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Abdullah Aljoud

Abdullah Aljoud is a Saudi Arabian long-distance runner. He holds the national record for the half-marathon and was placed number 48 worldwide for the half-marathon distance. He competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games for the Men’s 5000 meters and he also qualified for the world championships. He was coached by Ian Wilson when he started running at the age of 27 and was able to make it to the Olympics at the age of 37. He also lead Joud Running Club in Aramco.

Abdullatif Al Othman

. Eng. Abdullatif Ahmed Al Othman, Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. He was appointed as Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority on the May18, 2012. Prior to assuming this role, H.E. Al Othman spent more than three decades at Saudi Aramco in various distinctive leadership and executive positions. His tenure with Saudi Aramco allowed him extensive experience in the fields of engineering, project management, planning, marketing, public relations and finance. Throughout his career, H.E. Al Othman was known for his building institutional excellence through developing and promoting human capital, institutional knowledge and cultivating teamwork. 

Abdulrahman Aljiffry

Abdulrahman AlJiffry supports a diverse portfolio of technology start-ups ranging from consumer electronics to education to clean tech in his capacity as part of the New Ventures team at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). Abdulrahman helped found KAUSTメs accelerator program during the early days of the Entrepreneurship Center and supported the KAUSTメs entrepreneurial efforts. KAUST was named as the best Higher Education Institution Supporting Entrepreneurship in the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship Summit December 2012 only 18months after the founding of the Entrepreneurship Center. During his time in KAUST, Abdulrahman created several initiatives including the Technology Angel Summit and Graduate Business Workshop that are at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Before joining KAUST, Abdulrahman worked at Prince Sultan College where he was responsible for the institutionメs academic assessment and accreditation. Education: Abdulrahman received his BSc in Industrial Systems Engineering from King Abdulaziz University and his MBA from AlFaisal University.

Ahmed Harb

Ahmed Harb is a KAUST graduate currently working with Saudi Aramco. He started his running career since 7th grade; he placed third over the state of Texas at the high school level for the 2 miles distance. He joined the University of Houston track team during his bachelor degree and managed to finish at top 20 at the Conference USA Cross Country Championships. In 2013, he led the team in an international event in Bahrain and managed with his team to finish 1st overall at 48 km distance.

Alain Clo

from HPC - Research Computing to Economic Development in Saudi Arabia. Current : Computational Scientist at Research Computing at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Previous : as a Sales Development Director at Sun Microsystems, Convex and Kendall Square Research; as an HPC Specialist at INRIA; as a Geophysicist at Schlumberger and Total. Education: Post Msc : Specialization, Geophysics and Parallel Computing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alan Robock

Alan Robock is a climate scientist from the United States. He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He advocates nuclear disarmament and has met with Fidel Castro during a lecture trip to Cuba discuss the dangers of nuclear weapons. Prof. Robock has published more than 370 articles on his research in the area of climate change, including more than 220 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, and soil moisture. He serves as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics, the most highly-cited journal in the Earth Sciences. Prof. Robock was a Lead Author of the 2013 Working Group 1 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007).

Alex Lockwood

Alex Lockwood works with researchers to share their science with the community and the general public, through various mediums including written communication, in-person speaking forums, and video highlights. She runs the KAUST Discovery website as well as the monthly SciCafe series. Alex has interviewed dozens of researchers for a YouTube show called PhDetours and starred in a movie about graduate school, The PhD Movie, and also its recently released sequel. She received her PhD from Caltech in Planetary Science in 2014.

Ali Diop

From Senegal, West Africa, Alboury Diop has been playing drums from a young
age. Born into a community of drummers and dancers, Alboury was surrounded
by the rich musical traditions of Senegal in his everyday life.
Part of the Africa Djembe Group, Alboury regularly plays at festivals and for
dignitaries and famous visitors to his hometown. He has performed at various
festivals and events around Senegal, Morocco and Italy and in 2010 till 2014 he
worked with the pioneering drumming group (African Drumming And Dance
Connection) in Hong Kong. He also had the opportunity to perform for the likes
of President Obama when he visited his hometown Goree Island‐Senegal.
Currently Alboury is in Senegal working as bandleader for (Africa Djembe group)
performing and running workshops for international students.

Ali Outa

Five years of experience in Oil & Gas particularly in Research & Development, Asset Integrity and Inspection. Primary focus is in Mechanical Product Design, Robotics, Rapid Prototyping and Intelligent Systems.

Amal Dokhan

Amal is a design thinker and a passionate professional in creating customer centric experiences. She guides established corporates and startups to create innovation & commercialization opportunities through customer focused creative solutions. Amal offers multiple workshops and lectures on Design Thinking following the Stanford D-School methodology and applying IDEO’s practical learning’s as she has experienced it in Stanford with an adaptation to the local market and a customized offering for the organization requirements and needs.

Throughout her career Amal gained a diversified range of experience in management and marketing related roles particularly in education and consultancy. Currently, Amal is part of the Entrepreneurship Center in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in a number of roles including the New Ventures Accelerator & Hikma IP Startup Accelerator & REVelate Corporate Innovation program. Amal is also an entrepreneur, who started her own businesses, She was part of a joint venture with a startup in Dubai focused on creating media and production services for clients like Starcom Dubai, Yahoo Dubai and many others. 

Amr Atiah

Education: MBA – Leadership Studies – Baker College – Flint, Michigan B.S. – Electrical/Computer Engineering – Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Experience: Saudi Aramco (9 Years in Ras Tanura Refinery): Instrumentation & Process Control Engineer Foreman of Instrumentation & Electrical technicians; Saudi Aramco (18-month Internship Assignment) with Emerson Process Management in Houston, TX. KAUST: Control Systems Lead – Engineering & Project Management. KAUST: Manager, Operations & Sustainability. KAUST: Acting Director, Campus Support Department

Amr Banaja

Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr Banaja leads the SEDCO Holding's marketing, corporate communications and CSR programs which includes the Riyali Financial Literacy Program targeted at reaching over 2 million Saudi Youth by 2020. He joined SEDCO Holding in 2011, having been VP Marketing & Communication at SEDCO Development, a SEDCO Holding operating company from 2010. He currently serves on the Board of Tarfeeh a SEDCO Holding owned company focusing on the casual dining market in Saudi. He is also a board member of Oqal, a non profit organization that aims at bringing together young business entrepreneurs together with angel investors. Amr is also currently the deputy head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee for the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce. Before joining SEDCO, Mr. Banaja partnered with Seventh Art Group, the New York based real estate service provider, to launch its Middle East office in Dubai, successfully leading a number of projects. He has a diverse career across the real estate, financial services and consumer goods sectors, with earlier experience includes senior positions across the GCC region at SAMA Dubai, the National Commercial Bank (Investor Services Division), Unilever, and Gillette. Mr Banaja is a BA graduate from Boston College, USA, majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics.

