Professor Keyes is the director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST. He earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1978 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984. Prof Keyes works at the interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of partial differential equations. Before joining KAUST as a founding dean in 2009, he led DOE scalable solver software projects and taught at Columbia University and Yale.
Dr Adam P. Summers trained as a mathematician & engineer and switched to biology for a Ph.D. His lab at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories allows him to deploy cutting edge equipment like micro-CT, and SEM at the water’s edge. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on new materials inspired by shark skeletons; methods of attachment based on clingfish; and the arms & armor of fishes. He is committed to public outreach and was the scientific consultant on Finding Nemo.
Professor Carlos M. Duarte holds the Tarek Ahmed JuffaliChair in Marine Biology with the Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) at KAUST. Duarte received his Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada, in 1987. His research focuses on understanding the effects of global change, including climate change as well as other global-scale impacts of human activity, in marine ecosystems, which he has studied across the world. Duarte has conducted over 15 polar expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Myraida Rivera Marzán is a licensed architect and civil engineer. She is also a member of MIT’s international Fab Lab network, the American Institute of Mathematics and the American Institute of Architects. She received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and separate graduate degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, from Stanford University and the University of Puerto Rico. She enjoys working on projects that combine creativity, ideation, science, art, math and technology, to innovate solutions with a positive return to our society. Myraida is a co-founder of KAUST’s Maker Space SDG and has co-hosted several activities during WEP 2017.
Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer, Author and Blogger. He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents. More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, busked through Spain and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25, the motorway outside London – one of his pioneering microadventures. He was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012.
Professor Mike Bruton was born and educated in South Africa, where he obtained his PhD degree from Rhodes University.
He initially followed a career in marine biology but, over the past two decades, has focused on science center and museum design and development, including the Museum of Technology and Science in Islam at KAUST.
‘Mike Bruton Imagineering’ is a new chapter in Professor Bruton’s career where he plans to use all the knowledge he has gained over his extensive career to guide and provide services in the fields of authorship, science centre development, aquatic research management, Imagineering as well as to inspire with informative talks on science, technology and the environment.
Mbongeni Buthelezi is an artist works and resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. He started painting with plastics in 1991 when he was still a young student at the African Institute of Art in Soweto.
He held many solo and group shows in many parts of the world including New York, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Cairo London and many more. He also took part in a string of prestigious art residencies: the world kicker Vermont Studio Artists Center, Art Omi, Sylt Foundation, Dusseldorf and more. He participated in many museums shows, Museum for African Art New York, Pretoria Museum, Durban Art Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery (Mid career retrospective exhibition), Red Location Museum and more.
He has a lot of work in both public and private collections from museums, galleries across the globe. He has done some big commissioned artworks for hotels and private houses the biggest being 35 m x 4m.
Dr. Laurent Lantieri is an innovator, and was the pioneer of breast reconstruction using DIEP flap in France. He also performed the first full-face transplantation.
Professor in Plastic Surgery at Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris and Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Georges Pompidou Hospital at Paris Descartes University, he did his medical school at Paris Descartes University, followed by his surgical residency. He then did a fellowship at Washington University.
He became a professor in 2002 and department head in 2003. His career has focused on many areas in plastic surgery, including management of neurofibromatosis and plexiform neurofibromas. More recently, he has been involved in facial and extremity allotransplantation, and his team is responsible for 7 of the 28 full-face transplants done to date worldwide. In 2012 he developed a unit in Paris to focus on autologous breast reconstruction, and they currently perform over 250 free flaps per year, and also now work on lymph node transfer and autologous fat grafting.
He has published over 100 peer reviewed book chapters, and received numerous awards, including the Legion d’Honneur in 2012 to recognize his contributions.
Alan Lightman is an American physicist and writer. He has a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology. His scientific research has been in the areas of general relativity, radiation processes, and stellar dynamics. His literary essays and articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Salon, and many others.
His six novels include Einstein’s Dreams, which has been translated into 30 languages, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the first person at MIT to receive a joint faculty appointment in the sciences and the humanities.
Lightman is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. In 2005, he founded the Harpswell Foundation, whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Eric Fossum is a Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Director of the School’s Ph.D. Innovation Program. He is a semiconductor device physicist and engineer specializing in image sensor He is best known for the invention of the CMOS image sensor now used in billions of cameras. He was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2017, it was announced he would receive the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the highest global prize in engineering.
He received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Trinity College, Connecticut USA in 1979, his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1984 and became an EE faculty member at Columbia University. In 1990, he was recruited to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech where he managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology R&D and invented the CMOS image sensor. He then co-founded and led Photobit Corporation to commercialize the technology. Photobit was acquired by Micron in 2001. He later served as CEO of Siimpel Corporation to commercialize MEMS auto-focus actuators for camera phones. He worked with Samsung Electronics before joining Dartmouth in 2010. He has published over 290 technical papers and holds over 160 US patents. Dr. Fossum co-founded the International Image Sensor Society (IISS) and served as first President.
