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KACST Leadership

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Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud
President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Received his Ph.D in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, USA. 

Dr. Al Saud serves as :

  • Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the National Science, Technology and Innovations Plan (NSTIP).
  • Chairman of the board of trustees of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for the Inventors and the Gifted.
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Initiative for Solar Water Desalination.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Military Industries Corporation.
  • Member of the Civil Defense Council.
  • Member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) for King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC).
  • Member of the Board of Trustees for Al Faisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center.
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Saudi Company for Technology Development Investment (TAQNIA).
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Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Swailem, PhD
Vice-President for Research Support

Prof. Al-Swailem is the Vice-President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology for Scientific Research Support, as well as Chairperson of the National Committee of Bioethics (NCBE), Saudi Arabia. Previously, he served as Director of the Natural Resources and Environment Research Institute for ten years. Furthermore, he served as Chairperson of the Biotechnology Research Center, Arab Committee of Ethics of Science and Technology, and as the Chairperson of the International Governmental Bioethics Committee-UNESCO (2009-2011). Prof. Al-Swailem has also contributed in numerous research projects in fields of Genomics, Proteomics and Biosafety; and serves as chair and member of several national and International boards and committees. Also, he served as consultant with WIPO and UNESCO.

Prof. Al-Swailem completed his doctorate at Sheffield University, UK, in the field of Biotechnology and genetic engineering and has authored numerous scientific reports and articles in the area of biotechnology, genetic engineering and Bioethics. Prof. Al-Swailem has also lectured in several national and international symposia and conferences.