Anastasia Khrenova

Anastasia Khrenova was born in Moscow, Russia. She earned a Master’s degree with distinction in Psychology from Moscow State University and started her Ph.D., but then her passion and career shifted to design, illustration, and photography. Her work has been published in a wide spectrum of periodicals, from «Nature» to «Vogue». With more than 10 years intensive experience as a photographer, Anastasia has created more than 1000 scientific photographs.

Anne Carlijn Alderkamp

Dr. Alderkamp obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. She worked the last nine years as a post-doc and research associate at Stanford University. Recently, she started teaching undergraduate students at Foothill-De Anza community college. As a marine biologist and biological oceanographer, Dr. Alderkamp studies how the physiological properties of marine microorganisms affect marine ecosystems. Her most recent research focuses on Antarctic ecosystems, where climate change related glacier melt affects the environmental conditions for marine phytoplankton.

April Bailey

Creative media professional with 11+ years experience producing audiovisual content and 8+ years managing AV media production for scientific documentation at the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD, she instructed university multimedia classes, managed university computer science and video production staff and students to create interactive software and audio-video for web projects developed for education outreach. Now she is working as a digital media production engineer developing video content for researchers at KAUST.

Arts Office

The mission of the Arts Office is to provide the KAUST community with academic year-round arts programming of quality and diversity, while maintaining sensitivity to our host culture. Artistic events aim to be sufficiently inclusive such that every member of the KAUST community is motivated to participate, at least as a spectator, in several events per year

Aun Mela

Aun Mela is currently working as a clean energy analyst in the renewable energy department of Saudi Aramco. In addition to working as a full time employee in Aramco, he is also pursuing an MSc in sustainable electrical energy from Georgia Tech and expecting to graduate from the program in September this year. He joined Saudi Aramco in October 2011, after finishing his first Masters in electrical engineering from KAUST.

Barbara Mazzolai

Barbara Mazzolai is Director of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT, Italian Institute of Technology) and Deputy Director at IIT delegate to the Supervision and Organization of IIT Centers Network. She holds an MSc cum laude (1995) in Biology at the University of Pisa and a PhD in Microsystems Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). In 2010 she received the "Marisa Bellisario" Award for her scientific and management activities in the EU DustBot project for improving the urban hygiene. In 2013 she was awarded the Medal of the Senate of the Italian Republic for her scientific activities in biomimetics and biorobotics. She was Project Manager of the FET-Proactive OCTOPUS European Project and the Coordinator of the PLANTOID FET-Open European Project. She is Editor for the Bioinspired Materials Journal; Associate Editor for the Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, and for the Journal of Frontiers in Bionics and Biomimetics. She is Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Soft Robotics and of the Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Journal. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Muse, Science Museum, in Trento, Italy. Her current scientific activity focuses on bioinspired soft robotics and biomimetics.

Bianca Basso

Bianca has a degree in Astronomy from UT Austin, USA. She specialized in instrumentation and participated in the building of the infrared spectroscope TEXES, used on the 2.7-meter H.J. Smith Telescope at McDonald Observatory, West Texas, and Hawaiiメs Mauna Kea on NASA IR-Telescope Facility. She worked in stellar evolution as a research scientist at the University Sergio Arboleda in Bogota, Colombia. BB has experience conducting stargazing trips, including one during WEP 2013.

Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes was Managing Director, Citibank Europe plc (CEP) from 2000 until the end of 2013. He was the architect and founder of Citi's first innovation lab (originally named RDiL) and was also a member of Citi's Global Innovation Council based in NY. During his time at Citi, he had extensive senior P+L leadership roles as Treasurer, Senior Corporate Finance Officer and as MD of the Global Transaction Services businesses. Following his departure from Citi, he set up RDiL Labs at the Dublin City University (DCU) Innovation Campus. RDiL works with a number of start-up companies who are looking to develop and scale new technologies. Brian also undertakes various innovation projects, business consulting, senior executive coaching and training program as well as working closely with DCU as an enterprise innovation advisor. He was Chairman of the DCU Educational Trust (the funding body for the university) for 8 years. He was appointed by the Irish Government to an advisory board tasked with prioritizing state funding for research and he also chairs a Government funded governance, risk and compliance technology center. He is a member of the US based Keiretsu angel network which funds new ventures. Education: Brian has an MSc in Investment and Treasury (MIT) from DCU, C. Dip A.F. from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and an IIMR associate. 

Brian Parrott

Brian is a Research Scientist with Saudi Aramco, where he's worked since 2012. He is working on the Intelligent Systems team, which has graduated four robotics-related projects since being formed in 2012. Brian has a BSc ‘10 in Biology, during which he conducted research on an EMG-controlled upper-body, robotic exoskeleton. He also has a MSc, '11, from KAUST in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He has been granted 7 patents by the USPTO and is the author of 4 journal articles in addition to receiving multiple awards for his work on the Intelligent Systems team in Aramco.


Brinda Sarathy

Brinda Sarathy is Associate Professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and the Director of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. She is the author of two books and several articles on society and the environment, including natural resource management, labor, and environmental justice. Sarathy focuses on issues of environmental justice, particularly in cases of community mobilization around toxic waste.

Carlos Duarte

Professor Carlos M. Duarte holds the Tarek Ahmed JuffaliChair in Marine Biology with the Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) at KAUST. Duarte received his Ph.D. from McGill University, Canada, in 1987. His research focuses on understanding the effects of global change, including climate change as well as other global-scale impacts of human activity, in marine ecosystems, which he has studied across the world. Duarte has conducted over 15 polar expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Carol Khadra

Professional experiences: EMCOR, KAUST Campus External Areas Manager; Lusail Nursery Operations Manager, Qatar; Landscape Project Manager, Nursery Manager, Qatar; Hydrelec (Water Engineering & Contracting) Technical Engineer, Lebanon. Education: Masters in plant biotechnology

Carolina Sanin

Carolina Sanín obtained her PhD in Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University, where she specialized in Medieval Spanish Literature. She has taught at State University of New York – Purchase College, and at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), where she is an Associate Professor of Literature. She is the author of two novels ('Los niños' and 'Todo en otra parte'), two collections of short stories ('Yosoyu' and 'Ponqué y otros cuentos'), a children’s book ('Dalia'), and a biographical essay.

Casey Zakroff

Casey Zakroff is a KAUST Alumni and current PhD student, and NSF graduate fellow, at MIT/WHOI researching the impacts of ocean acidification on squid. He studies the effects of stress on the physiology and ecology of ocean invertebrates with active experimentation ranging in scope from molecular analyses and developmental studies to behavioral work. Casey is also an avid science communicator and works to engage the public with science through novel media, such as YouTube, podcasting, and comics.

Christian Pauyac

I'm currently a PhD student in the materials science & engineering department working under the supervision of Prof. Aurelien Manchon. I've spent my free times developing websites. I started doing them since I was in high school. Therefore I have a good historical knowledge of the evolution of web-programming and I'd like to share it with the KAUST community.

