Who is Raed Habiss?

Over 30 years of experience in Aviation, IT, Investments and Project Management
Founder & Chairman, Connect2030.com
Consulting, advisory and event planning services geared towards the Saudi Vision 2030.
2016 – Present
Vice Chairman, Alternative Technologies Co. Ltd.

Over 3 years of involvement in technology related projects with the Ministry of Hajj along with Korean and Malaysian alliances.
• Consulting to develop a global distribution system for Hajj and Umrah products to distribute to all Umrah agents around the world with Ministry of Hajj, Saudi Arabia featuring full e-visa services, global payment system, global reservation system as well as management, operation and procurement.
• Developed and designed a full Hajj and Umrah pilgrims smart security system (In cooperation with Silvertech-Malaysia)
Pilgrim registrations and biometrics
Airport immigration smart auto gates
Pilgrim tracking bracelet
Smart bus tracking system
Smart gateways into the holy city of Makkah including RFID’s, plating numbers, hot cameras with vehicle and recognition technology with facial recognition cameras, Integrated command centers, intelligent systems, Advanced infrastructure RFID and tracking systems.
• Developed a Hajj Fund Platform -with SilverLake-.
A full cyber bank for 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe to make online payment collection and payment technology. (based on Fintech)

To ease collection and payments for pilgrims around the world.
• Assisted GACA facilitation in writing RFP’s and administered RFI’s for enhancing facilitation processes in Saudi airports in accordance with ICAO standards.
• Assisted GACA facilitation department to update the national airport security manual program for Saudi airports.
• Worked with international vendors to bid for national airport (national airport protection systems).
2013 – 2016
• Worked closely with GACA security department and a major security company to establish AvSec company for Saudi airports in accordance with the new Saudi vision 2030 to privatize AvSec in collaboration with Saudi ground services (SGS).
• Worked closely with Malayasia airports Co. on the tender to manage and operate the Jeddah new international airport (KAIA).
• Prepared a full proposal to upgrade Yanbu airport and manage and operate based on BOT with Korean airport corporation (KAC).
Vice Chairman, Destinations of the Kingdom Holdings
Venture investments with municipalities & government agencies in PPP and BOT Projects
• Worked on the tender for Dammam international airport jetways management and operation based on BOT with SATCO.
• Working closely with BRAHIM’s catering -Malaysia- on setting up airline catering company in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of the vision 2030.
• Organized the 2nd Airport Modernization Summit for GACA.
• Organized the 1st Privatization Summit – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2017 with Nispana Event Management Co, in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030.
• Organized the 1st Saudi Smart Cities with MOMRA 2017 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia also with Nispana Event Management Co.
2004 – 2016
VP Planning – Development & Investments, Dhyafat Al-Balad Al-Ameen
In charge of developing investment projects for the holy city of Makkah in the hospitality sector to enhance services to over 20 million visitors a year.
2013 – 2013
Director – General Tourism Development , Islamic Chamber of Commerce & Industry Overlooking the short-term plans for tourism development in OIC countries, including coordination between government and the private sector, developing inter-tourism among OIC and promoting tourism investment projects.
2010 – 2012
Consultant – Aviation and Tourism, Foras Investment Co.
2008 – 2010
Managing Partner, RST – iCash Saudi Arabia
2010 – 2011
Managing Partner, Destinations of The World – Saudi Arabia
Introduced DOTW in 2002 as the first online booking travel services for more than 130k hotels around the globe with call center technology.
2002 – 2005
Managing Partner, VIP Travel Club – Saudi Arabia
Established VIP Travel Club to cater for all Royal Court and HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd Al-Saud’s travels throughout the world with an entire spectrum of services including meet and assist, security, luxury cars, luxury hotels and chateaus.
2002 – 2005
SR Marketing Specialist, Saudi Arabian Airlines
• Received Man of The Year award for Marketing in the years 1987, 1988, 1089, and ‘90
• Developed travel agency cards for Saudi Airlines agents.
• Developed Saudi Airlines’ award program for best sellers for the airlines.
• Initiated the concept of developing the first frequent flyer program in the MENA region for Saudi Airlines “Al-Fursan Program” and coordinated with an international customer loyalty program company to develop and launch the renowned frequent flyer program.
• Established bank settlement plan for airlines in Saudi Arabia clearing house through Samba bank to clear 15 BN Saudi Riyals in airline sales proceed through 2000 travel agencies in the kingdom.
• Appointed General Sales Agent all over the world to increase Saudia’s sales revenue through GSAs versus Saudia’s own offices around the globe.
• Enrolled Saudi Airlines in global distribution systems ‘GDS’ including Galileo, World Span, Saber and Amadeus.
• Introduced Galileo’s travel technology in Saudi Arabia and migrated the technology to 1000 travel agent in the kingdom.
• Organized and managed annual Saudi Airlines’ general sales agent conferences with over 500 travel agencies.
• Introduced many IATA/UFTAA training programs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
• Member of IATA road prevention center in the MENA region.
1986 – 1996
BSc. Political Science, St. Thomas University, Miami, FLA Second Major: BSc. Business Administration
-Arab Student Club President 1983-1986
1983 – 1986
Diploma in Business Administration, Brevard College, Cocoa Beach, FLA.
1980 – 1983
Airline Management and Marketing I, II, III – McDonald Douglas. Calif., USA
1987 – 1988