December 24, 2015

IVLP Alumnus Honored by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud


Dr. Shadi Khawandanah (right) and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Dr. Shadi Khawandanah (right) receives his award from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Dr. Shadi Khawandanah is an ambitious, innovative, and successful Saudi entrepreneur who founded a business consultancy called Special Direction Group. He was recently honored by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud himself when he received the King Khalid Award for Responsible Competitiveness for Outstanding Performance in Development and Social Responsibility projects.
Dr. Khawandanah said, “Our focus is on creating positive and real change in the society, we believe that sustainable development and social responsibility are practices and implemented projects, not theories.”
This is not the first award for Dr. Khawandanah. He received the Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders in 2013, the Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah International Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013, and was selected by Forbes Middle East, in both 2013 & 2014 as one of the Top Leaders Inspiring a Kingdom in the Business World. Moreover, his business consultancy company, Special Direction Group, was ranked as the number one business consultancy house by Forbes in 2013 and 2014.
Dr. Khawandanah was selected by General Motors as one of the Top 15 Inspirational Business Leaders Across the Region for 2015, and was appointed by the United Arab Media Council (UAEC) as the Ambassador for the Arabian Media Leaderships 2016-2020. Dr. Khawandanah is also the Honorary President of the Media Forum for the Arabian Youth. Also, he is an Executive member of the advisory council in Mohammed bin Laden Chair for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In addition, he is an Executive Board Member at the International Chamber of Commerce – Saudi Arabia (ICC-SA), a Member of the National Young Businessmen Committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers and a Member at the Consulting Offices Committee in Jeddah Chamber. 

Dr. Khawandanah went on an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) to the United States in 2015. Regarding that experience he said, “Respect creates peace, different cultures create diversity, great leadership creates life, and unity creates future. We are all human and we accentuate each other. The IVLP brought different cultures together, to share knowledge and experience, and to enjoy mutual respect.”