David Hart

David has spent 24 years in the Royal Marines, including 20 years as a physical training instructor, before becoming a World Challenge Expedition Leader in 2008. David has worked on a wide range of expeditions across the world, drawing on his experience of operating in all kinds of extreme environments as a Marine.

David Keyes

Professor Keyes is the director of the Extreme Computing Research Center at KAUST. He earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1978 and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984. Prof Keyes works at the interface between parallel computing and the numerical analysis of partial differential equations. Before joining KAUST as a founding dean in 2009, he led DOE scalable solver software projects and taught at Columbia University and Yale.

Dhafer Alsalah

I grew up in the south of Saudi in a small village named Rejla. As I grew older, I learned more about our surroundings and was fascinated by the environment. I joined KAUST in 2013 to continue my studies as environmental researcher. Now, I'm working as a researcher at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology where I apply my knowledge and harvest.

Edrisse Chermak

Edrisse Chermak works as a research scientist at SABIC. He joined KAUST in 2012 as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computational Chemistry Laboratory. After studying Physics, Edrisse obtained his Masters degree in Physical Chemistry. He then pursued his PhD in 2012 in Molecular Modeling from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France. 

Emre Cenker

After completing his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Koç University cum laude, Emre Cenker obtained a M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen University with support of German Academic Exchange Service. He continued his academic studies focusing on clean combustion with a double doctoral program in Paris hosted by IFPEN (Energy, Information, and Environment). Emre obtained a Dr. title from École Centrale Paris and a Dr.-Ing. title from University of Duisburg-Essen summa cum laude. Since April 2014, he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at KAUST in the Clean Combustion Center.

Enzo Di Fabrizio

Prof Di Fabrizio conducts an interdisciplinary activity between physics and biology and nanomedicine that includes basic and applied research in nanotechnology. At KAUST he is dedicated to setting up a new lab for Molecular Sensing and Imaging. His main interests concern the study of material and macro molecules at nanoscale, their structure and function, through novel spectroscopy approaches mediated by nanostructures. In particular the activity includes: nanofabrication of plasmonic devices, optical tweezers based microscopy (applied to biophysics and nanomedicine), Raman spectroscopy for single molecules detection through scanning probe, design and fabrication of microfluidics nano-devices dedicated to cellomics and drug delivery, proteomic, biophotonic and TEM imaging.

Eric Jellen

Eric Jellen is a professor of plant genetics and associate dean of the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University (BYU). Prof. Jellen received a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the University of US Department of Agriculture's Research Service, Prof. Jellen joined the faculty of BYU in 1996. Prof. Jellen has studied neglected crops of Latin America for more than 15 years, and has emerged as a world expert on the evolution and domestication of Chenopodium quinoa.

Eric Karsenti

Eric Karsenti obtained a PhD in Immunology and cell Biology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1979. Then he moved to the University of California San Francisco until 1984, before establishing his own group at EMBL in Heidelberg in 1985. He contributed largely to the understanding of the cell cycle clock and mitosis. Over the past 15 years, he developed and directed the Cell Biology and Biophysics unit at EMBL in which he hired an interdisciplinary team of group leaders including cell biologists, geneticists, physicists and imaging developers. They all had in common an interest in the understanding of cell and organisms morphogenesis. Research director at the CNRS and Senior Scientist at EMBL, he is a member of EMBO and of the French Academy of Sciences and since 2009 he is the Scientific Director of the TARA OCEANS expedition.

Euan Riddell

Euan Riddell has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Glasgow, UK and an MSc in Ecotourism from Edinburgh Napier University. His Post Graduate Certificate of Education with the University of Leeds led to Qualified Teacher Status in the UK as Teacher of Science with specialism in Biology. He has taught environmental science in a specialist science and technology college in the UK and taught in GCC countries for 8 years, teaching and working as a head of department.

Fabiano Ventura

Fabiano Ventura is a landscape and mountain photographer portraying the most extreme and wildest facets of nature. In his work, he shows evidences of the impact of human activity on the environment. He has organized and participated in many scientific, photographic and climbing expeditions in the world’s most inaccessible places in collaboration with international scientific research institutions. For over a decade he has advanced his project, “On the Trail of the Glaciers.”

Fadl Abdel Latif

Fadl Abdel Latif joined Aramco's R&D Center in 2012 where he develops robotic systems for Oil & Gas applications. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering with distinction from University of Jordan in 2009. He completed his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from KAUST in 2011. His research focus areas include robotics, automation, systems modeling and control and received many awards including the IFIA Industrial Glory Medal and KAUST Provost Award.

Felix Mueller

Dr Felix Müller, vice president of European Research Policy at Evonik Industries AG has more than 20 years of experience in the surfactant development and applications field. He has worked on personal care, household care, car care and other surfactant related topics. He published more than 100 papers in the field of surfactants and more than 30 patents. He is member of the KICP board since 2012.

Fernando Figueroa Ortega

Fernando is a KAUST graduate from the Environmental Science and Engineering MSc from the 2010 Class. After graduating, he joined the Industrial Ecology Master Program sponsored by the European Commission, studying in Austria and the Netherlands. For his master thesis he joined Shell Projects and Technologies, researching technology diffusion for residential energy systems. Fernando returned to Mexico, where he coordinates the Industry self-regulatory programs of Guanajuato Environmental Agency.

Francis Waldvogel

Professor Francis A. Waldvogel, a Swiss citizen, graduated from the University of Geneva Medical School in 1964 and undertook a postgraduate training in medicine, infectious diseases and clinical bacteriology at Harvard from 1966-1970. He then joined the academic staff at the University Hospital in Geneva to head Infectious Diseases and Clinical Bacteriology until 1986. In 1982, he became full Professor of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief in internal medicine, and from 1990 to 2001 Chairman of the Department of Medicine. In 1995, after having served as Vice-President of the Swiss Science Council, he was elected by the Federal Government to become the President of the Swiss Polytechnic Institutes, a position he held until 2004. His scientific activities led to more than 150 publications, several books, numerous invited professorships and lectures, and elections into several Academies (Switzerland, Leopoldina- European Academy etc.) He is President of several humanitarian Foundations. He has joined the "Race4Water" Foundation, to help stopping ocean and food chain pollution by plastics. He also participates in establishing scientific and awareness programs regarding this silent pollution on the ambassador boat of the foundation, Planet Solar."

Gary Bolt

After graduating with the first class of Kaust graduates, Matt returned to the USA to pursue a career in potable water treatment for a major US city. After 3 years of design and operational optimization, he changed career course and accepted an engineering position in Kigali, Rwanda with Jibu Co. He is currently installing and maintaining water treatment systems in Urban East Africa as well as training local entrepreneurs in the field of water treatment.

