Abdullah Hammad is the president of the Mahd Academy, the Saudi Arabian national sports academy in Riyadh.
Hammad’s role at the academy is to discover and identify talent across the Kingdom through schools, public essays, contests, and through teachers and referrals.
He has experience in multiple sports including football, in governing and developing organizations, his ability to diversify and create goals making him a leading figure in the Saudi sports sector.
Hammad is also the Managing Director of the Leaders Development Institute, which prepares future sports leaders for more than 90 federations through educational courses.
He is also a board member for the Saudi Special Olympics, a global movement for inclusion using sports, health, education and leadership programs to empower and inspire.
In September 2019, he represented the Kingdom as a member of the marketing committee of the Asian Football Confederation.
In 2018, he became a member of the board of directors of Al-Ahli Saudi FC, a post assigned by the Ministry of Sports, where he shared his experience in Europe to improve the club’s youth teams and the development of the club. ‘academy, which has led to the production of many future national team players. .
Prior to his positions at the Leaders Development Institute and the Mahd Academy, he worked at the Aspire Academy in Qatar from 2013 to 2017 as Chief Recruiter at the Football Skills & Development Center.
Hammad obtained his Masters in Sports Management in 2012 from the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During his graduation he was a part-time screening specialist for AFC Ajax from 2012 to 2013.
In 2010 he obtained his Higher Diploma in Denmark in Sports Coaching from Gymnastics and Sports Academy Viborg.
From 2010 to 2011 he was assistant football and youth coach at Aarhus Gymnastikforening in Denmark and VSK Aarhus in 2009.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in management, with a specialization in coaching, from SKEMA Business School in Nice, France.
He obtained his C, B and A coaching license, which it took ten years to obtain, from the European Football Association UEFA, considered the highest level of license a coach can achieve in the world.