Abdulaziz bin Salman
|Abdulaziz bin Salman|
|Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources|
|In office||2005 – present|
|Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources|
|In office||July 1995 – 2005|
|Spouse||Sara bint Khalid bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz|
|Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|House||House of Saud|
|Father||Salman bin Abdulaziz|
|Mother||Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi|
|Born||1960 (age 53–54)|
Early life and education
Prince Abdulaziz was born in 1960. He is the fourth son of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, who has been the minister of defense since November 2011 and Crown Prince since June 2012. His mother is Sultana bint Turki Al Sudairi, who died at age 71 in July 2011. She was the daughter of Prince Salman's uncle, Turki bin Ahmad Al Sudairi, who was formerly the governor of Asir Province. Abdulaziz bin Salman is the full brother of late Fahd bin Salman, late Ahmed bin Salman, Sultan bin Salman, Faisal bin Salman and Hussa bint Salman (born 1974).
Abdulaziz bin Salman received a science degree in industrial administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He also holds an MBA in industrial administration from the same university in 1985.
Abdulaziz bin Salman began his career as a lecturer at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, followed by a period as an acting director of the research institute there, dealing with energy studies. Later, he served as the manager of the economic and industrial research division at the same institute.
In 1987, he became an advisor at the oil ministry. During his tenure, he is said to have had tense relations with the then minister, Hisham Nazer. Prince Abdulaziz was promoted to deputy oil minister in June 1995. He was also appointed undersecratary for petroleum affairs, a body founded in June 1996. In addition, he is the head of the energy rationalization committee.
As assistant oil minister, Prince Abdulaziz is regarded as a significant figure in Saudi politics since he deals directly with the Kingdom's major source of income, petroleum. He is said to be popular and has supporters who have benefited from their support of him and his father, Crown Prince Salman. Prince Abdulaziz is considered to be one of the future key players in Saudi Arabia when the grandsons of Ibn Saud begin to rule the country. He is also considered to be a potential successor to the oil minister, Ali Naimi.
Prince Abdulaziz is a member of the board of governors of the following organizations: Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford Energy Policy Club and the Institute of Petroleum. He is honorary president of the Saudi Economic Association. He is also the supervisor-general of the Prince Fahd bin Salman Charity Association for Renal Failure Patients Care.
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