About EFE Saudi Arabia

EFE Saudi Arabia is the newest EFE affiliate, and was officially registered in 2016 after two years of expansion discussions, pilot programs and incubation by leading Saudi corporate and philanthropic entities.

EFE Saudi Arabia was created to provide underprivileged and unemployed young Saudi women and men with demand-driven training directly linked to economic opportunities. Through EFE’s signature market-driven training programs, Saudi youth will acquire the professional, technical, and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in the workforce and to compete in the global economy. Prominent business leaders from a range of industries support EFE Saudi Arabia’s work, including through an advisory committee created to steer and guide its activities and objectives.

To assess the strength and relevance of the EFE model in Saudi Arabia, EFE implemented a pilot program during its pre-registration phase. In partnership with Alturki Group, EFE trained and placed unemployed Saudi youth in private sector jobs, and laid the foundation for future EFE training programs in Saudi Arabia.

EFE Saudi Arabia Advisory Committee

Abdulmohsen Al-Ajaji

General Secretary, Suliman S. Olayan Foundation

Waleed Al Banawi

Chairman and Founder, JISR Venture Partners

Omar Boulos

Managing Director, Middle East, Accenture

Mohammed A. Sellemi

VP of Human Resources, Saudi Arabian Airlines*

Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel

Corporate Affairs Group Manager, Intel Corporation

Noura Alturki

Executive Manager, Group Support Services, Nesma Holding Company

Rami Alturki

CEO, Alturki Holding Group


*serving in his or her personal capacity

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Building on the expertise and experience of the EFE Network across the MENA region, EFE Saudi Arabia will implement market-driven job training and placement programs customized to the Saudi context in order to increase youth employability and economic development. EFE’s unique approach brings underprivileged, unemployed young women and men through the “EFE Journey,” providing skills to success in work and life, tangible links to job opportunities, and alumni volunteering and professional development programs. Through customized training that meets the needs of companies seeking young talent, Saudi youth will acquire the professional, technical and entrepreneurship skills to succeed in the workforce and to compete in the global economy.

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Naif Alobaid serves as EFE’s Country Representative in Saudi Arabia, where he is in charge of leading this innovative nonprofit organization and launching its operations. Naif comes to EFE with over 11 years of experience in the public and private sectors in Saudi Arabia.  He worked at the King Salman Center for disability research for four years running the Public Relations Department in addition to managing a program for vocational training and a program for microfinancing loans for persons with disabilities, he was then recruited by CSR department at the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation "SABIC" where he worked for four years, becoming the Senior Manager for global CSR programs. Recruited by the Public Education Evaluation Commission in Saudi Arabia, Naif managed the schools evaluation program and stakeholder engagement before assuming the role of Assistant Vice Governor.  He holds MBA with concentration in International Trade from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, USA, and a B.A. in Management with a Minor in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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EFE Saudi Arabia

6766 Al Hassaa St. Azahra Area
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

For additional information, contact Naif Alobaid, Country Representative
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Tel: +(966) 554 49 1124