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Dr. Sami Mohsen Baroum

Chairman of the Knowledge Economic City

Dr. Sami Baroum is currently the chairman of the Knowledge Economic City Company, Al Madina – Saudi Arabia. He is also board member of Savola Group, Arabian Cement Company, HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited Company, and Member of the Advisory Board for Economic Affairs of Supreme Economic Council, Saudi Arabia. Recently, Dr. Baroum been appointed as board member for Tadawul Company and Technical & Vocational Training Corporation.


He has previously been the Managing Director of The Savola Group, and earlier he held multiple senior management and executive positions within the Savola group, such as CEO Al-Azizia Panda United, CEO Real Estate Division, Group Chief Investment Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Group Vice President and Group Treasurer.

Dr. Baroum was also a board member at Almarai Company, Venture Capital Bank Bahrain, Kinan International Real Estate Development Company, and board member for number of Savola Companies and subsidiaries.

Dr. Sami Baroum obtained an MBA (with distinction) from Wharton School of Business in 1985 and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. in operations management from Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.

Board Member, The Savola Group

Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Operations Management and MIS, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Aug. 92.
  • MBA (with Distinction), Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 85.

Executive leadership Positions in Savola:

  • Managing Director of the Savola Group, 1st April 2007 - 30th June 2010
  • President Retail and Real Estate Divisions; Aug. 2003-Apr. 2005.
  • President Packaging Division; Nov 98-June 2000.
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Apr. 95-Jun. 2000.
  • Chief Information Officer; Sep. 96-Jun.2000.
  • Group Treasurer; Jan. 94- Mar. 95.

Other Executive leadership Positions (Apr.2005 Mar. 2006):

  • Advisor to the Mayor of Jeddah Province
  • Acting Managing Director, Seera City Real Estate Dev. Co (The Knowledge Economic City) and CEO of Al-Rubaia Real estate Company.
  • College of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University; Aug.. 81- Oct. 93.
  • Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering; Sep. 92-Oct. 93.

Active Board Memberships:

  • Savola Group, Member and MD
  • Kinan International Real Estate Dev. (Savola Real Estate Co.) - Member.
  • United Sugar Company, Vice Chairman.
  • Al-Azizia Panda United - Member.
  • The Knowledge Economic City Co- Member.
  • Techno Media - Member

Previous Board Memberships:

  • Venture Capital Bank, Bahrain - Member.
  • Savola Sime Egypt Co.
  • Savola Packaging Systems Co.
  • United Properties Company.
  • Vice Chairman for the retail committee of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of the IT committee of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.