Jafar AlShayeb (b. 1959) was born in Tarout, Saudi Arabia, and is a Saudi writer, political activist, and an elected Chairman of Qatif Municipal Council in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He is interested in Middle East politics, Saudi Arabia, economic and social developments, human rights, and civil society.
AlShayeb was educated in the US , holds B.S. degree in electronic engineering from University of Southern Colorado, M.S. degree in economics from Middle Tennessee State University, and has completed many specialized courses in international trade and finance. He worked in the fields of finance and administration in many private companies and currently manages his own business in telecommunications and IT consulting.
AlShayeb is a regular commentator and analyst of local politics and reform issues in many press and media channels; among which are Saudi Radio and TV, BBC, Al-Jazera TV, Al-Arabia TV, Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Yaum, Arab News,etc. He has participated in many international seminars and conferences in the areas of human rights and political developments.
He has been actively involved in reform and wider popular participation. He sponsors “Althulatha Cultural Forum”, a weekly social gathering started in 1999, aims to set grounds for dialogue and discussion of different social and political issues that concern community leaders and activists. AlShayeb heads local charity foundations and youth programs concern about social developments, and has participated in National Dialogue Conferences in Saudi Arabia.
Beside being an elected member of Qatif Municipal Council, he also serves as an active member in many organizations; among which are the National Society for Human Rights (Saudi Arabia,( Arab Forum for Dialogue and Citizenship (Lebanon), Network of Democrats in the Arab World (Morocco), Global Network for Local Governance (India), and Arab League for Democracy (Yemen).