​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Board Members from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi
Advisor to the Royal Court;
Chairman, KAUST Board of Trustees

His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

His Royal Highness Prince Mansour bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

His Excellency Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih​
Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources;
Chairman of the Board of Saudi Aramco
Vice-Chairman, KAUST Board of Trustees

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

His Excellency Mohammed Al-Mady
President, Military Industries Corporation

Mr. Amin H. Nasser
President and CEO, Saudi Aramco

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

Mr. Mohammed A. Jameel
President, Abdullatif Jameel Group

International Board Members

Mr. Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Professor Jean-Lou Chameau
President, KAUST

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

Dr. Mohamed El-Erian
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz SE

Professor Alice P. Gast
President, Imperial College

Mr. Andrew Gould
Former Chairman and CEO, Schlumberger

Dr. Karen Holbrook
Interim President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Nam Pyo Suh
Cross Professor, Emeritus, MIT; former President, KAIST

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

Professor Henry Yang
Chancellor, University of California Santa Barbara

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; President Emeritus, MIT