Geoff Fincher

Professor Geoff Fincher received his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne. In recent years he has been the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls (2011–2014), Cluster Leader of the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship on ‘High Fibre Grains’ (2011 – 2013), Deputy CEO of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (2003 – 2010) and the Director of the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide (2003 – 2010). He is currently a member of the South Australian Science Council and the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. Geoff’s research interests are focused on the molecular genetics, cell biology and biochemistry of cell wall polysaccharide synthesis, re-modelling and degradation in cereals and grasses. His group was the first to identify and characterize the gene family encoding (1,3;1,4)-β-glucan synthases in cereals. Since then, he has initiated projects on the applications of his group’s fundamental research activities in the areas of renewable bioenergy production and in human health. In 2013 Geoff was awarded the Thomas Burr Osborne Medal, in 2010 he was elected Corresponding Member, American Society of Plant Biology, and in 2014, Geoff was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

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.

Gordon Mcconnell

As Head of the Entrepreneurship Center in KAUST since May 2014, Gordon has grown the activities of the center including the development of Teaching & Learning programs, startup accelerators such as the HIKMA IP-based and the REVelate corporate innovation program.

Prior to Saudi Arabia, he was the Associate Vice President of Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group (EIG) and Principal Investigator of the Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer, which was funded by the US department of defense, and an Assistant Professor of Practice. During his time in ASU, his group was ranked in the top 10 in the US for university incubators according to the UBI Global Index. While in ASU he developed several new innovation initiatives including the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, which won the U.S. award for Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development in 2013. Previously, Gordon was Deputy CEO of the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland where he developed new programs such as the Business Innovation Program (accredited) in 2011 and was the founder of the Propeller startup accelerator in 2010.

Greg Wickham

Dr. Greg Wickham is the Facilities and Systems Team Leader in the KVL at KAUST. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Deakin University, Australia in 1997, and joined KAUST in 2009. He has extensive professional experience in Network Management, High Performance Networking, Computer Systems Administration and Visualisation Technologies. In addition to his professional achievements he has a long history with electronics and microcontrollers, embedded systems, systems programming, etc.

Hashim Kamakhi

Hashim graduated with an industrial chemistry engineering degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Then, after completing his master of science in chemical and biological engineering at KAUST, he joined Dow Water and Process Solutions (DW&PS;) as an Application Development Engineer. In his current role, Hashim leads the development and implementation of application technolgy

Hassane Trigui

Hassane Trigui is a Research Engineer working in Saudi Aramco R&D Center at KAUST since 2012. He is leading the Intelligent Systems team; designing cutting-edge, business driven robotics solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Control and Instrumentation from KFUPM and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from KAUST. His research focuses on robotics, control, circuit design, and embedded programming. He has been rewarded with the CEO Excellence Recognition Award twice during his career in Saudi Aramco.

Helge Haldorsen

Helge Hove Haldorsen currently holds the positions of Director General Statoil Mexico in Mexico City. Helge has an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from The Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim and a PhD in Reservoir Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Helge was a Second Lieutenant in The Royal Norwegian Navy and held various positions within reservoir engineering at Esso Exploration Norway in Stavanger, Sohio Petroleum Company in San Francisco and Anchorage and The British Petroleum Company in London. After the acquisition of the Houston-based independent ムSpinnakerメ by Hydro in 2005, Helge served as the President until the merger with Statoil in October 2007. Helge has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineer's (SPE) Board of Directors fand he has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and an SPE Distinguished Author. He has written many technical papers and articles, given keynotes all over the world and he has been a Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Oslo as well as a lecturer at Stanford University. Helge was the 2015 SPE President and he received the American Association of Mechanical Engineersメ (ASME) ムPetroleum Industry Leadership Awardメ for 2013.

James Ferry

Dr. James G. Ferry is the Stanley Person professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of PennState and director of Center for Microbial Structural Biology since 1996. He currently serves on National Academy of Sciences Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences as co-chair, and served on National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Origin and Evolution of Life as co-chair between 2009 and 2011. Dr. Ferry is one of the key figures in the field of anaerobic microbiology.

James Watson

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1928, James D. Watson was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received a B.S. in 1947, and Indiana University where he earned a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1950. In 1953, while at Cambridge University, he and Francis Crick successfully proposed the double helical structure for DNA. They and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. While a professor at Harvard, Watson commenced a writing career that generated The Molecular Biology of the Gene and The Double Helix. He was a driving force behind the Human Genome Project leading to his receipt of the Royal Society’s Copley Medal in 1993. Among many honorary degrees and awards are election to the National Academy of Sciences [1962], Medal of Freedom [1977], National Medal of Science [1997], City of Philadelphia Liberty Medal [2000], Benjamin Franklin Medal [2001] and Honorary Knight of the British Empire [2002]. Watson has served the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1968 as its Director, President, Chancellor, and now is Chancellor Emeritus.

Jan Haskovec

Dr. Jan Haskovec is born on October 23, 1980, in Ostrava, Austria. He studied Applied Mathematics at the Charles University in Prague (Czech Rep.) and University of Vienna (Austria). He held postdoctoral positions at the Vienna University of Technology and Johann Radon Institute of Computational and Applied Mathematics in Linz (Austria). He joined KAUST in April 2012 as a Research Scientist in partial differential equations. His hobbies, apart from photography, include literature, movies, architecture.

Jay Conner

Joseph “Jay” Connor, JD/MBA, is the Founder/CEO of Learning Ovations, Inc. LOI is an ed-tech company delivering a research-based SaaS to school districts across North America that uses student assessment to recommend individualized instruction activities to achieve significant improvement in reading achievement across the economic and ethnic spectrum. This recognition of the need to develop evidence-based tools in order to achieve transformative outcomes in our community systems – most notably education – was a driving consideration in his founding of The Collaboratory for Community Solutions. The research findings from over 75 communities are found in his book, published spring 2003 (second edition 2005) by Wilder Press, Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact. It is the most extensive discussion available on the leadership art of linking sectors, initiatives, technologies and systems in achieving community solutions. Jay has 20+ years of experience in senior business management at the multi-billion dollar corporate level. He was a Regional President of ADT Security Systems, where he oversaw a $150 million unit with 1100 employees and offices in 35 communities. He has also been a Group Vice President for Johnson Controls, a $10 billion company. Industry Areas: Education, Energy, Security, Social Responsibility, Philanthropy & NGO. Functional Areas: Strategy, Marketing, Finance, C-Level Roles, Sales, and Startups.

Jean Paul Vernier

Dr. Vernier earned his Ph.D. from the University of Versailles (France) in 2010 using balloon measurements and satellite observations for investigating the distribution of aerosols in the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere (UT/LS). His research relied significantly on CALIPSO lidar measurements in developing algorithm for retrieving stratospheric aerosols. His work provided better understandings of the role of mid-size tropical volcanic eruptions in supplying the stratosphere in aerosols, which may have mitigated the impact of global warming by 25% between 2000 and 2010. Between February 2010 and January 2012, Dr. Vernier was supported as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Langley Research Center and has continued his research on UT/LS aerosols and dynamics with CALIPSO and other satellite platforms. Recent results of his work highlight the discovery of a recurrent Asian Tropopause Aerosol Layer associated with the Southeast Asian monsoon. Since February 2012, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. recruited Dr Vernier as a Senior Research Scientist to continue his research activities on stratospheric aerosol and to prepare the validation of the future SAGE III mission on the International Space Station. He recently won the 2013 award for the best science paper at NASA Langley.

