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Thematic Session 2 : Assessing and Accrediting Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) programmes

H. E. Dr. Abdullah Abuthnain

Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Development for Labour


  • Vice Minister of Human Recourses and Social Development for Labor (2018 –present)
  • Deputy Minister for Inspection and Development of Work Environment (2012 – 2018)
  • Deputy Minister for Planning, Development and Information (2016 – 2017)
  • General Director of Financial and Economic Programs, Institute of Public Administration (2010 – 2012)
  • Director of Business Management Programs, Institute of Public Administration (2008 – 2010)
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, Institute of Public Administration (2007 – 2013)
  • Faculty Member, Institute of Public Administration (1997 – 2007)


  • PhD in Business Administration- Finance, Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA (2003 – 2007)
  • Master of Economics, Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA (2003 – 2007)
  • Master of Business Administration- Finance , Duquesne University, Pennsylvania, USA (1998 – 2001)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration- Finance, King Saud University, KSA (1992 – 1996)

Moderator for Discussion – Day One – Thematic Session 2

H. E. Dr. Abdullah Abuthnain

TVTC Transformation Strategy : Linking TVET with the labor market needs

H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid

Governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation.

Education :
- PHD | DECEMBER 2000 | OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY, USA Major : Mechanical Engineering
- MASTER | JUNE 1996 | WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, USA Major : Mechanical Engineering
- BACHELOR | APRIL 1992| KING SAUD UNIVERSITY, KSA Major : Mechanical Engineering

Experience :
- Governor | Technical and Vocational Training Corporation | December 2015

Membership :
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of Colleges of Excellence.
- Chairman of the Board of the National Entrepreneurship Institute.
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Higher Institute for Plastic Industries.
- Member of the Saudi delegation at the employment group for G20 (Russia -2013 Australia 2014 – Turkey 2015) .
- Member of the Saudi delegation at the International Labour Organization (102- 103-104) and head of the technical team.

H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid

Labor Market Reform: Skill Pillar

Dr. Ahmed Al-zahrani

Labor Matters Deputy Minister at Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development

Ahmed  has over 20 years  of experience in the public and private sector serving various roles  in the domain of policy, research, advisory and administrative positions. He joined the Institute of Public administration as a faculty member in 1996 where he served many roles at IPA ranging from key administrative roles to academics posts. He has also worked with several government organisations in key positions such as Economic and Finance dept head and also served as the Director of Business center where he was responsible to innovate , develop and commercialize IPA  intellectual  services  .He served  as the Labor deputy minister for labor Matter  at the Human Resource and social Development Ministry for two years. More recently he is the Chair of the g20 Employment Group and Deputy for Labor Market Matters . Before that he was serving as a senior advisor for strategy and research for the Capital Market Authority, CMA.


Dr. Ahmed Al-zahrani

Qualifications Development and the Use of Big Data Analytics

Mr. Hiromichi Katayama

Programme Specialist, Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, Education Sector, UNESCO

Hiromichi Katayama works at the Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. He has been working on strengthening evidence-base of UNESCO Strategy for technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

He has been coordinating the development of skills assessment and anticipation in the Middle East and North Africa region and TVET management information system in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also coordinated the implementation of a situation analysis of TVET systems in Asia and Africa. Before joining the UNESCO headquarters, he worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris on the analysis of financial literacy of the Programme for International Student Assessment and at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Montreal on the analysis and dissemination of education data and indicators.

Mr. Hiromichi Katayama

e-Quality: how digital technology is supporting quality and consistency in VET

Mr. Josh Williams

Former Senior Policy Manager in the New Zealand Ministry of Education

Mr. Williams was formerly Chief Executive of the Industry Training Federation of New Zealand, and a Senior Manager in Tertiary Education Policy at the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Earlier, Mr. Williams was part of the team at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority that developed New Zealand’s evaluative system of quality assurance for the non-University sector.

Mr. Josh Williams

Evaluating Apprenticeships in Scotland

Dr. Patrick Watt

Head of Evaluation & Research, Skills Development Scotland

Patrick is Head of the Evaluation & Research team at Skills Development Scotland (SDS).  Prior to joining SDS he worked for Futureskills Scotland, Patrick was also previously a director of a leading Scottish economic development consultancy.

He has over 30 years of experience in evaluation and research in Scotland in both the private and public sectors. Patrick has an honours degree in mathematics and statistics, a masters in urban and regional planning, and a PhD in labour economics.

Dr. Patrick Watt

ETEC Evaluation and Accreditation Approach for the Training Sector in KSA

Mr. Mohammed Al-Asiri

Executive Director of the National Center for Training Evaluation and Accreditation

Mr. Asiri has more than +20 years of experience in the government, private and non-profit sectors, where he has worked with the education sector through a number of international entities including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Pearson Education in addition to a number of local entities. His expertise is focused on strategic transformation in the education sector, change management, strategic and operational management.
Mr. Asiri work during the last 9 years is focused on training and skills issues, and bridging the gap between training sector and labor market. He is currently working on building an innovative model for the National Center for Training Evaluation & Accreditation (MASAR) in partnership with industries and the Labor Market.
Mr. Asiri holds a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Mr. Mohammed Al-Asiri

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    Wednesday - Thursday
    October 14-15, 2020
    13:00 - 20:00 Riyadh Time
    10:00 - 17:00 GMT

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