There are numerous stories of Saudi men and women who have achieved unprecedented achievements in various fields, from medicine to mathematics, innovations, and inventions.
Those innovators combat domestic violence; they even climb the summit of Everest.
Their stories rarely find their way into the global media and even those who found their way into the newspapers were not given the attention they deserve.
Here in (Leaders MENA) magazine, we highlight these creators and give them the attention they deserve, we decided to choose some achievements even though, as we mentioned, they do not cover a small percentage of the number of those who excelled in their field.
Mansour Al-Hammad is one of the geniuses of mathematics who excelled in several fields in electricity, mathematics, and other sciences. Despite his young age, he made many inventions and scientific discoveries that would change the perception of the world in terms of solving the most complex math problems.
His fondness for mathematics made him refuse to apply mathematical rules to the letter in their entirety; rather, he was looking for other solutions until he came to solving complex mathematical problems with the only recurring solution and generalizing the same idea to solve polynomials (all equations) with a recurring solution.
He has more than twenty patents registered in his name and has recently come up with a new mathematical theory called “Mansour Expansion” that will help in solving many engineering, physical and mathematical problems.
This theory enjoys great importance in the world of engineering and digital applications.
Al-Hammad enjoys the attention and care of the Saudi Cultural Attaché, which is keen to help him register every invention he finds in his name.
Professor Ghada Al-Mutairi discovered a metal that enables light to enter the human body in chips called the photon, which facilitates entry into cells without the need for surgery.
This means that Al-Mutairi succeeded in using light as an alternative to the scalpel.
Al-Mutairi is considered the first Arab scientist in the field of nanotechnology; her name was included in the list of new inventors after receiving the highest award for scientific research in The United States of America.
Al-Mutairi presented dozens of research papers and a scientific publication called “Micro Technology” that was translated into German, Japanese, and English. She owns a $1 million private factory awarded by the state of California, where she is working on two new projects.
Ahmed Mutash Al-Anzi
Dr. Ahmed Mutash Al-Anazi was awarded the (American Board of Nuclear Medicine award) (ABNM) in 2009.
At that time, the committee commended Al-Enezi’s achievement as the first researcher in the United States to pass the specialty test, which is molecular diagnostics, as it is considered one of the modern subspecialties of nuclear medicine that aims to diagnose tumors in the early stages of, which helps in early and effective treatment.
Al-Enezi transferred his experiences and achievements to Saudi Arabia.
He serves as Senior Consultant in Nuclear Medicine at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Nuclear Medicine Conferences held in the Arab world.
Scientist and researcher Hayat Al-Sindi is the founder of the “Diagnostics for All” project, which is a modern technology developed in George Whiteside’s lab at Harvard University. This technology reduces the analysis laboratories to a device the size of a handprint made of paper that the average person can use to conduct the analysis at any time and read the results directly to diagnose his disease condition.
She also contributed to the invention of a sensor of sound and magnetic waves that could determine the drug required for the human body.
She also invented a device that diagnoses cancer in its early stages and relies on “Nano-Laser” technology.
Al-Sindi is the first Saudi woman to receive a scholarship from the University of Cambridge to prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of biotechnology.
Al-Sindi was chosen by (Newsweek) magazine to be on the list of “150 Women Who Shocked the World” in 2012.
In 2013, Al-Sindi was selected in the “Arabian Business” list of the 100 most powerful Arab women; she also made a new achievement in January 2013 when she became part of the first women’s group working in the Shura Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In 2009, Dr. Turki Al-Hazazi was awarded first place in the highest international award presented by The International Association for Dental Research (IADR), after discovering the role of new genes in oral cancer. He also won second place in the American Association for Dental Research competition.
He discovered the role of a family of genes called “SRT7-1”, specifically “SRT-3”, in controlling the severity and activity of oral cancer cells.
El-Hazazi succeeded in reducing the effectiveness of “Sirt-3”, giving hope to a large number of people with the disease, especially since the new practical approach is currently working to take advantage of the sensitivity of cancer cells to “Sirt-3” to create a therapeutic drug that eliminates the affected cells without affecting the normal cells.
Dima Al Yahya
The first Saudi woman to be appointed to the position of General Manager for Technology Platforms and Developers at Microsoft Arabia.
Dima has 11 years of experience in the field of e-marketing, and she is no stranger to the business world, having previously worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Stock Exchange.
Since assuming her position, she has been organizing conferences and launching initiatives to improve the conditions of Saudi women in the labor market and enable them to achieve themselves.
Abdul Rahman Trabzoni
He currently heads Google Android for the Middle East after leading the task of planning and executing the company’s strategic investments and business as Google’s regional head for Arab emerging markets.
He worked on building various projects during his work in US companies such as “Morgan Stanley”, “Oracle” and “Blue Print” and was a member of Microsoft’s future board of directors.
Trabzoni participated in the establishment of some technology companies and investment incubators.
He was chosen by “Arabian Business” among the list of the 30 most influential leaders in the Middle East on its annual list of “30 under 30”, and was ranked by MIT Technology Review as one of the Arab tech pioneers.
Hind Abdul Ghaffar
Dr. Hind Abdel Ghaffar has come up with a way to protect security men from bullets through a protective nano-technology jacket. This innovation was Abd al-Ghaffar’s doctoral dissertation, which was awarded distinction with honors.
She made sure to create the jacket to be easy to take off and put on and to be lightweight; indeed, the weight of the nano jacket is 2.9 kg.
The jacket protects against bullets and the harsh cold.
Abdul Khaleq Mansaf
He received the Scientific Excellence Award in the technology of engineering plastics and polymers, which is awarded by the “Alpha Kay” cleaner for outstanding students.
Al-Mansaf, who studied at the University of Pennsylvania, exceeded 260 outstanding students from 360 US universities.
Al-Mansaf obtained a cumulative average of all academic degrees equivalent to 4 out of 4, which qualified him for the award.
Maha Al Munif
During her rule, former US President Barack Obama gave her the award for being the bravest woman in the world. Al-Munif is a Saudi doctor and CEO of the National Family Safety Program.
She acts also as a member of the Arab Network for Child Protection and the Domestic Violence Committee.
She has brought about many positive changes in Saudi society due to her activity in combating violence for more than 10 years in Saudi Arabia.
She studied medicine and surgery at King Saud University and received certificates from The American Academy of Pediatrics.
Farouk Al-Zoman is the first Saudi to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the call to prayer was raised at three o’clock Nepal time in 2008 after reaching the summit.
Nicknamed Edmund Hillary of Saudi Arabia, after the first climber to summit Mount Everest.
Mountainer Farouk Al-Zoman is considered a model for Saudi youth; he enjoys respect from the Saudi government and private, educational, and training agencies for his role in spreading positive vibes.