Jean-Marie Basset

Professor Basset, who has authored more than 450 scientific papers and reports, works to identify the possible relationships between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. For that purpose, he developed "surface organometallic chemistry", a new field of chemistry that tries to answer various questions: Are the concepts of the reactivity of molecular chemistry applicable when an organometallic molecule reacts with a surface? Can the structures of molecular surface species be rationalized on the same basis as those of molecular species in solution? Does the reactivity of surface organometallic fragments allow understanding the elementary steps of heterogeneous catalysis? Can we make single site catalysts on a surface? Can we render heterogeneous catalysis a predictable science? Can we anticipate the discovery of new catalytic reactions? This chemistry resulted in the discovery of a number of new catalytic reactions, such as the metathesis of alkanes which transforms any paraffin into its lower and higher homologues, the cleavage of paraffins by methane, the coupling of methane into ethane and hydrogen, the Ziegler-Natta depolymerisation which transforms polyethylene into diesel range gazoline, the transformation of ethylene to propylene, and the removal of traces of arsenic from water.

Jeff Maughan

Jeff Maughan is a professor in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University (BYU). Prof. Maughan received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the faculty of BYU in 2002, Prof. Maughan was the Director of the North American Genotyping for the Monsanto Company. Prof. Maughanメs research is primarily focused on the development of genomic tools for accelerated breeding of understudied crops such as quinoa.

Joanna Haigh

Professor of Atmospheric Physics and Head of Department of Physics, Imperial College London. Distinguished for her scientific leadership in the area of solar influences on the middle atmosphere and for her modelling of how these effects can modulate tropospheric circulations and so propagate to Earth's surface. Her expertise in modelling atmospheric radiative transfer allowed the development of computationally fast but accurate radiative transfer schemes some of which are now in use by climate modelling groups across the world. By proposing and demonstrating an entirely novel mechanism for solar influence on climate she has allowed proper allowance to be made for the small and subtle, yet revealing effects.

Johannes Lelieveld

Johannes Lelieveld received a PhD from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University (1990). He worked at Stockholm University (1991) and the University of California, San Diego (1992), and became a Professor at Wageningen University in 1993 and at Utrecht University in 1995. In 2000 he was appointed as Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. Since January 2008 he is also a Professor at the Cyprus Institute. His work has been fundamental to the understanding of chemical and transport mechanisms that regulate the composition of the atmosphere. He is spokesperson of the Max Planck Graduate School in Mainz, is (co)author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications, associated editor of several journals, a member of international committees and societies, and received international distinctions.

Josh Lefers

Josh Lefers: Director, South Dakota Grasslands Coalition and Professional Livestock Farmer. Expert in sustainable grasslands-based livestock production with vast experience in both real-world farming and extension work.

Kathryn Bolt

Katie graduated from Kaust with a degree in Environmental Science and Engineering and now works for the water franchising company, Jibu, in East Afri

Kazuhiro Takanabe

Dr. Takanabe's research interests include the development of novel nano-materials for a variety of energy-conversion reactions for sustainable development, from conventional methane conversion to photocatalytic hydrogen production. His research is focused on understanding the reaction mechanisms involved in catalytic processes using rigorous kinetic and isotopic analyses and using spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques.

Keith Micoli

Keith Micoli, PhD, is the director of the NYU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Program. In this capacity, he has developed numerous programs to foster postdoctoral training, including courses in ethics, grant writing, lab management, and communication skills. He has expanded his role to include career development programs for graduate students. He currently serves on the National Postdoctoral Association board of directors and as board chairman. Keith is also the co-primary investigator on the newly created National Institutes of Health's Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training grant.

Kip Thorne

Kip Thorne received his B.S. degree from Caltech in 1962 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1965. After two years of postdoctoral study, Thorne returned to Caltech as an Associate professor in 1967, was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Physics in 1970, became The William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor in 1981, and The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics in 1991. Thorne has mentored for 52 PhD physicists, many of whom have gone on to become world leaders in their chosen fields of research. With John A. Wheeler and Charles W. Misner, Thorne coauthored in 1973 the textbook Gravitation, from which most of the present generation of scientists have learned general relativity. In June 2009, Thorne resigned from Caltech in order to ramp up a new career in writing, movies, and continued scientific research. His principal current writing project is a textbook on classical physics and his most recent major movie project was Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan. His principal current research is an exploration of the nonlinear dynamical behaviors of curved spacetime, using computer simulations and analytical calculations.

Kuo Wei Huang

The research interests of Professor Huang's group center on catalysis, including renewable energy (water splitting), carbon dioxide utilization, carbonylation and decarbonylation, fluorination, kinetic and DFT studies of transition metal and organocatalysis.

Luca Passone

Luca Passone is a Ph.D. student in Supercomputer simulation and 3D visualisation of near field seismic wave propagation for complex media at KAUST.

Magali Jeantelot

It is within the context of anthropology studies that Magali left Paris and lived in West Africa, in Southern Africa, and then in Egypt. Her wedding to a diplomat leads her the twenty-five following years to live successively in Morocco, Iraq, Greece, Chad and Saudi Arabia. Artist's eye and ethnologist's questioning, self-taught painter, she meets artists and craftsmen through each of her journeys, with whom she works and enriches herself of their artistic know-how: she shows that painting is learnt by watching that of others. With astonishing technical ability, she changes her style from a country to another. In this way, her creations have diversified, from abstract painting to Persian miniature, from the art of Icons to 'metallic drapes'. Her field of production is immense and dynamic i.e. in perpetually evolving. Magali has exhibited in Athens, Paris, N'Djamena and Jeddah. Her current works take inspiration from Thierry Mauger's book "Arabie jardin des Peintres", through which she discovers the Asir's pictorial art, especially that of the painted houses in the village of Rijal. 

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.

Maria Cortes

Maria is a PhD in Marine Sciences working at KAUST. She is a chemist by education and has devoted her research on the study of biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen in marine ecosystems during the last 15 years. Her broad interest has brought her to work on systems as distinct as tropical and polar places. Her research is now focused on the understanding of the organic carbon cycling at the Red Sea, its chemical characteristics and its interaction with the living organisms.

Mariam Awlia

Mariam is a PhD student at KAUST's Center for Desert Agriculture. Her research interests include salt stress and its effect on plant growth and crop yield.

Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks is a program educator at the New England Aquarium and an author/illustrator of science comic books. She runs programs in the aquarium and schools teaching ocean science to children and the public. Maris is the illustrator of the New York Times Best Seller, Primates, and the author/illustrator of the upcoming Human Body Theater. She also produces marine science fact sheets for the Spongebob Squarepants comics and is beginning to profile scientists and their active research as comics.