Emmie Pollard was born in London, and lived in the Middle East for many years, including some time in Libya, Yemen and the UAE. She lived in Jeddah and Riyadh before moving to the Eastern Province.
Emmie Pollard has always been interested in history, belonging to Local Societies in the UK. She is always eager to learn of the history and of the characters who have been “there before”, the maps have played an important part.
Wendy Marcinkus Murphy, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson College where she teaches organizational behavior for undergraduates and managing talent in the MBA program. Her research is at the intersection of careers, mentoring, and work-life issues, with particular attention to nontraditional developmental relationships and learning.
Murphy has published her work in a range of journals, such as Human Resource Management, Gender in Management, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior, among others. Her book with Dr. Kathy Kram, Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life, bridges mentoring scholarship and practice. In 2014, she was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the “40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 in the World.”
Abdulrahman Mohammed is an experimental and improvisational jazzy and alternative rock style Singer, independent artist, his passion and love is to enjoy making music and songs through experimental, improvisational, alternative rock, light jazz, folk, acoustic, light experimental Turkish music styles.
The career of Abdulrahman Mohammed began when he qualified to the 10 finalists singing competition TV show on MBC Arabic known TV channel in 1999.
In 2012, Abdulrahman released YouTube single “Yamn Hawah” an Arabic heritage poem combined with western semi alternative rock music arraignment and composition collaboration song project with his friends, a creative talented independent rock band, namely: (Breaking The Boundaries)
The success of his music made him one of the most important independent experimental Arabic names on YouTube with 450,000 subscribers and over 100,000,000 views on his YouTube channel from 2008 – 2016.
Abdulrahman has around 15 video songs projects on his YouTube channel, which he represent as his life music journey album which he named: (The Dream That Never Dies) all the songs video filmed and registered in ITunes and other music digital stores by the Name of Abdulrahman Mohammed.
Oumar Kasraoui is a guitarist, composer and music professor:2008-2015:
Concerts in different festivals:
- 2012-2013: Supervision of pupils of the National Conservatory of Music of Tunis
- 2009-2015: Guitar teacher in different music conservatories (Al Emel, Farinelli, Coda, Artistou ..)
- 2014-2015: Obtaining the Professional Guitar Specialty Card
Ghassen Fendri is a guitarist, composer and music professor:
Founder of the group "The Funky Sheep". He plays in the «ElectroBtaihi» project of «Zied Zouari», residence 2016-2017 and concert at «Art rue» (December 2016), concert at «l'Agora» (December 2016).
Guitarist, arranger and director of the "CHICHKHAN" project 2016-2017
Guitarist of the project "Fallega" of "Nasreddine Chebli" (Tanit of Bronze in the 2016-2017 framework of the Carthage musical days), international festival of carthage 2016
Artistic director, conductor and guitarist of the show of the Saudi singer 2016 "Abdulrahman Mohammed" for the international festival of Hammamet 2016
Guitarist and founder of the group "H & Honeys" 2015-2017
Guitarist of the project "Saxophone Tunes" by "Saifeddine Maayouf"
Skander Ben Abid is a clarinetist, composer and professor specialized in clarinet. Recent performances:
- International Festival of Carthage: concert with Mohammed Ali Kamoun in 2013, opening and closing concert with Lotfi Bouchnak in 2014, 2015, concert with Lena Chamamyan in 2013, concert with Yosra Mahnouch in 2016
- International Festival of Sousse: concert with Naouel Ghachem in 2012, concert with Charbel Rouhana in 2012, concert with Mohamed Ali Triki in 2011
- International Festival of Hammamet: collaboration with Group “Tuniso-Allemand” in 2012, concert with Abdulrahman Mohammed in 2016
Shaidah Almutairi is married and has five children. She came from a disadvantage family and she attended many professional hand craft courses through the center of Slysla of the Faisaliah charity in the manufacture of traditional dolls. She constantly develops herself until she has mastered the profession of making dolls.
Afrah Khalifa was born deaf and dumb... Living with her mother and sister... she gained several hand craft skills over her life journey, most important crochet and fiber and manufacture of dolls and the development of silk embroidery used in cotton handcraft. She has gone beyond her hearing and speaking difficulties in dealing with people and has now become on the top list of best making and selling handcraft in Slysla.
Israa Mahmoud was born deaf and dumb... Living with her mother and sister... she gained several hand craft skills over her life journey, most important crochet and fiber and manufacture of dolls and the development of silk embroidery used in cotton handcraft. She has gone beyond their hearing and speaking difficulties in dealing with people and has now become on the top list of best making and selling handcraft in Slysla.