- Khalid al Faisal
former Saudi Intelligence chief and former Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the UK and USA.
He was appointed governor of
Makkah Provinceon 16 May, 2007. [Saudi Press Agency [http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/details.php?id=450421] ] Prior to that, he had served as governor of 'AsirProvince in south-western Saudi Arabiafrom 1971 to 2007. The spectacular region inspired the Prince in his artwork, as he is an accomplished artist. Before his appointment as governor of Asir he served as Director General of the Presidency of Youth Welfare. Prince Khalid has a degree in political economy from Oxford University.
Prince Khalid Al-Faisal is the Director General of the
King Faisal Foundation- one of the largest philanthropic and charitable foundations in the world. After the crucial terrorist attacks in the country, Prince Khalid criticised Islamic Fundamentalistsand accused them of preaching hatred and violent ideologies.
He is known to be a close friend with the
Prince of Walesand together with him in 2000 and 2001 Prince Khalid Al-Faisal launched the Painting & Patronageinitiative which brought together the two royal artists and patrons of the arts in the largest cultural exchange programme between Saudi Arabia and Britain. Subsequent events have taken place with President Jorge Sampaioof Portugal.
* [http://www.paintingandpatronage.org Painting & Patronage] Official Website
* [http://www.kff.com King Faisal Foundation] Official website of the King Faisal Foundation
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