Mark Crowell

Mark Crowell wasnamed the vice president of Innovation and Economic Development at KAUST in 2015. His responsibilities include the development, management and commercialization of our intellectual property portfolio, the creation and support of new businesses, fostering joint ventures and collaborations with industry partners and enabling a strong culture of entrepreneurship at KAUST. Crowell has over 25 years of experience as a leader in academic innovation and business development. The innovation programs he has led have helped to launch more than 135 startup companies and numerous products and services. Between 2010 and 2014, Crowell was the founding Executive Director of UVa Innovation at the University of Virginia. He has consulted for organizations such as the World Bank, BIO, PhRMA, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Arkansas Research Alliance, Eva Klein & Associates, Wexford Science + Technology, the Research Triangle Institute and others. 

Martin Mai

Martin Mai is Professor of Earth Science and Engineering at KAUST and President of the Seismology Division, European Geosciences Union. Professor Mai's research interests include the physics of earthquakes and the resulting complexity of earthquake phenomena, as seen for instance, through earthquake-source imaging and dynamic rupture modeling. Mai's work extends to strong ground motion properties and near-source broadband wavefield simulations that include seismic wave scattering in heterogeneous media. He is currently the president of the Seismology Division, European Geosciences Union.

Martina Viglasska

Martina was born in Slovakia and studied Garden and Landscape Architecture at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria). Before joining KAUST she worked as garden designer in Austria. Martina Joined KAUST in November 2012 and works in the Campus Support Department.

Mashary Al-Naim

Professor Mashary A. Al- Naim of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Michael L. Berumen

Mike received a Zoology degree from the University of Arkansas in 2001. He then attended James Cook University in Australia to pursue graduate studies in coral reef ecology, specializing in life history and ecology of butterflyfishes. He was awarded the PhD in 2007. Mike accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he focused on larval connectivity in coral reef fishes. During his time in Woods Hole, Mike began working in the Red Sea in 2008 in partnership with a new university in Saudi Arabia - the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Mike joined KAUST in July 2009 as a founding faculty member in the Red Sea Research Center. Mike has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters, and he has co-edited two books. His research focuses on advancing general understanding of Red Sea coral reefs and more broadly making contributions to movement ecology, which is a critical aspect of developing conservation plans in the marine environment. He is particularly interested in connectivity questions ranging from larval dispersal to large distance migrations of adult fishes.

Michel Nassar

Michel Nassar holds a degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in Mechatronics from the American University of Beirut. He gained practical field hands-on experience in the oil and gas industry as an engineer trainee at Schlumberger. He also developed research expertise as a research assistant in University of Wisconsin Madison. In July 2011, Michel Nassar joined National Instruments as a Technical Sales Engineer and later moved to the Applications Engineering department which provides technical support and services for the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout his career, Michel worked on basic to advanced projects with key clients from different sectors of the industry, specialized in research, education, and product development. He covered more than 30 training courses including LabVIEW, Modular instruments, Real-time systems, FPGA and Embedded platforms, data acquisition and signal conditioning, and test management. Recently Michel Nassar moved to the new position of Senior Technical Advisor in which he is managing West of Saudi Arabia.

Mohammad Alshawaf

Mr. Mohammad Alshawaf is Head of Community Soft Services (Waste Management and Janitorial.). Since joining KAUST in 2008, Mr. Alshawaf has been responsible for Community Waste Management Services. Mr. Alshawaf will welcome the Community to the Waste Transfer Station and introduce the waste management process, before participants join the tour. Jacqueline Piper, Environmental and Sustainability Specialist, will set the scene for the wider Sustainability perspective and explain why “closing the loop” is an integral part of resource management.

Mohanad Bahshwan

A pioneer engineer responsible for establishing DOW's Middle East R&D Center - located in Saudi Arabia. Led multiple projects with direct impact on the center establishment ranging from design improvements, commissioning, maintenance protocols, EH&S implementation as well as procurement projects. Also led the execution of a client-based project that constitutes a milestone for DOW to tap into the Saudi market, which involved working with a team of 15+ operators/technicians.

Mounzer Saleh

Mounzer Saleh is an Applications Engineering Specialist at National Instruments. He provides high level technical support and consultation to NI’s regional clients. Consequently, Mounzer regularly delivers training sessions, conducts technical seminars, and provides on-site start up assistance to premium customers in the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf region. He is also a Certified LabVIEW Embedded systems Developer (CLED) which demonstrates his proficiency and expertise in analyzing requirements, designing, developing, debugging, and deploying high end embedded control and monitoring applications based on National Instruments Real-time and FPGA targets.

Moustapha Harb

Moustapha Harb is a PhD Candidate at KAUST's Water Desalination and Reuse Center. His research interests include microbial-associated problems in utilizing anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) for municipal wastewater treatment.

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.

Muppala Reddy

Muppala Reddy earned his PhD in Plant Stress Physiology from Gujarat University, India. Worked in CSIR, New Delhi, India, for 25 years as a scientist in different capacities and joined KAUST in 2009 as director of Greenhouses. From 1997-2000 worked as visiting scientist in Center for Environmental Stress physiology, Purdue University, USA. He has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. Awardee of Daimler Chrysler Environmental Leadership (Germany). Research focus: Utilization of coastal saline soils, semi-arid lands and seawater for sustainable agriculture.

Nada Aljassim

Nada is a PhD student at KAUST's Water Desalination and Reuse Center. Her research interests include assessing microbial risk from emerging contaminants associated with reclamation of treated wastewater.

Nader Azab

Dr. Nader Azab is an associate Professor at the College of Architecture & Design, Effat University, Jeddah, KSA. He holds a Ph.D. from Portland State University, USA, majoring in environmental planning and design. He has been practicing architecture and urban planning since 1984 through his private firm “Azab and Ayyad … Architects & Planners” and teaching at several universities in the GCC region. Through his firm he won a number of architectural competitions and carried out some research grants for the Egyptian government. In the 1990’s he was affiliated with the Institute of Portland Metropolitan studies at Portland State University (1994-1997), where he assisted with research and the preparation of the “Clearinghouse Abstracts” publication. Dr. Azab has several publications in the fields of environmental policy and human behavior. He has special interests in qualitative research methods and its application in urban planning and sustainability arenas. Recently, he has interests in Arabic calligraphy and jewelry design as an artistic endeavor.

