HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) received in his office in Riyadh, HE Mr. Andrew Robb, Australian Minister of Trade and Investment and an accompanying delegation that included HE Mr. Neil Hawkins, Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ms. Pru Gordon, Advisor to the Minister, Mr. Mark Innes-Brown, Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Gerard Seeber, Senior Trade Commissioner and Australian Consul General, Dubai, Mr. John Angley, General Manager (Education), Australian Trade Commission, Ms. Jenny Grant-Curnow, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Ian Dickson, First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Riyadh. The meeting was attended by Dr. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH the chairman and Mr. Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafel, Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman.
The meeting began with the Minister thanking Prince Alwaleed for giving him the opportunity to meet with him and relayed cordial regards from the Australian government. During the meeting, the two touched upon the latest regional and international developments on the social and economic front, and they discussed investment opportunities in Australia. Moreover, Mr. Robb was keen on listening to the Prince’s views and pointed out that the Prince is well known for his significant and successful projects as he has a special vision for future potential investments where Australia may benefit from.
The Prince’s investments in Australia through KHC include investments in the banking sector through Citigroup, the hospitality sector through Four Seasons and Swissotel, and via the media sector through News Corp, and LBC as it is the most popular Arab channel in Australia.
In 2012, Prince Alwaleed was awarded an honorary doctorate in Law, honoris causa from the University of Monash, Australia. The honorary doctorate was awarded to the Prince by the Chancellor Dr. Alan Finkel at a ceremony held at the Kingdom Resort in Riyadh. HRH was honored for his significant influence on economic and social development in addition to his support for cultural studies.
In 2009, Prince Alwaleed received HE Hon. Stephen Smith, MP Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and an accompanying delegation. The Prince hosted a dinner in honor of his guest at Kingdom Resort. In 2007, Prince Alwaleed received an Australian Parliamentary Delegation headed by the Hon. Peter Slipper, MP and on another occasion HRH received an Australian Business women’s delegation headed by Ms. Fiona Hill.
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