deputyship of Technology and Development into a financially and administratively independent center under the National Center for Government Resource Systems (NCGR). To further uplift the Kingdom's economy, Alsuwaiyan was appointed as the CEO in March 2021.[33][6]

On Monday, May 3, 2021, Royal Decree No. (A/516) was issued to appoint Alsuwaiyan as the Governor of the Digital Government Authority in excellent rank, shortly after the establishment of the DGA.[34]

Board memberships

  • Digital Government Authority (June 2021 – present).[35][36]
  • National Center for Government Resource Systems (NCGR) (March 2021 – present).[5]
  • Saudi Business Center (June 2021 – present).
  • National Center for E-Learning (January 2022–present).[37]
  • King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (March 2017 – December 2019).
  • Communications and Information Technology Commission (March 2017 – May 2021).
  • Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (May 2017 – July 2019).[38]
  • Saudi Information Exchange Company (Tabadul) (October 2017 – September 2019).[29]

And he member of several other councils and committees.


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  2. ^ "Issue of a number of royal orders". SPA. May 3, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Executive Management". DGA. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
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  5. ^ a b "Board Of Directors". NCGR. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Who's Who: Ahmed Mohammed Al-Suwaiyan, governor of the Saudi Digital Government Authority". Arab News. October 1, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "DGA Governor says AI benefited 77% of government decision makers". ArgaamPlus. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  8. ^ "sirar by stc and Fintech Saudi to Provide a Discounted Digital Signature Service Package".
  9. ^ Fatima, Sakina (March 2, 2022). "Saudi Arabia launches first virtual hospital in Middle East, largest in world". The Siasat Daily. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  10. ^ BeritaSatu.com (March 1, 2022). "Arab Saudi Luncurkan RS Virtual Pertama". beritasatu.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  11. ^ "Ministry of Finance launches 12 new products on its digital portal Etimad". Saudigazette. July 16, 2020. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
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  13. ^ "Discover over hundred thousands of Gulf Laws, Legislations, Regulations". gulflegislation.com. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  14. ^ "Saudi MoF launches financial claims platform for private sector". zawya.com. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  15. ^ "Al-Suwayan: New electronic services through the "Etimad" platform for the private sector and government agencies".
  16. ^ "Accenture to help Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) speed service delivery and enhance customer experience in Saudi Arabia – SAMENA Daily News". www.samenacouncil.org. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  17. ^ "Mobily customers in Saudi Arabia will benefit from the agreement with Accenture as it will speed the service delivery". CustomerService.ae.
  18. ^ "Accenture to Help Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) Speed Service Delivery". eyeofdubai.ae. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  19. ^ "Mobily signs a contract worth 180 million riyals with Accenture". al-madina.
  20. ^ a b c "About The Governor". DGA.
  21. ^ a b c "Ahmed Al-Suwayan, IT expert, is the Governor of the Digital Government Authority, He held several positions in Etihad Etisalat".
  22. ^ a b c "A partnership between "Industrial Development" and "SAP" to enhance technical solutions".
  23. ^ a b "Accenture to Help Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) Speed Service Delivery and Enhance Customer Experience in Saudi Arabia". newsroom.accenture.com. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  24. ^ "Mobily Infotech website".
  25. ^ Sharma, Ray. "Mobily Signs Accenture for Application Development Services Across BSS Domain". www.thefastmode.com. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  26. ^ "Industrial Fund Obtains ISO 20000 Certification in Information Technology Services Management". April 27, 2016.
  27. ^ "Etimad Platform".
  28. ^ "About Tahseel".
  29. ^ a b "Al-Suwayan succeeds Al-Kheliwi on the board of directors of "Tabadul"".
  30. ^ ""Al-Suwaiyan: About 2.3 million employees have benefited from the (Sarf) system in the Etimad platform"".
  31. ^ "Head of the Government Resources Systems Center: The center aims to increase operational efficiency and transparency".
  32. ^ ""The National Government Resources Systems" in Saudi Arabia wins 3 international awards". al-Arabiya. August 22, 2021.
  33. ^ "Interview with the CEO of the National Center for Government Resource Systems in KSA and the Undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Finance for Technology and Development Affairs Ahmed Al-Suwayan". Al Arabiya channel. February 17, 2021.
  34. ^ "New royal orders". Saudi Press Agency-SPA. May 3, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  35. ^ "Board of Directors". DGA.
  36. ^ "Saudi rolls out discounted digital signature service". My Startup World – Everything About the World of Startups!. August 12, 2022. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  37. ^ "About the NELC". The National eLearning Center in KSA. Retrieved October 20, 2022.
  38. ^ "Organizational Structure".

External links

  • Digital Government Authority in KSA
  • Ahmed Alsuwaiyan on Twitter
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