Saudi appoints first spokeswoman

Saudi appoints first spokeswoman

The Saudi Arabian government has appointed Fatimah Baeshen as its first spokeswoman for the Saudi embassy in Washington, in another breakthrough for women that coincided with allowing women to drive, the foreign minister announced.

“Proud to serve the @SaudiEmbassyUSA as the spokeswoman. I’m grateful for the opportunity, the support, and well wishes #KSA,” Fatimah posted as she announced her appointment on her Twitter account early on Wednesday.

Fatimah, a Saudi national, was a director at the Washington-based think Arabia Foundation which she joined after working with the Saudi Ministry of Labour and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning in Riyadh from 2014 to 2017.

She also worked as a consultant in socio-economic strategy for the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development.

She earned her master’s degree with a focus on Islamic finance from the University of Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.