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Dr. Zuhair Alharthi

Secretary General

Dr. Zuhair Alharthi is the Secretary General of the International Dialogue Centre – KAICIID since October 2022.

Dr. Zuhair Alharthi has a wealth of a rich cultural experience and enjoys parliamentary, human rights, legal and political background. He was a member of the Saudi Shura Council for 12 years in a row; that is, three sessions: the fifth, sixth, and seventh (2009-2020). He was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saudi Shura Council.

Dr. Alharthi was a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) in 2018 and his membership was renewed in November 2021 for a period of three years.

Dr. Alharthi worked at the Saudi Public Prosecution in 1994 until he was appointed Head of the Investigation and Public Prosecution Department. In 2008, a royal order was issued appointing him as a member of the Council of the Human Rights Commission and the official spokesperson.

Dr. Alharthi has written for several Saudi and Arab newspapers for about thirty years. He is a prolific and renowned writer and researcher on issues of ideology, politics, and law.

He has a MA in law from Brunel University, Britain, and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, 2005.

Dr. Alharthi serves as a member of several boards of directors for private and charitable organizations. He has participated as an analyst and political expert in political and news programmes on cable channels for about twenty years. He also contributed to several Arab and international conferences and forums. He wrote a number of papers, research articles, and various articles on the role of media, tolerance, coexistence, counterterrorism, religious intolerance, racism, human rights, political Islam, the clash of civilizations, interculturalism, regional issues, and Gulf-Iranian relations, and others. Currently, Dr. Alharthi is a columnist in the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.