Founder & Trustee

Tarik A. Alireza, was born in Cairo, raised and educated in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland and the USA. He completed a degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California.

In 1977, he established Tarik Ali Alireza Consulting Engineers, a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering practise with offices in Jeddah and later Athens, Greece. His international and Saudi Arabia based projects have included private residential, housing complexes, commercial towers, touristic resorts and most recently, museums.

Tarik Alireza served as member of the first Board of Directors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (2000-2004). He is is a member of the Board of Directors of Haji Abdullah Alireza & Co. Ltd., the oldest family business in Saudi Arabia, with a history dating back over one and a half centuries.

For over 50 years Tarik has been an avid collector of classical philately and the postal history of Saudi Arabia and Yemen and has been an active researcher, exhibitor, lecturer and author of numerous articles in the international philatelic press. He has won major awards (Gold, Large Gold, Championship Class) at International Philatelic Federation (FIP) exhibits in London, Tokyo, Granada, Istanbul, San Francisco, Milan, Madrid and Washington DC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and is a long-standing member of the Saudi Arabian and American Philatelic Societies, The Collectors Club (NY) and the Society of Postal Historians (UK). Tarik also collects maps, engravings, photographs and books on the Near East and Middle East. He has a passion for antiquities worldwide and is an amateur photographer.