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    KAUST board of trustees

    The KAUST Board of Trustees comprises international leaders in academia, science, finance, industry and public life.

    In accordance with the charter, members of this fully independent, self-perpetuating body gather at least three times a year to oversee the University’s activities and monitor its progress and development. Trustees “shall embody wise and responsible governance and supervision, and shall contribute to this pioneering endeavor and promote the spirit of creativity the University represents.”

    The Board appoints the President of KAUST and approves the appointment of senior administrators and faculty members, upon recommendation of the President. It is responsible for approving rules that regulate academic, financial and administrative affairs at the University, and for providing support to the officers who manage day-to-day operations at KAUST.

    The current members of the KAUST Board of Trustees are:

    His Excellency Minister Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi
    Chairman, KAUST Board of Trustees
    Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah
    Advisor Royal Court, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Mohammed Ali
    President, Islamic Development Bank

    His Excellency Dr. Khaled Al-Sultan
    Rector and CEO
    King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

    Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni
    President, Global Research and Development, Sanofi

    Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer
    Director General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

    Professor Jean-Lou Chameau
    President, KAUST

    Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman
    President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology
    Princeton University

    Mr. Khalid Al-Falih
    President and CEO, Saudi Aramco

    Mr. Andrew Gould
    Chairman, BG Group

    Mr. Mohammed A. Jameel
    President, Abdullatif Jameel Group

    Ms. Lubna S. Olayan
    Deputy Chairperson and CEO, Olayan Financing Company

    Professor Alice Gast
    President, Imperial College

    Dr. Nam Pyo Suh
    Cross Professor, Emeritus, M.I.T. and former President, KAIST

    Professor Tony Chan
    President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Mohammed Al-Mady
    Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC

    Professor Henry Yang
    Chancellor, University of California Santa Barbara

    Dr. Karen Holbrook
    Senior Advisor to the President, University of South Florida

    Mohamed El-Erian
    Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz SE

    Mr. William F. Stamm
    Secretary, KAUST Board of Trustees

    Emeritus Trustees

    Professor Frank H.T. Rhodes
    President Emeritus, Cornell University

    Dr. Charles M. Vest
    President Emeritus, NAE and President Emeritus, MIT