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Minister’s Biography

Dr. Tawfig AlRabiah

Dr. Tawfig Fawzan AlRabiah was appointed as the Minister of Health in April 30th, 2016, and is a member of the Council of Ministers since his previous role as the Minister of Commerce and Industry in 2011.  

AlRabiah was born in Riyadh, on October 26, 1965. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1986 in the field of Quantitative Methods from the School of Business at the King Saud University KSU in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and was a Teaching Assistant 1986-1987. He acquired two Master’s degrees in the fields of Information Science 1990, and Computer Science in 1995, from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, where he also pursued his Ph.D. in the field of Computer Science in 1999 and was a Teaching Fellow 1998-1999. He then became an Assistant Professor at KSU 1999-2002. 

AlRabiah carried prominent roles as the Minister of Commerce and Industry, a position he had carried from 2011-2016 prior to his appointment as the Minister of Health and was the Director General of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) 2007-2011. During his career, he chaired more than twenty government and private institutions and participated in more than thirty boards and councils. 

Known for being a pioneer in innovation and transformation, he leads by example through influencing work environments and transforming them to make for a more energetic, dynamic, and innovative culture. He also increased efficiency through the introduction of innovative systems that enhanced the user experience and eliminated all barriers by connecting them directly to the providers. 

In his capacity as the Minister of Health, AlRabiah focused on using simple and innovative solutions to provide access to health care through the introduction of digital applications, such as “Seha”, which enables users from all areas of Saudi Arabia to have face-to-face consultations with physicians virtually from the comfort of their own homes. “Mawed”, a centralized appointment system that enables all users to make appointments and links them to healthcare facilities that best suit their needs, in addition to providing them with the ability to rate the quality of services rendered. Moreover, he implemented a nationwide monitoring system “Ada’a”, that gauges the efficiency and measures the performance of health services provided in over 70 main Hospitals, which received global recognition in its efforts of boosting the quality of health services in the kingdom. 

He ensured the effective execution of the transformation of healthcare, in alignment with the ongoing Saudi Vision 2030. With notable leaps in 2017, such as the expansion of healthcare facilities by adding 65 centers to various areas in the Kingdom, and by the activation of services such as the 937-call center that produced 420k consultations in that year alone. He put great emphasis on preventative measures and provided many services that led to a significant increase in breast cancer awareness and screenings by 63%, and a drop in the number of smokers due to informative and effective campaigns during 2017. 

During his tenure at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, AlRabiah has guided many major initiatives. Such as the development and implementation of key national strategies, including the National Industrial Strategy and the National IT Strategy that had a nationwide impact and as a result, was awarded the “Yesser” government award in IT services for the best government agency in 2014 and 2016. AlRabiah also enforced major amendments to the commercial rules and regulations, which positively influenced the economy, enriched the business community and enforced regulations to improve consumer protection rights.

As the Director General of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) meaning “cities”, he transformed the institution from an unknown entity to an attractive and sought-after place of employment. MODON has undergone various expansions and environmental developments and was recognized as the best government organization to work for four years in a row. Prior to that, he assumed the role of Director General of the Information and Communications Technology Sector, at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

AlRabiah chairs and serves on the following Government Councils -
  • Member of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA). 
  • Member of the Council of Ministers.
  • Chairman of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority 
  • Chairman of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
  • Chairman of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority
  • Chairman of Saudi Commission for Health Specialties 
  • Chairman of Council of Cooperative Health Insurance
  • Chairman of Saudi Health Council
  • Chairman of National Unified Procurement Company 
  • Board member of the Gulf Health Council
  • Chairman of the Health Privatization Committee.
AlRabiah is married to Maha AlSayari and has four children, Mohammed, Khalid, Omar, and Sarah.

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