As interim CEO to the newly established Cruise Saudi, Fawaz Farooqui utilizes his expertise and background in performance management, business intelligence, operational excellence, and smart city management to guide the company’s preliminary growth phase.
Fawaz continues to serve as a Chief Advisor to the Saudi Minister of Culture, heading several developments and projects related to cultural development and tourism. Fawaz joined the government in 2015, serving as an advisor to the Minister of Economy and Planning where he led multiple initiatives to restructure the recreation and entertainment sectors that culminated in the establishment of Saudi Arabia’s landmark General Entertainment Authority and the Quality of Life Program. Fawaz was also CEO of the National Transformation Center, where he established the national transformation center and led the roll out of the second iteration of the NTP which restructured many of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 Programs.
Before joining the government, Fawaz led key initiatives at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) where he launched KAEC’s entrepreneurship program while partnering with the global Messengers of Peace (MoP) initiative to kickstart several social responsibility programs which resulted in KAEC’s listing on the global agenda for the MoP initiative. Previously, Fawaz led several business transformations while working with Saudi Aramco for 9 years.
Fawaz has an MBA from Stanford University, and earned a BSc in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, a BA in Political Science, and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has authored several articles on the field of technological engineering including 3 technical papers and serves as a board member on the board of several organizations including Saudia Airlines Group, and the Saudi Sports for All Federation.