Dr. Said A. Al-Shaikh has been the Group Chief Economist at The National Commercial Bank starting 2011, prior to which he was the Chief Economist since January 2000. Before joining NCB in 1998, Dr. Al-Shaikh served as an assistant professor of Finance and Economics in the College of Industrial Management at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) for the period between 1993 and 1998. He held a number of assignments including serving as a principal researcher at the Research Institute of KFUPM. In addition to working with KFUPM, he served as a part-time consultant for the Federation of the GCC Chambers of Commerce representing the Federation in several local and regional conferences.
Dr. Said A. Al-Shaikh earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Planning from University of Oregon and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. Recently, in February 2009, Dr. Said was appointed member of the MajlisAshoura Council by His Royal Highness, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz. Selected published papers include: (1) “Foreign Direct Investment in Saudi Arabia: Stimulating Structural Changes and Global Integration,”The Journal of Energy and Development, Vol 25 No.2, Spring 2000, (2) “The Changing Pattern of Saudi Foreign Trade: Implications for Industrial Structure”, Middle East Economic Survey; April 2000, and (3) “Demographic Transitions In Saudi Arabia and Their Impact on Economic Growth and the Labor Market”, Middle East Economic Survey; May 2000.