President of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs
His Excellency Dr Al Knawy has been Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNGHA) and President of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia since 2009. He is also an executive member of the Saudi Health Service Council, the national governing healthcare body in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Al Knawy is a strong advocate of patient safety and quality of care and oversaw the launch of several high-impact initiatives. Under his management and direction, the Health Sciences University and King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre commissioned state-of-the-art facilities, and he has also led a system-wide implementation of the BestCare electronic health record system covering all medical services in the MNGHA network.
His latest project was the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit, a G20-associated event that envisioned a global health system connectivity in preparedness and response to COVID-19 Pandemics. The event has been described as one of the largest virtual health conferences of the year and certainly largest one on public health combined with digital health.