Industrial Clusters Program is supervised by two government agencies, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

The Industrial Clusters program has qualified technical and administrative specialized work teams, each responsible for developing a specific industrial sector:

  • Automotive Cluster Team
  • Minerals and Metal Processing Team 

  • Pharma & Biotech Cluster
  • Plastics and Packaging cluster Team
  • Clusters Industrial Enabling Team
  • Business Analysis & Project Evaluation Team
  • Support Services Team

Key IC personnel include:


Khalid Al Salem


He gained over 22 years of experience working with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). In the first 7 years he was involved in different functions in Research and Technology including research work, technology development, plant performance improvement and customers support.


Mohammed Al Faris

Vice President, Business Analysis and Project Evaluation

Prior to his current role with NICDP, Mohammed was the Head of PMO at Jadwa Investment, There, he was responsible for various projects including IT and investment banking projects and he was involved in major acquisition deals and IPO's.


Abdallah Alhazani

Vice President, Automotive Cluster

Mr. Alhazani joined the Industrial Cluster Program in September 2007 after more than eight years of experience with Saudi Aramco. 


Turki Al Babtain

Vice President, Mineral & Metals Processing Cluster


Nizar Hariri

Vice President, Pharma & Biotech Cluster

Eng. Nizar Al-Hariri comes with over 23 years’ of successful track record of business development in both government and private sectors. Experienced across all aspects of business developments from concept to JV set-ups, contractual negotiations and funding arrangements to major project management, strategic planning and organization structuring.


Tariq Bakhsh 

Vice President, Plastic and Packaging Cluster 

Tariq started his professional career with Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ), a SABIC affiliate.  SHARQ is a manufacturer of petrochemicals including Ethylene, Ethylene Glycol and Polyethylene with a current turnover of around SR 6 billion and total manpower of 1,208. It is a 50/50 SABIC joint venture with a consortium of Japanese companies led by Mitsubishi Corporation.


Abdulmajeed Al Maymoon

Vice President , Industrial Clusters Enabling

He gained 11 years' experience with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) in Technical Evaluation. The evaluation included follow-up project implementation through to commercial startup.


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