Nahed Taher

Dr. Nahed Taher is the Chairman and CEO of Seeds Consulting Company and the founder and board member of the Gulf One Investment Bank. Since founding the bank in 2005, she has served as CEO, making her the first Saudi female to lead a bank in the Gulf region. Prior to this, Dr. Taher was a managing partner of Compass Consulting Company, a financial advisory company in the Kingdom, where she was the first female to get such a license in Saudi Arabia. She was also the Chief Economist and Chairman of the Risk and Portfolio Management Committee at the National Commercial Bank. Dr. Taher has represented the Saudi Government, the private sector, and chamber of commerce in many high level international business and banking events. Dr. Taher has been recognized as one of the“100 Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes Magazine, one of the “Top 50 Business Women in the World” by Financial Times in 2009, 2010, and 2011 respectively; and she was among the “Top 100 Women in Finance and Leadership in Crisis” by Dow Jones in 2009. Dr. Taher holds dual Masters Degrees in Financial Economics and a Ph.D. in Monetary Economics from Lancaster University in the U.K. She was awarded an honorary degree from Lancaster University for her contribution to banking and finance in the world; and has received the “outstanding Alumni” award in 2014 from the same University.

Ozan Sonmez

Ozan Sonmez is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and startup accelerator manager and is a certified Angel Investor Trainer. He helped form and advise various angel groups and startup accelerators globally. Ozan has spent most of his career in management positions in public and private companies and currently dedicates his career to strengthen and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems. His global efforts to build healthier entrepreneurial ecosystems and his passion for startup accelerators and angel investing led him to become a lead instructor at Angel Labs (based in San Francisco) to host education and training sessions all over the world and create two Startup Accelerators in KAUST. He serves as a mentor to startups in leading accelerator programs around the world and is a regular guest at various universities & entrepreneurship events speaking about venture & angel investing and startup acceleration. He started in Deloitte as a Financial Services Professional then served in Laureate Inc. (NASDAQ:LAUR) Turkish Subsidiary in various positions (Finance Manager, Vice Director of MBA Programs, Advisor to Graduate Business School) where he also instructed MBAs. He later worked with Dutch Based Angel Wings Ventures Istanbul Office.

Paolo Scoppola

Paolo Scoppola creates interactive video installations since 1998. Graduated in Computer Science, musician and photographer, he initially worked for Italian companies and then presented his first personal work at the Spoleto Festival in 2008. His works are realized on large projection screens in which the viewer becomes part of the installation. He collaborated with: INFN, Unesco, MUSE, Telecom, Lines, Ducati, Barilla, RAI, La7, University of Trieste, Miela Theatre and others. http://www.paoloscoppola.com/

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

Pedro Da Costa

Pedro M. F. J. Costa is an Assistant Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Program of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He is (co-)author of numerous scientific papers and communications on topics related to carbon nanostructures, semiconductors and electron microscopy.

Perdana Karim

Perdana Karim Prihartato recently joined Saudi Aramco as environmental scientist. His responsibility mainly mitigating and reducing Aramco impacts on the marine environment. Perdana obtained Doctoral Degree in Marine Science from KAUST in 2014. His study mainly focus on the underwater acoustic and modeling behavior of mesopelagic fish in many parts of the world. Perdana is a founding student at KAUST joined master degree in Marine Science in 2009.

Peter Rautek

Dr. Peter Rautek is a Research Scientist at VCC at KAUST. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Vienna University of Technology, Austria in 2009, and joined KAUST in 2011. His passion for making things manifested in joint electronics projects and mobile apps like epic (mobilesynergies.org): one of the first real-time internet of things protocols and mobile apps, uberdice (uberdice.thomashollt.com): a reprogrammable six sided die with inbuilt microcontroller, etc.

Philip Munday

Professor Philip Munday has broad interests in the ecology and evolution of reef fishes. His primary research focuses on understanding and predicting the impacts that climate change will have on populations and communities of marine fishes, both directly through changes in the physical environment and indirectly through effects on coral reef habitat.

Rob Joseph

Rob Joseph is the Business Manager of KAUST’s Engineering and Project Management Department. Before coming to KAUST in 2014, Rob had a long career with Parsons, an American engineering company, and several other large engineering companies, working on infrastructure projects valued in the billions of dollars throughout the United States and the Middle East.Rob has been conducting seminars in time and project management for over 30 years, beginning in the days of the first Apples and Personal Computers, and adapting as new productivity tools became available. “Time management really means making good decisions about what to do now throughout the working day,” Rob says. “Computers can help us navigate our busy lives to get the best possible results for our efforts.”

Rory Howlett

Dr. Rory Howlett graduated in zoology from the University of Oxford and was awarded his PhD in ecological genetics from the University of Cambridge. Rory joined Nature in 1987 and was for 20 years an editor with the journal, where he developed wide-ranging interests in the biological and physical sciences and their interfaces. Between leaving Nature in 2008 and rejoining the Nature Publishing Group, Rory spent three years as Media and Communications Officer the United Kingdom's National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

Ryan Lefers

PhD student in Center for Desert Agriculture and Water Desalination and ReUse Center, KAUST. Professional environmental and agricultural engineer with broad experience in water projects: both agricultural and environmental.

Sahejad Patel


Sahraoui Chaieb

Principal Investigator Nano-biophysics Laboratory

Sam Castaneda

Sam Castaneda, B.A., is the Director of the Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Affairs (VSPA) Program at the UC Berkeley. Sam was instrumental in the development of the VSPA Program - the first postdoc office in the UC system and one of the first in the United States. As director, he is responsible for the oversight of 1500 postdocs who are provided with a variety of professional support systems, which help to broaden career and professional development opportunities.Sam has been involved in many projects that may be of interest to KAUST. He is able to discuss how the following programs were created and developed at Berkeley, as well as lessons learned along the way: Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program Postdoc Industry Exploration Program Spouses and Partners Program Thriving In Science Program Postdoc Teaching Opportunities Program.

Social Responsibility

Saudi Initiatives is dedicated to making KAUST a good neighbor and responsible citizen. Building on the University's vast intellectual and social capital, the programs under Social Responsibility are designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals and groups within KAUST's community and neighboring villages.The Social Responsibility department focuses on immediate needs in Thuwal around education, the economy, and the environment by sustainably providing individuals and groups with the support, knowledge, and resources to thrive.

Sofana Dahlan

Sofana Dahlan was one of the first 10 Saudi female lawyers who have received a license from the Saudi Government to practice law. She is both a lawyer and the founder and CEO of Tashkeil, a Saudi Arabia-based social enterprise that Incubates, accelerate & promotes Creative Entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of Kayan space, a membership based community co-working office spaces for entrepreneurs & freelancers and a member of the board of directors of the RSDFHD Foundation for Human Development, a foundation focused on building leadership capacity in the field of human development in the Arab World. Since 1999, Ms. Dahlan has served as a legal consultant for the Husam Wegfi Law Office, the Meshari Al-Ghazali law firm, and as a legal adviser at Comparative Arab Law for the Quraysh Institution for Law & Policy in Kuwait. She was also the 1rst Saudi to serve as a fellow for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in a tour of Europe and the US - and she was the first Middle Eastren Participant to Join the Amsterdam School of creative leadership Program. In 2011, Ms. Dahlan was chosen in to participate in the Harvard Executive program, "Leading for the Future: The Arab Region in a Changing World". Ms. Dahlan writes extensively on topics such as women's rights, social values, and interreligious dialogue. Ms. Dahlan received a Bachelor's degree in Law and a Master's degree in Islamic Law from Cairo University. She also received an MBA degree from the American University of Technology.

