A former fighter pilot, Mansour Al-Babtain is a dynamic and result-oriented professional with extensive experience working with high-level government figures and private sector leaders.
Mansour joined the World Defense Show (WDS) in April 2021. His role is to liaise between WDS, the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) and the key stakeholders involved in the show. The department coordinates and links WDS business owners with the required government entities, ensures the security of the location and people, prior, during and post the show, and manages the WDS committees.
From the initial show license to the security support, Al-Babtain handles the challenges of ensuring that military supplies, technology and personnel, are able to enter and exit the country without problem, as well as delivering an expectational cultural experience.
In addition to his pervious roles and responsibilities, he is leading some key show features for WDS2024 second edition such as the delegation program, welcome speech, and welcome reception event that connects delegation and exhibitors.
He has extensive experience in government in the role of liaison between the private and public sectors, particularly working with the Minister of Defense, and proven expertise at shaping overall business strategy and developing strategic plans.
Having graduated from King Faisal Air Academy, he served 12 years in the Royal Saudi Air Force as a fighter pilot, squadron leader and Tactical Intelligent Officer, before moving to the Minister of Defense’s office, as the head of the protocol and relationship department. He later headed up the Military Attachés administration in the MoD.
Shortly before joining the WDS, Mansour was part of the team that established the National Security Center (NSC). He served as Head of the Strategic Planning Department for the NSC, establishing a comprehensive plan to defend the Kingdom.
In addition to his degee in Aerial Sciences, Mansour holds a Masters in Strategic studies, from Air University in Alabama and a Diploma in Diplomatic & Political Relations from the International Arbitration Commission, Cairo.
Married with five children, Mansour enjoys travelling with the family, and tries to make time each year for scuba diving and skiing.