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Abdulaziz Al Turki

Mr. Abdulaziz Al Turki has been the Chairman of Rawabi Holding since its inception. Under his skilled leadership, the company has expanded and continues to advance. Awarded both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University, Mr. AlTurki is also Chairman of Gulf Union Cooperative Insurance Company and Energy Capital Group and on the Board of Trustees at Lebanese American University (LAU). Mr. Al Turki is actively involved in many civic activities, including being the Founder and Chairman of the Annual Charity Run in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Founder and Chairman of the Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association, Chairman of the Saudi Cancer Foundation, Chairman of the Saudi Foundation for Promoting Organ Donations, and Chairman of the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control.

Abdullah Almojel

Dr, Abdullah Almojel joined KAUST in August 2008 as Vice President, University Relations. In December 2009, he was named Vice President, University Development reporting directly to the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration. Dr. Almojel is an engineer and university educator with 11 years of experience as a cultural ambassador and manager of international students. He has taught at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he holds an associate professorship in computer engineering. He had previously served as department chairman. Dr. Almojel joined KAUST from the Saudi Ministry of Higher Education, where he served for eight years as Deputy Minister for Cultural Relations. In that post, he organized scientific and cultural relations between Saudi universities and institutions, including top international book fairs and exhibitions. In addition, he was the General Supervisor of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, which grants scholarships to more than 18,000 Saudi students who wish to study at top universities abroad. Dr. Almojel managed two dozen Saudi Arabian cultural missions and attachés overseas where Saudi students abroad report. Dr. Almojel earned his doctorate in computer engineering and science at The George Washington University (1997), in Washington, D.C., where he majored in computer engineering and architecture. His dissertation was partially supported by the Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences (CESDIS) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He holds a masters in Computer Science from the University of Denver (1991), in the United States, and a bachelor's in Computer Engineering from King Saud University (1987) in Saudi Arabia. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at Advanced Parallel Architecture Lab of George Washington University (May 1997 – June 1998). He has published more than 40 papers and technical research reports in peer-reviewed publications, and given more than 80 technical and professional presentations, lectures, seminars, and invited talks in many prestigious international and regional conferences and symposiums, forums, and workshops. His research interests are similar to KAUST’s areas of research, including high-performance computing, parallel processing and architecture, performance evaluation and workload characterization, Grand Challenge N-body problems, interdisciplinary information systems, intelligent multimedia database systems, Internet computing, and e-government applications and technologies. He was heavily involved on several Joint NSF-NASA Initiatives on Evaluation (JNNIE) projects under the auspices of the NASA High-Performance Computing and Communications Program. In one research effort, Dr. Almojel evaluated the performance and architecture of parallel supercomputers such as the Cray T3D and C90, Intel Paragon, IBM SP-2, and Thinking Machines CM-5. He was a Research Assistant at Center of Excellence in Space Data & Information Sciences (CESDIS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1993 –1997). Dr. Almojel holds many academic and scientific honors including a Scientific Award from the Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences (CESDIS) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Salzburg Global Seminar, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society, Association for Computing Machinery, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the Saudi Computer Society (SCS), and the Saudi Society for Technology and Development Transfer (SSTDT).

Adam Campbell

Adam has15 years of both ultimate and disc golf experience and co-founded the Salisbury University men’s ultimate team, which qualified for division I college nationals two consecutive years. He played with Medicine Men, a Baltimore MD based club team, and organized an annual Frisbee Championships event in Maryland for six years. He has recently brought his ultimate knowledge and spirit of the game to Dubai, UAE and Tunisia.

Adnan Soufi

CEO of SEDCO Holding Dr. Adnan Soufi is the CEO of SEDCO Holding since January 2010, and a Board member of SEDCO Capital. Previously he held the Managing Director’s position at Financial Investment Group of SEDCO and was responsible for Public & Private Equity Investment Programs, Collaboration with Financial Institutions and Investment Management Firms, and Direct Equity Investments in Financial Services Sectors. Dr. Soufi held the position of professor of Finance and International Business during 1984-1994 at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, and was the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration during 1995-1998. He was also a Senior Associate Member of Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College in 2005. Dr. Soufi is a Fulbright scholar, who holds a Ph.D in Business Administration and International Finance from the George Washington University, and he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and MBA from the Seattle University.

Ahmed Fayad


Akhundov Arif


Alajati Abdullah


Ali Alarrafi Ibraheem

DOB: 1971 AH Teacher of arts in MOE. Teacher of Arabic Calligraphy in The Holy mosque. Arbitrator of many local and international competitions. Participated in many Events & Exhibition world wide. Taken the First position in Kingdom competition. Presenter of a TV show about Arabic Calligraphy called (MESHEQ) Author of a book about Arabic Calligraphy called (MESHEQ)

Alyn Rockwood

Dr. Alyn P. Rockwood is Associate Director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center, and Professor of Applied Mathematics at KAUST. At the pioneering graphics company Evans and Sutherland, he led a team that first achieved certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a pilot training simulator, which allowed pilots to train completely for new aircraft on a simulator. At Silicon Graphics, Inc, he developed the method for rendering curved surfaces in real time that is integral to OpenGL today. These and other innovations led the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH), the premier organization in computer graphics, to appoint him as Research Papers Chair in 1999 and Conference Chair in 2003. Recently, as vice president, he led a multi-million-dollar initiative to create the new conference, SIGGRAPH in Asia. Dr. Rockwood has been in academics at Arizona State University and Colorado School of Mines, where he was Assistant Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies. He has received several teaching awards, the COFES 2007 Innovation in Technology Award, and the CAD Society "Heroes of Engineering" Award. His current research is focused on developing new modeling techniques for industrial design and animation, volume meshing for FE analysis, a new basis for image processing, and engineering applications of Clifford Algebra. Dr. Rockwood has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, secured six patents, co-founded three successful start-up companies and written three books, including one novel.

Amer Alfaori


Ann Khoaz


Anna Tramontano

Anna Tramontano, a KAUST Investigator, was trained as a physicist but she soon became fascinated by the complexity of biology and by the promises of computational biology. After a post-doctoral period at UCSF, she joined the Biocomputing Programme of the EMBL in Heidelberg. In 1990 she moved back to Italy to work in the Merck Research Laboratories near Rome. In 2001, she returned to the academic world as a Chair Professor of Biochemistry in "La Sapienza" University in Rome where she continues to pursue her scientific interests on protein structure prediction and analysis in the Department of Biochemical Sciences. She is a member of the European Research Council, of the European Molecular Biology Organization and of the organizing Committee of the Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction (CASP) initiative.She is also a member of the Advisory Board of several Institutions (EMBL, EBI, Max Planck, CRG, etc.) and Associate Editor of Bioinformatics, Proteins and PlOS One. She has published about 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and four books.

Ari Sherris

Dr. Sherris' research interests include second language acquisition (studies of interaction, feedback, and second language motivation); bilingualism and bilingual education; heritage and indigenous language revitalization; discourse analysis, cohesion, and stylistics; oracy and literacy standards of learning and curriculum development, including task-based language teaching and learning together with integrated content and language instruction. He frames his work as language ecology in order to research and develop sustainable, diverse approaches aligned with local communities of practice in collaboration with broader, global interests and concerns. His previous positions include Research Associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. and Curriculum Coordinator of an M.A. TESOL program at SUNY College at Fredonia. He has worked as a consultant on four continents and taught graduate courses in second language acquisition, action research, and the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model at universities across the U.S.

Aron Ahmadi

I am a Research Scientist at KAUST working at the intersection of applied mathematics, software engineering, and application domains as diverse as adaptive optics, semiconductor lithography, and ice-sheet modeling. My focus is in the collaborative development of robust, reproducible, and scalable software tools for computational science. You can find out more about me athttp://aron.ahmadia.net

Atanas Atanasov


Atif Shamim

Dr Atif Shamim received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering at Carleton University, Canada in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He was a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Graduate scholar at Carleton University from 2007 till 2009 and  NSERC postdoctoral Fellow in 2009-2010 at Royal Military College Canada and KAUST. In August 2010, he joined the Electrical Engineering Program at KAUST, where he is currently an Associate Professor and principal investigator of IMPACT Lab.

Professor Shamim's research is focused on applications like personal area network, automotive radars, wearable and implantable wireless sensors, wireless powering and renewable energy.

Barbara Hipp


Beata Zielosko


Ben Driver


Benedikt Stampfli


Benoit Marchand

Benoit Marchand is a well-known figure in the world of High-Performance Computing and a frequent speaker at conferences. He built and managed SGI's (then Cray also) European HPC application tuning and benchmarking center and later also managed HPC sales and developed cluster products for Sun Microsystems Europe. He published the first Web manual on the subject of application tuning, authored a SPEC benchmark (resolved the Queens problem dilemma), was first to break the 1 GFlops barrier with the Linpack benchmark, authored several patents and founded a software company. He is renowned for developing innovative parallelization techniques and tools constantly pushing the limit of HPC technology. Mr Marchand holds a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Waterloo and an MBA from HEC

Bernd Plank


Bertrand Piccard

Born into a Swiss dynasty of explorers and scientists, who conquered the heights and the depths of our planet, Bertrand Piccard seems predestined to perpetuate one of the greatest family adventures of the 20th century. Psychiatrist, aeronaut and renowned lecturer, chairman of the Winds of Hope humanitarian foundation and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, he uses his family heritage to deal with today’s global challenges. A pioneer of ultralight flying in the 70s, an airplane and glider pilot, Bertrand Piccard achieved in 1999 the first ever non-stop round the world balloon flight, the longest flight in terms of duration and distance in the history of aviation. Combining exploration and protection of the environment, he initiated the Solar Impulse project to promote renewable energies and new technologies. Moving outside the customary certainties, Bertrand Piccard is first and foremost a visionary communicator and his forethought has motivated the financial partners of this adventure. He shares with André Borschberg the lead of this project, as he will share with him the controls.