Stefan Hindresin

Stefan has earned his PhD developing high-density cultures of microalgae and is now integrating these findings into novel ways to produce energy. During the last 8 years, he has connected established methods in renewable energy production with cutting-edge approaches of biotechnological microalgae harvesting. Fascinated by the incredible potential of the synergistic effects achieved in the world's first "Algae House", he learned to 'think' like the microalgae in the photobioreactor systems.

Suchitra Sebastian

Dr. Suchitra Sebastian is a University Lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow in Physics at the University of Cambridge. She is an experimental condensed matter physicist specialized in researching which might be the next generation of superconductors –materials which superconduct at accessible temperatures and could be used in future applications such as lossless electrical grids, next-generation supercomputers and levitating trains. Listed among “the next big names in physics” by the Financial Times, Dr. Sebastian is a L’Oreal UNESCO Women in Science Fellow and has been awarded a 5-year Starting Grant by the European Research Council. Practical superconductors are often characterized as the ‘holy grail’ of applied physics, and Dr. Sebastian’s work represents an important contribution to this quest.

Susana Agusti

Susana Agusti is Professor of marine Science at the Red Sea Research Center, KAUST. She is a biological oceanographer and has conducted research in the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern Ocean. Now she is also studying the Red Sea. Her research focussed on global change effects on the oceans, including the effects of increasing warming, and the increased ultraviolet B radiation due to the reduction of the ozone layer.

Suzana Nunes

Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering

Tad Patzek

KAUST Professor of Chemical & Petroleum Eng. Prof. Tad Patzek's research involves mathematical (analytic and numerical) modeling of earth systems with emphasis on multiphase fluid flow physics and rock mechanics. He also works on smart, process-based control of very large waterfloods in unconventional, low-permeability formations, and on the productivity and mechanics of hydrocarbon bearing shales

Thihs Kaper

Dr. Kaper received an undergraduate degree in Molecular Sciences and a graduate degree in Life Sciences both from Wageningen University, Netherlands. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and at the Carnegie Institution of Science, Stanford, CA, USA. For the last eight years he has worked as a research scientist for DuPont Industrial Biosciences developing enzyme systems for the production of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Dr. Kaper is an expert in protein engineering and industrial enzymes.

Timothy Ravasi

Tim is working to develop large-scale, computer-aided models of biological signaling, transcription regulatory networks, and regulatory pathways. He applies new experimental strategies and statistical frameworks with the aim to integrate, model, and visualize the enormous amount of measurements derived from genome-wide experiments, such as ultra-high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing, proteins and mRNAs expression.

Travis Bradford

Travis Bradford is the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a full-time Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, CBS, and the Earth Institute. Travis is also the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.

Udaya Gunturu

I have done my PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aerosol-Cloud Interactions and postdoc at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Climate Change in wind energy. Here at KAUST, I am working on a project to develop the wind resource assessment for the MENA region. By virtue of my education, I am interested and had worked in Atmospheric and Climate sciences.

Valerio D'elia

Dr. Valerio D'Elia obtained his M. Sc. Degree in chemistry at the University of Perugia in 2001 in Italy and in 2002 he joined Dompe' Pharmaceuticals at L'Aquila as a research scientist. In 2005-2008 he carried out his doctoral studies at the University of Regensburg (Germany) . He carried out his post-doctoral research at both Munich Universities, working on the synthesis and applications of homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleophilic catalysts. In December 2010 he joined the group of Prof. J.-M. Basset at KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), working as lead scientist and coordinating the international collaboration between KCC and TUM.  In July 2015 he joined the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology at Rayong (Thailand) as a faculty member and maintains an active collaboration with KCC. His main interests are homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for CO2 and C-H activation, the application of online techniques for the study of reaction mechanisms and the synthesis and applications of new organo- and organometallic catalysts.

Vijay Shah

 Vijay Shah is an explorer, filmmaker and aeronautical engineer from the UK. Vijay’s desire to explore has led him to some of the furthest corners of the globe. He has guided expeditions for British Exploring, solo climbed several high-altitude mountains in the Andes and opened up a new route traversing the remote Penny Ice Cap on Arctic Canada’s Baffin Island facing temperatures down to -60C. He has spent over three years travelling and on expedition; experiencing some of the most diverse cultures on the planet: He was invited to attend the largest human gathering that has ever occurred, meditated for 10 days in silence in the Himalayas and lived for a month with an Indigenous Andean community in the Ecuadorian Andes. His travel documentaries have been broadcasted on UK TV.

Wei XU

Dr. Wei Xu is a research science consultant of Saudi Aramco. Wei is currently leading a Chemicals R&D team of Saudi Aramco R&D center at KAUST and his main research areas are in catalyst and process developments for petrochemical industry. Wei holds a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from University of Western Ontario, Canada. Wei had worked as research scientist for Nova Chemicals in Canada and SABIC R&D center at Riyadh prior joint Saudi Aramco

WEP Team

WEP team

Xose Moran

Xosé Anxelu G. Morán received his PhD from the University of Oviedo/Uviéu in 1999 after working at the Institute of Marine Sciences-CSIC in Barcelona. He was a researcher at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography in Gijón/Xixón for 13 years before joining KAUST in 2014 as associate professor affiliated to the Red Sea Research Center. Author of over 60 papers, his research in plankton ecology aims at determining both the present and future roles of microbes in the ocean’s biogeochemical cycling.

Yahya Al-Bishri

Yahya Al Bishri is a Saudi fashion designer. He has designed garments for King Abdullah and royal families around the world such as Princess Diana. Yahya Al Bishri was born in Abha, where he received primary education before moving to Jeddah, to complete his study. Attracted to art, fashion and design world which is full of creation and innovation. His hobby was developed to become a profession through academic study at the Milano School of Fashion and the Paris American Academy for art and fashion. Al Bishri, who in the late 1980s was one of the first Saudis to enter the world of fashion, was used to overcoming barriers. His father, shocked and disappointed by his son's choice of profession, initially cut him off, hoping he would return to a more conventional line of work. So Al Bishri supported 2 1/2 years of fashion design studies in Italy and France, by writing and selling poems and freelancing for local newspapers. In 1988 Yahya Al Bishri graduated as a fashion designer. Al Bishri is credited with having taken the Saudi fashion industry to the next level, allowing Saudi Arabia’s name to shine in the fashion world with a unique fusion of traditional Saudi clothes with foreign traits. 

Yves Balkanski

Scientist at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et del’Environment (LSCE), expert in atmospheric chemistry and interaction of aerosols with climate, co-editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Coordinator of the national and bilateral (German-French) project on Heterogeneous Chemistry: Photodust, author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications.