One notable by-product of the entrenchment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) in Saudi’s political system is the continuous insight into who sits in his inner circle. As new positions are created, and old faces are ousted from existing ones, Saudi’s golden boy is taking the opportunity to fill the system’s ranks with contacts of his own.

Shadow Governance Intel has been tracking the rise of these power players in order to determine the extent of their reach. Today’s insight focuses on Ahmed Al Khatib, an individual with access to an array of institutions – all of which are central to the functioning of the post-2015 state.