Bill Baxter

Bill Baxter's passion and enthusiasm for computer graphics began when he started making animations on his family's Apple ][ computer at age 11. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004, with a dissertation on physically based techniques for interactive digital painting. He went on to work for OLM Digital, Inc. in Tokyo, where he researched and developed algorithms to make digital animations easier to create for both artists and non-artists. Bill also spent some time at Microsoft Research, working on digital painting and augmented reality applications. He is currently a software engineer for Google, working in the company's Seattle, Washington office. He is part of the team that created a new version of Google Maps based entirely on the new WebGL API standard.

Bing-Yi Jing


Brendan Rauw


Brett Dellingham

Brett Dillingham teaches and performs storytelling in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. His work has been presented at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and he has performed live storytelling on National Public Radio and the International Children's Festival. His keynote addresses include the World Congress on Reading and the International Reading Association.

Bruce Logan

Bruce Logan is the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering at Penn State University, and Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute. He has published over 300 journal papers and several books (including one on microbial fuel cells), and works in a variety of research areas including bioenergy production, bioremediation, environmental transport processes, colloidal dynamics, and microbial adhesion. Dr. Logan is also a visiting professor at Newcastle University in the UK, Harbin Institute of Technology and Dalian University of Technology in China, and he is an Investigator with the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Carolin Ahrendt


Catherine Newman

Dr. Catherine Newman has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has been working as a product design consultant in Silicon Valley for the past 6 years. Her work has been published in design magazine ReadyMade and has been pictured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Catherine travels teaching a customized version of the Introduction to Physical Problem-Solving at colleges and universities internationally, while maintaining her product design practice. In addition, she is authoring a textbook for Everyday Designers. Catherine Newman . Catherine@CatKayNew.com . Oakland, California 94607 USA.

Chad Carlos


Christos Saragiotis

Christos Saragiotis holds a degree in Mathematics, diploma in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D .in geophysical signal processing. Prior to his joining the Seismic Wave Analysis Group of KAUST in November 2009 he worked at the Eötvös Loránd Geophysical Institute as a researcher. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer in Technological and Engineering Departments in Greece.

Claudia Renjifo

Ms. Renjifo has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), an MSc in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She began her professional career in Colombia as a Design Engineer, where she participated in the design of several power lines for the northern coast of Colombia coordinating fieldwork with topographers and engineers. After obtaining her Master’s degree Ms. Renjifo was recruited by Bayer Corporation, where she worked as a Process Control Systems Engineer for 5 years. Her responsibilities in this position included project design, cost estimates and instrument specifications and coordination of the detailed design between engineering disciplines. She also supervised project construction, execution, commissioning and start-up. In 2004 she moved back to Colombia where she continued to work for Bayer (Andean Region) as a Project Manager, overseeing critical infrastructure projects in Bogotá and Caracas. During this time she also earned her MBA, and later moved to Venezuela where she headed the Finance, Sales Administration and Procurement Departments. She was responsible for overseeing all financial and treasury activities, including transactions in the bond swap market, for Bayer in Venezuela, as well as for ensuring the company’s strict adherence to the Foreign Exchange Control Law. In February of 2011 she relocated to Germany where she now works in Bayer AG’s Corporate Development department as a Strategy Consultant, contributing to strategic projects for the holding and its three subgroups.

Colin Jones

Colin Jones is Head of The Rossby Centre at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), with ~20 years experience in climate modeling, with a particular emphasis on atmospheric parameterizations. He was previously Director of the Canadian Regional Climate Modeling Network and Professor at the University of Quebec and has worked in climate research in both the UK and USA. He is co-chair of the WCRP Task-Force on Regional Climate Downscaling, which leads the CORDEX project. He is a member of the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modeling and is a member of the EC-Earth International Steering Group. He received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from the University of East Anglia, UK and holds a degree in Geophysical Sciences from the same university. He coordinates a new European Union FP7 large-scale integrating project; EMBRACE (Earth System Model Bias Reduction and Abrupt Climate Change) targeting the improvement of key physical and biogeochemical processes in 5 leading European Earth System Models.

Cornelia Roder

Cornelia is a marine ecologist working as Postdoc at the Red Sea Research Center in KAUST. Before studying Red Sea coral reefs, she have participated in coral reef projects on Bermuda, in Costa Rica, Thailand and China. Cornelia's main interest is in reef metabolism, reef-water interactions and the effects of changing environmental conditions on reefs. Cornelia has been a Reef Check scientist since 2006 and have conducted Reef Check workshops in Egypt since then.

Cornie Scheffer

Prof Cornie Scheffer is the founder and head of the Biomedical Engineering Research Group (www.sun.ac.za/berg) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa where he played a key role in the development of numerous new medical devices. He is the author and co-author of numerous research papers and is also the co-author of a textbook. Prof Scheffer is also the presenter of workshops in the engineering field and has presented his courses in many international locations. He consults to industry on a regular basis in his areas of expertise and is co-inventor of several medical device patents. He is a member of the IEEE, the EMBS, the SAIMechE and is also a registered professional engineer (PrEng).Prof Scheffer received the “Upcoming researcher of the year” award in 2005, and won the DTI Technology Awards in 2008. He was the joint winner of the Baumgarten-Wagon award in 2009, a finalist in the 2009/10 NSTF awards, and received the Rector’s award for excellent research in 2010.His enthusiasm and down to earth style of presenting makes for a very enjoyable and interesting course.

Craig Kapfer


Daniel Binham

Daniel is a PhD student in Mathematics. He likes playing table tennis and (to a lesser extent) badminton, squash and tennis.

David Ketcheson


Ding Ding


Duaa Basyouni


Emmanuel Giannelis

Emmanuel P. Giannelis is the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering at Cornell University. He received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He is currently the Director of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the co-Director of the KAUST-CU Center for Energy and Sustainability. He has delivered more than 450 invited talks and seminars. He is a member of several professional organizations and a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences. He is the author or co-author of about 210 papers/book chapters and 11 patents. He is a highly cited author in Materials Science http://www.ISIHighlyCited.com) and he is listed as one of the top 25 cited authors in Nanotechnology by ISI http://www.esi-topics.com/nano/index.html).

Eric Jones

As Chief Executive Officer, Eric has a broad background in engineering and software development and leads Enthought's product engineering and software design. Prior to co-founding Enthought, Eric worked with numerical electromagnetics and genetic optimization in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Duke University. He has taught numerous courses on the use of Python for scientific computing and serves as a member of the Python Software Foundation. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University in electrical engineering and a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering from Baylor University.

Erica Jolly

Ms. Erica T. Jolly has been teaching English as a Foreign Language, English for Business, English for Specific Purposes and English for Academic purposes now for over 18 years in 9 different countries, on 4 different continents. Immediately prior to working at KAUST she was teaching at universities in Nottingham and Hull in the UK. Her MA in English Language Teaching Is from the University of Reading in England. Ms. Jolly also has a background in the sciences, with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics.

Erik Vonschwerin


Evelyn Ehrenberger


Falko Kuester


Faran Siddiqi


Fayek Kattan

Dr Fayek Kattan is a geologist who works with the Saudi Geological Survey. His long term interest has been the Arabian Shield, which makes up much of the NW part of the Kingdom. Dr Rich, Tim Rich, and Patricia Vickers-Rich have worked with him in the field in the Kingdom for many years in search of the Earth's oldest animals, the Ediacarans, which students will meet in the program presented in this program

Felix Mayer

Felix Mayer received his first musical training with the Stuttgarter Hymnus boychoir under the direction of Prof. Gerhard Wilhelm and performed as a cellist in various chamber music ensembles and orchestras. He studied in Tübingen, Munich and Vienna, and attended Masterclasses at the Vienna University of Music, the Vienna Musikseminar, and the International Bach Academy Stuttgart with such notable conductors as Prof. Mark Stringer (Vienna University of Music), Daniel Harding, Helmuth Rilling and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He toured many European countries as well as China, Israel, Japan, South Africa, and South America. Felix Mayer received his first musical training with the Stuttgarter Hymnus boychoir under the direction of Prof. Gerhard Wilhelm and performed as a cellist in various chamber music ensembles and orchestras. He studied in Tübingen, Munich and Vienna, and attended Masterclasses at the Vienna University of Music, the Vienna Musikseminar, and the International Bach Academy Stuttgart with such notable conductors as Prof. Mark Stringer (Vienna University of Music), Daniel Harding, Helmuth Rilling and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He toured many European countries as well as China, Israel, Japan, South Africa, and South America.Felix Mayer received his first musical training with the Stuttgarter Hymnus boychoir under the direction of Prof. Gerhard Wilhelm and performed as a cellist in various chamber music ensembles and orchestras. He studied in Tübingen, Munich and Vienna, and attended Masterclasses at the Vienna University of Music, the Vienna Musikseminar, and the International Bach Academy Stuttgart with such notable conductors as Prof. Mark Stringer (Vienna University of Music), Daniel Harding, Helmuth Rilling and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He toured many European countries as well as China, Israel, Japan, South Africa, and South America.

Florian Leitmeir


Galina Rodionova

Galina Rodionova, PhD in Economics, is a rural sociologist. Since 1994 she has worked in various international projects devoted to sustainable rural development in Russia and Tajikistan. Her specialization is assessment and monitoring of rural poverty. She shot her first film “The Keepers” about Tajik and Uzbek folklore in 2007. She participated in IV Moscow Visual Anthropological Festival (2008) with the film “17 Minutes in Border District”, and in V Moscow Visual Anthropological Festival (2010) with the presentation "Interiorization and the Dialogue of Cultures".

Ge Gao


Georgiy Stenchikov

Dr. Georgiy Stenchikov is Professor in the Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering and chair of the Earth Sciences and Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He graduated from the Moscow Physical Technical Institute from where he also obtained his Ph.D. and habilitation in 1977 and 1989, respectively. He conducted interdisciplinary studies in the broad field of climate modeling, atmospheric physics, and environmental sciences and published on the effects of severe thunderstorms on chemical balances in the troposphere, stratosphere-troposphere exchange, aerosol radiative forcing, stretched-grid general circulation modeling, climate downscaling using regional models, and impacts of explosive volcanic eruptions on the climate.

Ghassan Jabbour

Director of KAUST’s Solar and Alternative Energy Engineering Research Center Ghassan E. Jabbour, Ph.D, SPIE Fellow: He was the Director of the Advanced Photovoltaics, Director of Research-Optoelectronic Materials and Devices at the Flexible Display Center (FDC), and a Professor of the School of Materials at Arizona State University (ASU). Prior to Professor Jabbour was on the faculty of Optical Sciences Center where he still holds an adjunct research professor appointment. Professor Jabbour is also an adjunct research faculty at ASU, and Imperial College in London. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE JDT. He is also on the Editorial Board of the New Journal of Recent Patents on Materials Science. Professor Jabbour is a Guest Editor for the MRS Bulletin issue on Organic Photovoltaics (January 2005). He is also the chair and/or co-chair and on the committees of over 150 conferences related to photonic and electronic properties as well as printing of electronic and photonic materials and devices. Professor Jabbour attended Northern Arizona University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Arizona. His research projects include Solar Cells, Energy Storage, Flexible Nanothick Electronics and Photonics; Nano and Macro Printed and Patterned Optical, Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials and Devices; Prof. Jabbour has more than 400 papers, invited talks and proceedings. He holds several patents and has edited several books related to the areas of energy, nanotechnology, and functional optoelectronics. Prof. Jabbour’s work has been featured by editors of Nature, Nature Photonics, Science, MRS Bulletin, Advanced Materials (four times on cover of journal), MIT Technology Review, USA Today, Boston Globe, CNN, FOX News, LA Times, PC magazine, etc. Prof. Jabbour is a Fellow of SPIE for his numerous and significant contributions to the field of flexible, printed and organic electronics. Among the achievements of his group are the demonstration of the first printed photovoltaic cell using soft materials, whitish excimer based organic light emitting diode with nearly 100% internal quantum efficiency, first inkjet printed and patterned RGB quantum dot light emitting diode, first screen printed nanothick OLED, and many other advances. For his noted accomplishments in printed electronics and photonics, Professor Jabbour received the prestigious Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor award . In 2006, he received the Best Poster Award (jointly awarded by the USA National Academy of Engineering / the Engineering Academy of Japan, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency). He is currently the Director of KAUST Center for Solar and Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center, a Named Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Jabbour is Rawabi Holdings Research Chair in Solar and Voltaics, the first endowed chair given to a professor at KAUST. In 2011, Prof. Jabbour was elected to the rank of Fellow of the European Optical Society. His election recognizes his “outstanding contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics and photonics, his role inside the optical community, his great support for the European Optical Society, and especially for his contributions and innovations in printed and flexible nanothick photonics and photovoltaics.” .

Giorgio Coricelli

Assistant professor. Department of Economics, University of Southern California. Director of the Neuroeconomics Team at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, French National Center for Scientific Research - CNRS, France .Principal investigator: PAT (Provincia Autonoma di Trento) research grant, Project: Neuroeconomics. Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy

Gisela Kangler


Gregory Northcraft


Guiseppe Caire


Gustavo Chavez

Computer sciences, Research and development, Start-ups, Change the world

H. Seliger

H. Seliger: Study of Chemistry. Ph.D. 1966 on "Approaches to the Synthesis of Oligonucleotides on Polymeric Supports" at the Max-Planck-Institute für Experimentelle Medizin in Göttingen (supervisor: F. Cramer). 1968 - 1969 Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, Evanston, USA (with R.L. Letsinger). 1969 - 1976 Assistant in the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg (Hermann-Staudinger Institute, with Prof. E. Husemann). Habilitation for Macromolecular Chemistry. 1976 - 2002 Professor and Head of the Polymer Division of the University of Ulm. 2002 (official retirement) - 2008 Provisional head of the Division of Chemical Functions in Biosystems at the University of Ulm, later Research Group of Chemical Functions in Biosystems. 2009 - 2011 Director of the Laboratory for Chemical Functions in Biosystems, working for Antisense Pharma Co., in the Biotechnology Center of the “Technologie Foerderungs-Unternehmen GmbH” (TFU) in Ulm. since 2002 Founding Dean for Biotechnology in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology of the German University in Cairo. Teaching: 1979 - 2008: Polymer Chemistry, focus on Biopolymers. Biomaterials. Biochemistry. Introductory and Advanced Practical Courses on Polymer Chemistry. 1990 -2000: Organizer and Chairman of the Graduate Study Program “Biomolecular Medicine”. 2000, 2001: Introduction to Combinatorial Nucleic Acid Synthesis; Oligonucleotide Libraries and their Applications. Since 2004: Lecture “Principles of Macromolecular Chemistry Determine the Behaviour of Biomaterials as well as of Synthetic Polymers” in the International Master Course “Advanced Materials” at the University of Ulm. Since 2003: Lectures on “Colours of Biotechnology” and on “Some Basic Principles of Biopolymers” at the German University in Cairo. Research: Synthesis of oligo- and polynucleotides mainly with application of the solid-phase technique. Structurally modified oligonucleotides of potential therapeutic interest. Combinatorial nucleic acid chemistry. Oligonucleotide-loaded nanoparticles. Synthesis of bio-polyester-urethanes on the basis of renewable resources, in particular biogenic poly-3-hydroxy-alkanoates.

Han Liu


Hans-F Graf

Professor for Environmental Systems Analysis, University of Cambridge, UK 10/2003-present Fellow of Clare Hall, 2003 - present Deputy Director, Atmosphere Department at MPI-Meteorology, 2000-2003 Senior Scientist and Groupleader, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology Hamburg, Germany 1991- 2003 Privatdozent, Geosciences, University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 1991- 2003 Scientific Assistant (tenured), Meteorological Institute, Humboldt-University, Berlin, 1979-1990 Industrial Meteorologist, Kombinat Kraftwerksanlagenbau, Berlin, Germany, 1978-1979 Scientific Assistant, Division of Physics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 1974-1978

Hans-Joachim Bungartz

Prof. Bungartz, heading a full course team, is a full professor of computer science at the department of informatics at Technische Universität München. His research interests span a large variety from scientific and advanced computing - from efficient algorithms for high dimensional data, over high performance computing, to application fields such as computational fluid dynamics and computational finance. Prof. Bungartz is the director of the Munich Centre of Advanced Computing, he serves as principal investigator for the projects Simulating CO2 Sequestration and Vitual Arabia implemented under the umbrella of the KAUST-TUM special partnership, and he is also a board member of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich.

Hany Ramadan

Dr. Hany Ramadan is Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering Division at KAUST. He assumed his duties in August 2009. Dr. Ramadan’s work focuses on operating systems, concurrent programming, databases, as well as software and hardware for parallel programming. He has six years of industry experience in building systems software, working for the Microsoft Corporation on the Windows operating system. Dr. Ramadan’s work has been presented at a number of major systems and architecture conferences. These include the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), the ACM Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP), the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) and the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO), Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI). His work has also appeared in the Communications of the ACM (CACM) and the Top Picks award issue of the IEEE journal Micro. Dr. Ramadan is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Dr. Ramadan earned his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Dr. Ramadan holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.

Hareeqi Mohammad


Heidrun Hogger


Hisham Ahmad Binjabi


Hugo Liu


Ibrahim Hoteit


Igor Chikalov


Isabel Christen


Israel Green-Hopkins


Jack Cackler

Jack Cackler was accepted to the first class of Discovery Scholars at KAUST, and began studying at KAUST in the fall of 2010, and graduated with a Master's in Chemical and Biological Engineering the following spring. Since graduating, Jack has been working as a consultant for KAUST on the KAUST Nanosatellite Laboratory, a project based on prior research at NASA Ames Research Center with the goal of establishing KAUST as a center for satellite development in the Middle East and the world.

James Calvin

Professor James Calvin is Vice President for Academic Affairs at KAUST. He began his relationship with the University as the Director of one of the KAUST Global Research Partnership Research Centers, the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS) at Texas A&M University. Professor Calvin has since served as a Visiting Professor, Acting Associate Provost and Acting Provost before taking on the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Jan Hesthaven

After receiving his PhD in 1995 from the Technical University of Denmark, Professor Hesthaven joined Brown University where is now Professor of Applied Mathematics, Director of the Center for Computation and Visualization, and Deputy Director of the newly established Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics. His research interests are in the development, analysis, and application of high-order accurate methods for the solution of complex physical time-dependent problems. He has received several awards for both his research and his teaching, and has published 2 monographs and about 100 papers.

Jan Korsgaard

The lecturer is a senior project manager currently engaged as the production manager on the London Array Limited off-shore wind farm in the Thames estuary. He has 25 years plus of international experience in the civil works industry notably with larger projects. He has extensively been working with near shore and off-shore projects like costal protection, windfarm, harbours etc. He has held positions in government, contractors and with designers. Most recent academic achievement is an Executive MBA.

Jane Goodall

In July 1960, at just 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day. Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees. In her talk entitled “Making a Difference,” Dr. Goodall will provide insight into the person behind the globe-trotting international icon: a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world.

Janne Virtapohja


Javier Diez Rutgers

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering Faculty of Thermal Sciences, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, USA Research Experience: Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan , Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Invited Scientist, Sandia National laboratories, Livermore, CA, Graduate Researcher, Saint Louis University, Research under the NASA-JOVE program, Saint Louis University Professional Affiliation: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Physical Society (APS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Jemel Buck


Jessica Bouwmeester

Jessica Bouwmeester is a post-doctoral fellow in the Reef Ecology Lab, Red Sea Research Center

Jianhua Huang

Dr. Jianhua Huang is a professor in Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University and the co-leader of Core II (Deterministic and Statistical Inverse Problems) in the KAUST GRP center at Texas A&M. He is an active researcher in the areas of computational statistics, statistical machine learning, nonparametric and semiparametric methods, spatial statistics, survival analysis, functional and longitudinal data analysis, and statistics applications in business and engineering. Dr. Huang has taught various statistics courses including applied statistics, mathematical statistics, multivariate analysis, nonparametric statistical methods, regression analysis, statistical finance, statistical machine learning, and time series analysis.

Jianhua Lu

Dr. Jia Lu is currently a faculty member in the Geosciences Program at Valdosta State University in the U.S. Before that, she also taught in University of Wisconsin. As a trained city planner, architect, and geographer, Dr. Lu's interests include a variety of topics related to her interests. Her specialties include city and regional planning, geographic information systems (GIS), quantitative analysis, housing, and urban economics. She currently teaches GIS and planning courses. Dr. Lu has over ten years’ experience in GIS, including GIS research at the Ohio State University, GIS applications at the City of Columbus, and GIS instruction at the University of Wisconsin System and Catholic University of America. Besides extensive academic training, Dr. Lu has over ten years’ working experience in government planning and architectural design agencies, including the Ohio Department of Development and Warren County Planning Commission. In addition, Dr. Lu is a frequent speaker at the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers, the Urban and Regional Information System Association, and other international conferences. Her publications include a book the Geography of China, a chapter in the book Cellular Automata Model and Its Application in Planning, and several journal articles in geography and planning. In addition, Dr. Lu has been awarded more than ten grants from various institutions and agencies. In her spare time, Dr. Lu enjoys watercolor painting and travel. Her art works have been published in the Selection of Fine Art Works in Architecture.

Johannaß Krau


John Dennis Liu

John D Liu is an American who has lived in China for more than 30 years. Mr Liu helped to open the CBS News bureau in Beijing at the time of normalisation of relations between the U.S. and China. He also worked as a photo-journalist for Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI Italian Television) and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF German Television). Since the mid-1990's Mr Liu has concentrated on ecological film making and has written, produced and directed films on Grasslands, Deserts, Wetlands, Oceans, Rivers, Urban Development, Atmosphere, Forests, Endangered Animals, Poverty Reductions primarily for EARTH REPORT and LIFE series on the BBC World. In 2003, Mr Liu wrote, produced and directed "Jane Goodall - China Diary" for National Geographic. In 2009, Mr. Liu presented “Hope in a Changing Climate” a film that has won many awards, been shown around the world and translated into several languages. Since 1997 Mr Liu has directed the Environmental Education Media Project, (EEMP) which uses television to deliver ecological, sustainable development and public health messages in China and other countries. Mr Liu was also the driving force in the creation and development of the China Environment and Sustainable Development Reference Centre, the China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN), and the Environmental Education Media Project (Mongolia). Mr Liu is a foreign expert at the International Cultural Exchange Audio/Visual Publishing House, in 2006 Mr. Liu was named the Rothamsted International Fellow for the Communication of Science by the Rothamsted Research Institute. Mr Liu has held Fellowships in the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of the West of England (UWE) and is a PhD candidate at the University of Reading in the UK. Mr. Liu is currently a Senior Research Fellow at IUCN and working with various development agencies including the World Bank, DFID, and various parts of the United Nations, filming and communicating around the world on "Integrated Poverty Eradication and Large-Scale Ecosystem Rehabilitation".

Juma Mzuguno


KAUST Museum


Kazunari Domen

Kazunari Domen received B.S. (1976), M.S. (1979), and Ph.D. (1982) honors in chemistry from the University of Tokyo. He joined Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982 as Assistant Professor and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996. He moved to the University of Tokyo, Department of Chemical System Engineering as Professor in 2004. He is now an associate editor of Chemical Science, Royal Society of Chemistry. He also was an associate editor of Catalysis Today and Chemistry Letters. He received Catalysis Society of Japan Awards 2007. He has published more than 500 original papers and about 100 reviews and accounts in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, especially of water splitting reaction on photocatalysts. Kazunari Domen has been working on overall water splitting reaction on heterogeneous photocatalysts to generate clean and recyclable hydrogen. Domen started investigation on non-oxide type photocatalysts to extend responsible wavelength of light into visible region, and in 2005, he has indeed succeeded in accomplishing overall water splitting under visible light (400 nm<λ<500nm) on a GaN:ZnO solid solution photocatalyst. This is the first reliable and reproducible system for overall water splitting under visible light irradiation on a particulate photocatalyst.

Kelli Griffin

Kelli was founder and captain the Women’s Ultimate team at Salisbury University in the US. She continued to play club level Ultimate on a women’s team in Baltimore after college. She has helped promote Ultimate in the Middle East and North Africa, playing on co-ed teams in Dubai and, currently, in Tunisia.

Kenneth E. Pickering

Dr. Pickering is an atmospheric scientist employed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and works in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory, where he is involved in many modeling and analysis activities. Dr. Pickering’s research focuses on the atmospheric chemistry, transport, and climate effects of tropospheric ozone and its precursors. Dr. Pickering applies data from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) onboard NASA’s Aura satellite for analysis of air quality and production of NOx by lightning, and he directs regional air quality modeling simulations using the CMAQ and WRF-Chem models. Dr. Pickering is also Project Scientist for the NASA DISCOVER-AQ (Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically-Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality) project under which major field experiments are conducted to better understand the linkage between atmospheric trace gas observations from space and surface air quality. He leads other projects aimed at evaluating convective transport in NASA’s global chemical transport model (GMI) and chemistry and climate model (GEOS-5 CCM). Dr. Pickering is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC) at the University of Maryland where he advises graduate student research and collaborates with other faculty members. From 1994 to 2005, Dr. Pickering was a research faculty member in AOSC at the University of Maryland, where he conducted model development and applications on scales ranging from individual convective clouds to regional and global domains. From 1988 to 1994, Dr. Pickering worked for research organizations on-site at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1976 to 1984, he performed air quality modeling for GEOMET, Inc. in Rockville, MD. Dr. Pickering received his Ph. D. in Meteorology from the University of Maryland in 1987, a MS in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1975 and a BS in Meteorology from Rutgers University in 1973.

Kenneth Morse

Ken Morse was a co-founder of six high-tech companies, together with MIT friends and classmates. Five of these ventures had successful IPOs or mergers; one was a disaster. They included 3Com Corporation, Aspen Technology, Inc., a China Trade Company, a biotech venture, and an expert systems company. Ken was either the CEO or responsible for part or all of the Sales organization in each of these new enterprises. During his 4+ years as Managing Director of AspenTech (AZPN) Europe SA/NV, Ken’s team achieved 18 consecutive quarters of on-target sales performance by building close strategic relationships with the leading chemical and pharma companies throughout Europe and The Middle East. He grew the AspenTech EMEA organization from 22 to 200+ employees with basically zero staff turnover, and expanded sales revenue 600% - 900% with key client relationships. In the thirteen years that Ken served as Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center (1996 – 2009), the number of students taking Entrepreneurship Courses increased from 220 to 1,600 per year while the number of professors grew from 3 to over 36. He conceived and led the weeklong MIT Entrepreneurship Development Program, which over the past ten years trained more than 1,000 global entrepreneurs in an intensive on campus executive education program. Ken was named “Education All Star” by “Mass High Tech” magazine, and was a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global Board (2009-2011).

Khalid Al-Saleh

Dr. Khalid Al-Saleh is an associate professor at the Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University. He obtained his PhD from Birmingham University, UK, in 2004. His BSc in industrial engineering was obtained from King Saud University in 1993. His research interests focus on Human Factors Engineering and ergonomics. He published several papers in related journals and conferences. He is currently the director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing program at King Saud University. He is also a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Furthermore, He is a funding-member of the Saudi Inventors Society.

Korneel Rabaey

Professor Korneel Rabaey is faculty member at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, as well as a 10% Senior Research Fellow at the Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland. He received his B.S. (1999), M.S. Bio-Engineering spec. Environmental technology (2001) and PhD (2005) degrees at Ghent University. His PhD was under the supervision of Prof. Willy Verstraete and dealt with the development of microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment. During his PhD, he made several breakthroughs leading to higher power/current production and novel process uses for e.g. sulfur and nitrogen removal. Based on this the concept of Bioelectrochemical Systems (BESs) emerged. After moving to Australia for postdoctoral and later faculty positions he further developed the BESs concept, leading to today's processes for production of caustic, peroxide and biochemicals. Prof Rabaey's current research focuses on bioelectrochemical process and technology development, as well as the fundamental understanding of the interface between microorganisms and polarized surfaces. The latter interaction is not well understood, and is critical towards developing bioelectrochemical processes. Part of his work also focuses on the ecological interactions between members of electroactive communities. Prof. Rabaey has extensive experience in industry related projects and technology development. He has published over 65 papers within this field, attracting over 3,500 citations, and is inventor on 8 patents/patent applications. Presently prof. Rabaey is one of the three faculty within the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (LabMET).

Kristof Unterweger


Lara Kuntz


Largus Angenent

Professor Largus (Lars) Angenent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He got his BS and MS degrees from Wageningen University (Netherlands), his PhD degree from Iowa State University, worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Colorado at Boulder as post-doctoral research associates, and at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Angenent holds a US patent and has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, 7 book chapters, and one book. His recent awards include the Kavli Fellow Award from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the NSF CAREER award from the US National Science Foundation in 2007. Dr. Angenent is entrepreneurial and has started a company. The tenet of his research career has been the study of open cultures of microbial consortia. One of the most important aspects of Dr. Angenent’s work with open-culture systems is that he integrates them within biorefineries. In the biorefinery concept of converting biomass into fuels, the value of each stream is maximized, and therefore streams are not wasted. Rather, all waste streams are converted to additional biofuels, while simultaneously recycling nutrients and water. His open-culture approach, which he calls the “carboxylate platform” in reference to the formed intermediate or end compounds, is integral to biorefineries in that it allows all waste streams, even those formed from traditional single-species systems, to be used.

Laurence Byrne

Marketing & Communications Manager at Safaa Golf Club & Academy. My KAUST birthday in 5th June 2011, the same as my actual birthday

Lena Renken


Leonard Lee


Luke Thompson

Luke Thompson is a SABIC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from MIT and a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Lynden Archer

Lynden Archer is Professor and William C. Hooey Director of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and co-Director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and polymer/particle hybrids and their applications for electrochemical energy storage. Professor Archer is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is the author of over 150 scientific papers and 1 book. Archer received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993 and the bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989. Archer is the receipient of several awards, including the the James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s MAC Centeniell Engineer Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and the Dupont and 3M Young Professor Awards.

Maan Amad

Ma’an Amad is a Senior Research Scientist and the head of the Chromatographic Separation/Mass spectrometry Laboratory at KAUST Analytical Chemistry Core Laboratory. Prior to that, he worked at Boehringer Ingelheim R&D center, Canada, as senior research scientist in the drug discovery group. He has over 10 years experience in the field of analytical chemistry and drug discovery, with a primay focus on mass spectrometry. He received his doctorate in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University in 1999, where his research focused on developing of a protocol high resolution quadrupole mass analyzer to solve the problem of ion interferences in mass spectrometry. He then undertook a post doctoral research position at the University of New Mexico, where was involved in the verification and characterization of Electrospray ionization operating modes. As a senior research scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim R&D center, Canada, he was responsible in the creation and buildup of a drug discovery mass spectrometry group within the Department of biological science. In addition he was acting as a Drug Discovery Project Manager with the responsibility of managing the Drug Metabolism support of major potential new drugs to treat Hepatitis C (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) resulting in two recommended compounds being progressed to development. Author of more than 35 journal and conference papers, Dr. Amad’s research interests are focused in the area of bioanalytical and environmental chemistry. In the area of bioanalytical chemistry and drug discovery, the main objectives of his research are to develop advanced methods and strategies for the detection and characterization of biomarkers and metabolites in biological systems. As for the environmental chemistry, his research interests involve the development and application of innovative analytical techniques to study the presence fate and effects of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines, and personal care products in the environment.

Maaz Gazdar

Maaz Gazdar is a bilingual English-Arabic speaker, who has spent over twenty years in the Middle East including nine years in Saudi Arabia. He has travelled around the world including to nearly two thirds of all Arab countries. The current presentation is a culmination of his travel and research in Saudi Arabia. Maaz Gazdar is not affiliated with any travel or tourist organizations.

Madhavan Swaminathan

Madhavan Swaminathan is the Joseph M. Pettit Professor of Electronics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Interconnect and Packaging Center, Georgia Tech. He is the co-founder of Jacket Micro Devices, a company that specializes in integrated RF modules and substrates for wireless applications (acquired by AVX Corporation) and the founder of E-System Design, a company focusing on the development of CAD tools for achieving signal and power integrity in integrated 3D micro and nano-systems, where he serves as the CTO. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Microsystems Packaging Research Center at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was with IBM working on packaging for supercomputers. He is the author of more than 325 journal and conference publications, holds 22 patents, is the author of 3 books.

Mais Elras


Makha Diop

Makha Diop, Director, African Drumming and Dance ConnectionMakha Diop was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, where he grew up playing djembe, a traditional African drum, and other percussion instruments. He is a passionate and experienced teacher of the African drumming tradition.As a young man, Makha was a member of the Africa Djembe group, a talented group of drummers based on Goree Island, in Senegal.In 2001, Makha was invited to Hong Kong to perform. He stayed and established the African Drumming and Dance Connection, Hong Kongメs only African-owned drumming company. Since 2001, Makha has taught and performed extensively throughout Hong Kong, China and other East Asian countries.

Manos M. Tentzeris

Professor Manos M. Tentzeris is currently a Professor with School of ECE, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. He has published more than 370 papers in refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings, 5 books and 19 book chapters. Dr. Tentzeris has helped develop academic programs in Highly Integrated/Multilayer Packaging for RF and Wireless Applications using ceramic and organic flexible materials, paper-based RFID's and sensors, "Green" electronics and power scavenging, nanotechnology applications in RF, Microwave MEM's, SOP-integrated (UWB, mutliband, conformal) antennas and Adaptive Numerical Electromagnetics (FDTD, MultiResolution Algorithms) and heads the ATHENA research group (20 researchers). He is the Georgia Electronic Design Center Associate Director for RFID/Sensors research, and he has been the Georgia Tech NSF-Packaging Research Center Associate Director for RF Research and the RF Alliance Leader from 2003-2006.

Mansour Almazroui

Dr. Almazroui is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research and the Head of the Department of Meteorology at the Faculty of Meteorology, Environment and Arid Land Agriculture at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Almazroui is also an associate fellow in the CRU (Climatic Research Unit), University of East Anglia, England. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1991 and Master Degree in 1998 from the Department of Meteorology, KAU. He obtained his Ph.D. from CRU in 2006. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “The relationships between atmospheric circulation patterns and surface climatic elements in Saudi Arabia”. Beside lecturing, he is the Departmental head of the Academic Accreditation Committee and the Faculty head of the Internet Committee. The research interests of Dr. Almazroui focus on climate variability and climate change and their effect on the environment, the water resources and the agriculture. He is interested in detecting climate change signals and projecting future climate change in the Middle East using the state-of-the-art Global Climate Models (GCMs) and the Regional Climate Models (RCMs). During his previous studies, he has studied the large-scale climatic circulation patterns affecting the local climate elements and extremes in Saudi Arabia and their relationship with large-scale teleconnections (NAO & ENSO), as well as quality control of the observed meteorological data. Currently, he is the PI for a project focused on the use of the AR4 GCMs scenarios to monitor drought over the Arabian Peninsula. He is also using RCMs to perform climatic sensitivity studies over Saudi Arabia.

Margaret Neal

Margaret A. Neale John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Organizations and Dispute Resolution; Director of the Managing Teams for Innovation and Success Executive Program; Director of the Influence and Negotiation Strategies Executive Program; Codirector of the Executive Program for Women Leaders; Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow for 2011-2012 Margaret Neale's research focuses primarily on negotiation and team performance. Her work has extended judgment and decision-making research from cognitive psychology to the field of negotiation. In particular, she studies cognitive and social processes that produce departures from effective negotiating behavior. Within the context of teams, her work explores aspects of team composition and group process that enhance the ability of teams to share the information necessary for learning and problem solving in both face-to-face and virtual team environments.

Maria Douglass

Maria Douglass is a Senior Technology Portfolio Manager. She comes to KAUST with 15 years experience creating jobs by managing gap funds, building companies and commercializing technologies under Cooperative Treat Reduction programs in the former Soviet Union. She is a former executive at the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Moscow. Also, she has directed a contract research program aboard the Soviet space station "Mir" and managed microfinance investment funds for a prominent NGO. Maria holds a M.S. in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.

Marie Föllmer


Mark Carroll


Martin Schreiber


Menachem Elimelech

Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Professor Elimelech received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989 in Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on membrane separation processes for sustainable production of water and power, environmental applications and implications of nanomaterials, and water and sanitation in developing countries. Professor Elimelech was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and was awarded the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize in 2005.

Mikhail Moshkov

Mikhail Moshkov is professor in MCSE Division at KAUST since October1, 2008. He earned master’s degree from Nizhni Novgorod State University,received his doctorate from Saratov State University, and habilitation fromMoscow State University.From 1977 to 2004, Dr. Moshkov was with Nizhni Novgorod State Uni-versity. Since 2003 he worked in Poland in the Institute of Computer Science,University of Silesia, and since 2006 also in the Katowice Institute of Infor-mation Technologies.His main areas of research are complexity of algorithms, discrete opti-mization, and machine learning. Dr. Moshkov is author or coauthor of fourresearch monographs published by Springer.

Mohamad Omary


Mohamed Abdel-Aal

Mohamed Abdel-Aal is a founding member of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), where he joined the institution during its construction phase in 2008. He is responsible for managing the Digital Experience and Innovation & the "KAUST Smart" program with a primary focus on leveraging technologies, processes, and people to create a "smart" digital experience across the university and city of KAUST. Mohamed had previously managed the University's I.T. infrastructure and research computing, including systems, servers, storage, data center facilities, HPC clusters, and an extensive network that spans the sprawling community and housing facilities. Mohamed oversees strategic digital transformation plans and initiatives, including partnerships and collaborations with leading industry players to utilize KAUST's unique setting as a launchpad and a living lab for pilots and creative concepts. Mohamed holds an MBA and an M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and a B.S. degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

Mohamed Abdelmaboud Sobhy


Moon Kim

Dr. Moon Kim, a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, is the Director of UTD’s Nano-Characterization Facility. Dr. Kim is also an adjunct professor in the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. He currently serves as Director of the FUSION (Future Semiconductor Innovation and Commercialization) consortium and SiWEDS (Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science) Industry University Collaborative Research Center (IU/CRC). Dr. Kim’s expertise includes high resolution electron microscopy, heterogeneous materials integration by wafer bonding, and 3-D functional nanostructure fabrications. He has authored/co-authored over 220 refereed papers and given over 70 invited lectures and seminars. Dr. Kim currently strives in his research to apply nanotechnology to diverse new fields such as nano-fabrication, manipulation, and characterization of materials and devices for nano-electronics, flexible electronics, photovoltaics, nano-medicine, and functional 3D system applications. He also strives to offer opportunities for young people to interact with science a way that is fun and allows them to have hands-on experiences.

Mostafa Zedan


Mshana Mzuguno

Mshana Mzuguno is an artist who has carried on in the tradition of his father, David Mzuguno, the originator of the Mzuguno style of painting.

Muhammad Atiq Siddiqui


Muhammed Al-Jahsh

Muhammad Al-Jahsh is a graduate of the Al-Azhar University. He has extensive experience in teaching Arabic as a second Language. Mr. Muhammad has been giving the Arabic Course for beginners every year since the beginning of WEP. He is a well-known teacher for learners of Arabic as a second language in previous schools in USA, UAE and Egypt.

Mustafa Nabulsi

Mr. Nabulsi graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) as a software engineer. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He has excellent managerial skills which have been acquired throughout his educational and professional life. He organized the first business plan competition in KFUPM which was sponsored by Saudi Aramco and was the head of the media group in the KFUPM computer club. He has also co-lead and supervised the Saudi Robotics Team that participated in the FIRST Lego League Open Asia Competition in Japan. In order to be prepared for his current position at Acadox, Mr. Nabulsi has taken several entrepreneurship and management workshops offered by KFUPM, IEEE, and EPFL university. He is a great asset to Acadox and will use his skills in managing the business side of the company with respect to planning, dealing with stakeholders, managing human resources, and coordinating all the management team activities.

Nasser Alansari


Nathan Collier


Nazir Deiry


Niveen Khashab

Dr. Niveen M. Khashab is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Science and Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at KAUST. She assumed her duties in June 2009.undefinedundefinedDuring her doctoral studies at University of Florida in Gainesville in the United States, Dr. Khashab trained in heterocyclic and medicinal chemistry in the laboratory of Professor Alan R. Katritzky. Her graduate work alone resulted in 45 articles, invited talks and conference proceedings. Moreover, she was the first chemist to report a bezotriazole coupling reagent for microwave-assisted solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). Dr. Khashab helped in organizing the IUPAC Florida Heterocyclic Conferences (Flohet) for five consecutive years. Through her graduate career at Florida, Dr. Khashab was awarded the Crow Award for Organic Chemistry Creativity in 2005 and The Teaching Effectiveness award in 2004.undefinedundefinedDuring her postdoctoral studies at University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) and then at Northwestern University, Dr. Khashab continued her training in Sir Fraser Stoddart’s laboratory, where she worked on designing and making biocompatible mechanized silica nanoparticles for the specific delivery of antitumor drugs to breast cancer tissues. Dr. Khashab’s interests are in programmable microscale robots comprised of nanoscale parts fabricated to nanometer precision. She believes that the ability to direct events in a controlled fashion at the cellular level is the key that will unlock the indefinite extension of human health and the expansion of human abilities.undefinedundefinedIn addition to 27 papers, talks, and conference proceedings during her postdoctoral work, Dr. Khashab co-authored a patent filed at UCLA for controlled drug delivery. She also authored a chapter about Triazol-4-Amine for the Encylopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (EROS), Wiley 2010.undefinedundefinedDr. Khashab began her training as a chemist at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where she graduated in June 2002. Under the supervision of Dr. M. J. Haddadin, she worked on developing new pericyclic reaction and the synthesis of caged complexes as enzyme mimics. She joined the chemistry program at the University of Florida and graduated in 2006 with a doctorate in organic chemistry and a minor in medicinal chemistry.

Noah Desrosiers


Nulati Yesibolati


Omar Ghattas


Omar Knio

Omar Knio is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 from MIT. He held a postdoctoral associate position at MIT, before joining the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 1991. In 2011, he joined the MEMS Department at Duke, where he also serves as Director of the Pratt School of Engineering Initiative on Uncertainty and Risk. O Knio held a visiting professor position at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2001, and at the Université du Havre in 1997. He was visiting lecturer at the Institut für Technische Mechanik in Aachen, Germany, in 1994, and also held visiting scientist positions at Sandia National Laboratories from 1996-2001, and at the Free University in Berlin in 1999 and 2000. O Knio co-founded Reactive NanoTechnologies Inc., in 2001, and has served as its Senior Vice President from 2001-2008. He is the recipient of an Associated Western Universities Faculty Fellowship Award in 1996, a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award in 2003, and an R&D100; Award in 2005. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics and of ISRN Applied Mathematics. He has co-authored over 90 archival journal papers, two books, and is an inventor on 11 patents. O Knio's research interests include uncertainty quantification, computational fluid mechanics, energetic materials, oceanic and atmospheric flows, physical acoustics, chemically-reacting flow, and asymptotic and stochastic techniques.

Pascal Bogaert

Pascal Bogaert, Belgian, obtained a masters degree in the visual arts and a teaching license from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium in 1997. He lived and work in East Africa since 1998 and I am currently the MYP and IB Visual Arts teacher at the International School of Uganda.

Patricia Birkett


Patricia Vickers Rich

Dr. Patricia Vickers Rich is the Founding Director of the Monash Science Centre and Professor of Palaeontology in the School of Geosciences, Monash University in Melbourne.

Paul Bennett

Manager of Graduate Events and Recreation with Graduate Affairs at KAUST.

Paul Lucchese

Director of ANRT/Futuris French national Plat form dedicated to analysis and studies of French system of higher education, research and innovation and benchmarking with international basis. Energy expert at French CEA CEA, Atomic and alternatives energy Commission, Scientific division of CEA-TECH (near 30 years experience in Energy field). Chairman of N.ERGHY and member of the Governing Board of the JU JTI FCH, European Joint technology initiative on Hydrogen HFC, French representative on two International governmental agreements at IPHE (International Partnership on Hydrogen Economy) and executive committee member of HIA of International Energy Agency, Vice-Chair of AFHYPAC French hydrogen association and platform from 2010. Member of expert national committee for the national debate on energy in France (2013). Former CEA Programme Director (2005-2009) of New Technologies for Energy research programmed with a Budget around 80 M€ in 2009, focused on hydrogen and fuel cells, batteries, biofuels and solar energy and project manager (2000-2005). EDUCATION: o Engineer Degree: Ecole Centrale de Paris (1983), nuclear engineering specialty, DEA (equivalent of master) of applied chemistry (1983), Graduate from IHEDATE, institute for territorial studies

Peter Godsafe

Peter Godsafe is the IT Data Center Lead at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). He is responsible for the daily operations of the KAUST data centers. Peter's experience includes working at British Telecom in the UK running large enterprise class data centers.

Peter Otto

Peter Otto holds appointments at UCSD as Technology Director/Music, and Director of Sonic Arts Research & Development/CalIT2. A musician, educator, software and hardware designer, he invented one of the first control surfaces for Digital Audio Workstations, and recently designed advanced spatial/VR audio systems for CalIT2 (StarCave, HIPerwall and others). Facilities credits include CalIT2's SpatLab, CalIT2's Digital Cinema Theatres, and new acoustical rooms, systems and studios at UCSD Music's Prebys Music Center. Research projects include high-definition multi-channel audio streaming and production systems with CineGrid, an industry/academic digital cinema consortium, and new applications for communications and immersive sound using Wave Field arrays. Otto has designed and written numerous spatial audio software packages, including binaural and multi-channel design and imaging applications.

Peter Trusler

Peter Trusler is a graduate student in geology at Monash University and the artist who has rendered the art work to be presented at this Winter Enhancement Program. He has been painting since he was 14 and also finished his undergraduate degree at Monash University in Zoology. He is not only a brilliant artist but likewise a superb anatomist and has a lifelong interest in birds.

Philip K.Maini

Philip Maini received his B.A. in mathematics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1982 and his DPhil in 1985 under the supervision of Prof J.D. Murray, FRS. In 1988 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City for two years, before returning to Oxford, initially as a University Lecturer and then as Professor and Director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology. He is currently on the editorial boards of a large number of journals, including serving as the editor-in-chief for the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. He has also been an elected member of the Boards of the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) and European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMBTB).His research projects include the modelling of avascular and vascular tumours, normal and abnormal wound healing, bacterial chemotaxis, and pattern formation. He has over 300 publications in the field. He was Distinguished Foreign Visiting Fellow, Hokkaido University (2002). He co-authored a Bellman Prize winning paper (1997), was awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship for 2001-2 and a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award (2006-11). In 2005 he was elected Honorary Guest Professor, University of Electronic Science Science and Technology of China, Chengdu. In2006 appointed to a 3-year Adjunct Professorship at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, while in 2010 he was appointed to a 3-year Adjunct Professorship at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand, and also appointed as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa.In 2009 he was awarded the LMS Naylor Prize and Lectureship.

Piet Lens

Prof.Dr.ir. Lens is professor of Environmental Biotechnology at the Pollution Prevention and Control core of the Department of Enivronmental Resources of UNESCO-IHE. Previously, he was on the faculty of the Sub-Department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University (1999-2006), where he still has a zero nomination. He has also held visiting faculty appointments at the Universities of Louvain La Neuve (UCL) and Leuven (KUL). Prof. Lens trained in Environmental Sanitation, then obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University Gent (Belgium). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Review Journal “Re/Views in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology” and founding editor of the IWA Publishing series “Integrated Environmental Technology”. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals Biodegradation, Environmental Technology and Bioresource Technology. He is actively involved in a variety of scientific organizations (International Water Association and European Federation of Biotechnology), funding agencies (NWO, FWO, Irish EPA, EU), and European networks (Biomine, SOWACOR, SWITCH and CAREX). His research focuses on biofilms, sulfur biotechnology, metal speciation, bioavailability and removal, natural treatment systems, anaerobic wastewater and waste gas treatment for resource recovery and reuse. He is the initiator of the Marie Curie Training Site “Sulfur and Metals – HEMEP”, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programme “Environmental Technologies for Contaminated Soils, Sediments and Solid Waste (ETECOS3)” and the Erasmus Mundus Master Course “International Master of Science in Environmental Technology (IMETE)”. He has (co-)authored over 210 scientific publications and edited eight book volumes. Besides innovative research, he is also a leader in education and capacity-building, organising many study-days, conferences, summer schools and short courses. His awards include the IWA Publishing Award (2002), a Marie Curie Excellence Grant (2004) and a nomination as IWA fellow (2010).

Prince Xavier

Dr. Prince Xavier is a computational chemist/scientist in molecular chemistry with more than 24 years of research experience in academia and in industry. His research interests are in the areas of computational chemistry, theoretical organic chemistry, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, chemogenomics and molecular modeling. Dr. Xavier makes use of computational methods and models for the design of novel materials/catalysts, thermodynamic and kinetic profiling of organic and polymerization reactions, understanding the catalytic behaviour of enzymes and in designing/optimizing new molecules that could lead to medicines/therapeutic agents (computer-aided drug design), by the application of molecular mechanics, density functional theory (DFT), ab initio quantum mechanical and semi-empirical quantum mechanical methods. Dr. Xavier hails from Cochin, India. Read more about him at his LinkedIn profile: http://linkedin.com/in/cochinprince Favorite Quote: When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift... thrown away... Life is not a race, do take it slower... hear the music... before the song is over!

Quang Bao

Quang Bao was born in Can Tho, Vietnam. He came to the US when he was six years old. He studied English literature, writing and arts management at Boston University and Columbia University. He has written reviews, fiction and nonfiction for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio and The International Herald Tribune, edited anthologies on writing and visual art and currently collaborating on an art book and exhibition with Romanian artist Dimitru Gorzo, to be showcased in March, 2012. He is writing his first theatrical production entitled "Miss.” His favorite writing job ever was the year he spent writing an advice column for a California newspaper.

Rachid Sougrat

Rachid Sougrat commissioned and maintains bio imaging equipments, including FEI Titan Krios, Titan CT, Tecnai 12, Vitrobots, High pressure freezing device etc. He serve's as program coordinator, that includes interfacing with new users, helping them to define their project, scheduling and assisting with user training. Providing training to new technical staffs. Monitoring the performance of equipment, and explore the capabilities of the state-of-the-art instrumentation. Providing strong support in both technical (data acquisition) and scientific (data interpretation) to KAUST users. Developing experimental processes and procedures to meet specific user needs.

Raul Tempone


Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen is a PhD student in the Earth Sciences and Engineering program at Kaust, and is studying subsurface fluid modeling. Her interests outside of research include art, and she developed an interest in pencil drawing during her highschool art classes.

Recreation Department


Regis Cottereau

Dr. Régis Cottereau is a CNRS Research Associate at the LMSSMat laboratory at École Centrale Paris, France. He received an engineering diploma from both École Centrale Paris, France, and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, in 2002 and received his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from École Centrale Paris in 2007. He was then a post-doctoral research associate at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France, and at the Laboratori de Càlcul Numèric (LaCàN) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. His areas of expertise are concerned with the development of stochastic methods for computational mechanics, in particular, for the validation of physico-mathematical models and the development of numerical methods for the verification of finite element approximations.

Robert Swan

Robert Charles Swan, OBE, FRGS is the first explorer to have gone to both Poles. He is currently an advocate for the protection of Antarctica and renewable energy. Swan is also the president of 2041, a company that is dedicated to the preservation of the Antarctic and the author with Gil Reavill of Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth's Last Wilderness. His contributions to both education and the environment have been recognized through his appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth. In 1994 he became Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1995. During 2003 Robert and his company, 2041, delivered the first corporate Antarctic Expeditions on teamwork and leadership through positive participation and real missions. Throughout these five years, the ‘Inspire Antarctic Expeditions’ (IAE) teams have helped design and build the world’s first education station (The E-Base) in Antarctica.Robert Swan has an extraordinary ability to inspire those around him into action. His presentations continue to thrill, uplift and stimulate audiences worldwide.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer is an experimental particle physicist and the Director General of CERN since 2009.undefinedundefinedHe obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. Most of his scientific work has focused on the study of electron-positron reactions, the development of experimental techniques, as well as the construction and operation of large detector systems. From 1984 to 1998, Prof. Heuer was a staff member at CERN, working for the OPAL experiment at the electron-positron storage ring LEP. During his 15 years at CERN Prof. Heuer occupied the highest managerial positions in the OPAL experiment and was the OPAL's spokesperson in 1994-1998. In 1998, Rolf-Dieter Heuer was appointed to a chair at the University of Hamburg. Then, he set up a working group to prepare experiments at an electron-positron Linear Collider that quickly became one of the leading groups in this field worldwide. From 2004 to 2008, Prof. Heuer was research director for particle and astroparticle physics at the DESY laboratory, a member of the Helmholtz association. Prof. Heuer has been a member of many scientific committees and advisory bodies where he has acquired a great deal of expertise in reviewing projects as well as in assessing and promoting people.

Sambit Sahu

Dr. Sahu has been a research staff member at IBM since 2000. Dr. Sahu received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After joining IBM Research, Dr. Sahu has focused on systems and network services management, content distribution network and data center networking and more recently on cloud computing and smarter planet solutions. He has led a team of researchers and engineers to develop Smarter Water and Smarter Energy solutions and analytics on Cloud platforms for citywide deployments. Dr. Sahu has more than 50 technical papers and 60 patents filed in these areas. He is the founding chair of Usenix/ACM HotCloud workshop which has been well received in the Cloud/Systems community. Dr. Sahu has a best paper award at ACM Internet Measurement Conference 2006. Dr. Sahu teaches a graduate level course on Cloud Computing at Columbia University as an adjunct Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science.

Sami Bashir


Samia Falimban


Saud Shaker Khan

Calligrapher. • Graphic Design Photoshop. • Member of The Arabic Calligraphy Association in Cairo. • Member of Arts And Culture Association in Jeddah. • Member of The House Of Fine Arts (Tassamy Visual Arts Centre in Jeddah). • Member of The Fine Arts Society in The Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah. • Director of Arabic Calligraphy club of Tassamy Visual Arts Centre in Jeddah. Activities And Exhibitions • Final exhibition for Culture and Arts Society in Jeddah in 2007. • Gallery in Coral Beach (Ramadaniat) in Jeddah, 2008 • Art Gallery of the Kingdom in Jeddah, 2008 • Exhibition of the Conference of Arab media in Jeddah 2009 • The National Day Gallery in the house of art in Jeddah, 2008 • Cultural Week of the Kingdom in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and 2008. • Exhibition of the Kingdom in the cultural week in Yemen, 2008. • Ambassador competition in 2009 • The creative feather competition in Jeddah, 2009 • The competition to beautify Holy Mecca, 2009 • Participate in the implementation of the largest mural Mecca in 2009 • The competition Hijaziat 1 in Jeddah, 2009 • Festival (Our product in your hands) for disabled children and a workshop for Arabic calligraphy in Jeddah Mall 2009 • Festival (Our product in your hands) for disabled children in Sultan Mall 2009 • Exhibition of the Kingdom in the cultural week in Argentina, 2009 • Festival (Kashkulyat) in Red Sea Mall, 2009 • Gallery Hijaziat 1 in the Red Sea Mall, 2009 • Workshop of Arabic calligraphy in Hiraa Mall associated with the festival of children with disabilities, 2009 • Exhibition Letter and Color of Arabic calligraphy at the University of Umm Al-Qura in Mecca 2010 • Exhibition Letter and Color in Tasami center in Jeddah, 2010 • The activities of the Saudi cultural days in Kazakhstan with the Ministry of Information. 2011 • The activities of the Saudi cultural days in Turkmenistan with the Ministry of Information. 2011 • First place in the international competition to Beautify Mecca, 2010 • Festival (Janadriyah 26th) Calligraphy Workshop, 2011 • Book Fair in the city of Prague with a delegation of Ministry of Information, 2011 • Summer Workshop with Saudi Aramco in Arab Mall 2011.

Scott Herrington


Sean Licciardi


Serge Prudhomme

Dr. Serge Prudhomme is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France, in 1991 with a Diploma of Engineering and from the University of Virginia in 1992 with a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 1999 from UT Austin. He has published about 50 refereed articles and book chapters in scientific international journals. His area of expertise includes the Finite Element Method and Numerical Analysis with applications to fluid and solid mechanics

Shen Lin


Sid Samtaney

My full name is Siddharth Samtaney. I am currently a student in 11th grade at the Harbor Secondary School in KAUST. I am an accomplished athlete as well as aspiring herpetologist. I have been interested in reptiles and amphibians ever since I can remember. I started catching wild reptiles and amphibians since I was in kindergarten and realized that Herpetology was what I wanted to pursue when I hit 4th grade. Ideveloped a particular interest in snakes in fifth grade. Since then I have had countless pet snakes (wild caught and captive bred), snake bites, read countless herpetology books, have been to many reptile shows, and gained some great information from my learning experiences. I have also volunteered at the NJ Audobon Society nature center taking care of the center's reptiles and other animals. I have worked with naturalists and received hands-on training with wild animals.

Siraj Reda Allaf

DOB: 1980 Electrical & Computer Engineer Master Degree Student @ KAU Working in Saudi Electricity company. Learned Arabic Calligraphy from his teacher Ibrahim Al Arrafi. Studied and practiced Arabic calligraphy for more than 17 years. Taken the certificate of Proficiency (Al Egazah) in Arabic Calligraphy from Mr. Al Arrafi. Taken the First position in kingdom competition. Participated in many local and international exhibitions. Co founder of Hrofiat.com (a website for Arabic Calligraphy tools and courses)

Sonja Eibel


Soo Hong Chew

Chew Soo Hong is professor at NUS’ Department of Economics and Department of Finance and an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Chew received his Ph.D. (interdisciplinary studies) from the University of British Columbia in the areas of mathematics, economics, and management science, and his thesis won the Leonard J. Savage Prize awarded by the Econometric Society. He has previously taught at the University of California, Irvine; Johns Hopkins University; and University of Arizona. Professor Chew’s research interests include decision theory and biological economics, encompassing both behavioral economics and experimental economics. He has published in well regarded journals including Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. His recent research in biological economics has been published in more biology oriented journals such as Proceeding of the Royal Society B, Neuron, and PLoS ONE

Steven Gal

Steven Gal is a career entrepreneur, an educator of entrepreneurs, and an advisor to early stage companies. Steven is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and at the Rady School of Management at UCSD, where he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation across the MBA programs. He is also a co-founder of uberfood - a local San Diego food business. Steven’s career as a technology entrepreneur began in 1994, when as a professor in the Entrepreneur Program at USC's Marshall School of Business, the advent of the commercial Internet drew he and many of his students into the startup world. Over almost 20 years, he has founded, funded, built and/or turned around six technology companies as an operating executive, participating in over $100 million in venture financings, multiple sales and an IPO, while serving on multiple for-profit and not-for-profit boards, and has been an angel investor and advisor to entrepreneurs and their companies. Steven holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Southern California School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where he serves on Cornell University Council and as Chair of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory council.

Suliman Almandeel

Managing Director of Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG)

Susanne Hogger


Suzana Nunes

Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering

Tamer Shahin

Tamer Shahin is Prototyping Lead Engineer at KAUST.

Tamimi Catering


Tareq Alnaffouri


Terence Mcelwee


Tim Palmer

Professor Tim Palmer is a Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics at Oxford University. His PhD from Oxford was in general relativity theory after which he moved into meteorology and climatology, spending time at the UK Met Office, the University of Washington, and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts. Professor Palmer's research spans a number of areas related to the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate. He has won a number of prizes nationally and internationally, including the American Meteorological Society's top award, the Carl Gustav Rossby Medal. Professor Palmer has coordinated two European Union climate prediction projects, chaired the Scientific Steering Group of the World Climate Research Programme's CLIVAR Project and has contributed to all five IPCC WG1 assessment reports, as contributing author, lead author, and review editor.

Tim Rich

Mr Tim Rich is a fossil technician working on preparing fossils from Australia that are over 100 million years old and will be in charge of the casting operation (each student will go away with their own fossil collection!). He is working on a PhD in politics at Monash University in Melbourne with his interest in the Middle East. He enjoys, as a hobby, constructing and painting models and has been involved in field expeditions in South America, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

Tom Pringle

Tom Pringle (AKA Dr. Bunhead) has been a globe-trotting, freelance science communicator for over 20 years and is internationally renowned as a pioneer of performance-science shows and immersive training programs. He has performed on TV (Brainiac, Blue Peter, etc.) and in theatres and schools across 30 countries. He has trained thousands of people (including scientists, students, teachers, technicians & science presenters) in many languages and cultures, across all six inhabited continents. Occasionally, he writes for the press, educational journals, and books. Tom embraces science, education, physical theatre, dance, puppetry, and applied improvisation to deliver innovative and impactful science communication and CPD for school teachers and academics.

Tom Rich

Dr Tom Rich is curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. He has led expeditions around the world, in the Antarctic, in North America, in Australia, and taken part in expeditions in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He is interested in fossil mammals, especially those that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, the Mesozoic. He has written many books.

Urs Weidmann

Professional career: Research in synthetic fuels at PSI Switzerland. 12 years in banking financing start-up companies. Finally 6 years member of the Executive Management Board of UBS AG the largest bank of Switzerland. Responsible among others for start-up companies and venture capital.Last project: The same management team that realises the project Silent-Power has just finished the development of a new air conditioner which saves 85 Percent of the electricity consumtion. The development cost 40 million USD. Three months ago the project has been granted the prestigious Swiss Innovation Award (beeing awarded continously for more than 30 years) as the best technical idea in 2011. (www.air-on.ch)

Venkatachalam Ramaswam

Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy is Director of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) located in Princeton (New Jersey). He also holds the rank of Professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Department of Geosciences, and Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University. Ram received his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany and was a Fellow in the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (Colorado) prior to joining GFDL in 1986, where he has been Director since 2008. Ram’s research has focused on atmospheric physics and numerical modeling of the climate system, ranging from understanding of the mechanisms governing forcings and feedbacks in the system to modeling climate variations and change due to greenhouse gases, aerosols and clouds. This has included the use of observations together with models to diagnose the roles of different factors in climate change. Ram has been a Coordinating Lead Author on the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Ozone Assessments and US Global Climate Research Program Assessments. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a recipient of its Henry Houghton Award. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional and is a two-time recipient of the WMO Norbert-Gerbier MUMM International Award.

Weinzierl Tobias


Wendy Keyes

Wendy Williams Keyes grew up in Greater Boston and graduated with a degree in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has taught violin and viola and performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Arietta String Trio, the Virginia Symphony, and most recently as principal violist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (of New York City). Her proficiency with regional genres has been developed through Simon Shaheen’s annual Arabic Music Retreat. Wendy’s viola is made by Luis and Clark, a Boston-based firm specializing in carbon fiber string instruments.

WEP Film Festival


WEP Team

WEP team

William Koros

William J. Koros—Roberto C. Goizueta Chair in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA USA. Dr.Koros is a global leader in the area of technology-enabled energy efficiency for large scale chemical-related industries. He was selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to deliver the Institute Lecture covering these themes at the 2011 National meeting in October. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of many international awards, he has published more than 300 articles and holds 14 US Patents. He is also one of 12 KAUST Investigators selected worldwide to help launch the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia that focuses on solving key problems facing mankind. http://www.chbe.gatech.edu/faculty/koros.php http://koros.chbe.gatech.edu/

William Roundell

William Rundell is Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M University. He has won both college and university teaching awards and is well known for his research on inverse problems for partial differential equations; a subject with absolutely no overlap with the course material. He served for over a decade as Department Head in what is probably the largest single academic unit in the US with over 120 permanent faculty, and a four year term as Director of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

Wolfgang Schiele


Xi Li


Xi-Zhi Niu


Xuyuan (Emmy) Peng


Yin Liang


Yugong Kuang

Mr. Yuhong Kuang was a violinist with the Chinese Film Philharmonic for more than 20 years. He also was selected as the Principal Second Violin for Beijing Opera Troupe during 1970’s. From 1994-2000, Mr. Yuhong Kuang joined the Cristofori Music School of Singapore as a senior violin instructor. After emigrating to Canada in 2000, he formed his own music studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, and continued his music career in teaching violin, viola and piano. Mr. Kuang started to learn piano at the age of 4 with Professor Li Cui-Zhen. When he was 6 years old, he took violin lessons with the Italian violinist and conductor Arrigo Foa. When he was 15, he studied with Chen You-Xin, a renowned violinist and professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the age of 18, he entered the reputable Shanghai Conservatory of Music to further his studies. 6 years later he graduated with double majors in violin and viola. Currently, Mr. Kuang is a member of the Chinese Musician Association, the highest honor institution of music in China. His name was collected in the Chinese Modern Artist Dictionary in 1994.

Zahi Hawass

Zahi Hawass is a world-reknowned Egyptian archaeologist. He served as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara and the Bahariya Oasis. Dr. Hawass is responsible for many exciting recent discoveries, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza, the satellite pyramid of Khufu, the Valley of the Golden Mummies, the tombs of the governor of Bahariya in the town of El-Bawiti, the tomb of the physician Qar, and the rediscovery of the “headless pyramid” at Saqqara around the pyramid of Teti. He led an Egyptian team in the examination of the mystery of King Tut’s mummy through the use of a CT-scan. He has carried out a major conservation project on the Great Sphinx and developed site management plans for a number of important sites, including the Unfinished Obelisk Quarry in Aswan and the temples of Kom Ombo, Edfu and Dendera. Currently, he is completing site management plans for the West Bank of Luxor, Giza, and Saqqara. Dr. Hawass has lectured on these discoveries all over the world in front of large audiences, including kings, queens, the general public, and media.Over the course of his long career, Dr. Hawass has received numerous awards and honors. Website:http://www.drhawass.com/