Appointment of Dr. Adel Al-Toraifi editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat
His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Salman Al Saud, the chairman of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, announced the appointment of Mr Adel Al-Toraifi as editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper with effect from the 1st of January 2013. This appointment is made with the approval of the board of directors of the group and on the recommendation of the board of trustees.
At a meeting held in London in the presence of Dr Azzam Al-Dakhil the CEO of the group, the outgoing editor-in-chief Mr Tariq Alhomayed and the editorial and production staff of the newspaper, the chairman reviewed the history of Asharq Al-Awsat and its success in maintaining a solid writing and editorial style. He thanked Mr Tariq Alhomayed and the previous editors-in-chief for their contributions which had all combined to shape the personality of Asharq Al-Awsat.
The chairman spoke about the role of Asharq Al-Awsat and its commitment to professionalism, credibility and moderation; his pride in Asharq Al-Awsat being the newspaper for all Arabs, and stressed the importance of incorporating the existing expertise and experience within the team together with an infusion of new talent as a foundation for the future.
Mr Adel Al-Toraifi recently completed a degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science submitting a thesis titled The Rise and Demise of Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement (1997–2009). Mr Al-Toraifi also received a Master’s degree with distinction in Social Science, majoring in international conflict, in 2008 from Kingston University, London.
Mr Al-Toraifi received the British Chevening Fellowship in 2006 from the British Embassy in Riyadh and was awarded the International Conflict Prize—2008, a postgraduate prize awarded by the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Kingston University for outstanding performance in work on International Conflict.
Mr Al-Toraifi became involved in journalism more than a decade ago as an opinion writer and commentator for many Arabic and foreign newspapers. He was a weekly writer for Political Opinion in Al-Riyadh newspaper, moving on to write weekly for the opinion pages of Asharq Al-Awsat.
In 2010 he was appointed as editor-in-chief of Al-Majalla taking on the responsibility for rebranding the magazine after print publication was temporarily stopped. Mr Al-Toraifi launched the digital version of the magazine in Arabic, English and Persian. Following this success a monthly print edition in Arabic was re-introduced in early 2012. In July 2012 Mr Al-Toraifi was appointed deputy editor-in-chief for Asharq Al-Awsat.
The appointment of Mr Adel Al-Toraifi as editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat succeeds his colleague Mr Tariq Alhomayed who assumed the role of editor-in-chief in 2004. At the announcement meeting in London, Dr Al-Toraifi expressed his gratitude to the chairman, the board of directors and the board of trustees for appointing him to the post and thanked them for the trust they granted him. Mr Al-Toraifi stressed his intention to maintain its neutral editorial path and prestigious cultural content and. Finally Mr Al-Toraifi thanked his colleagues in the newspaper for their exceptional efforts in maintaining the status of Asharq Al-Awsat and its leadership in the Arab newspaper world.