Dr. Teofilo Abrajano

Chief of Staff to the President

In his previous role as the director of the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at KAUST,  he consolidated the internal research funding, grants management and evaluation functions under one roof, and designed the center competitive and center partnership funding framework.

He also developed new research partnership programs including in-Kingdom university and ministry partnerships, crosscutting strategic themes such as the sensor program, and allied KAUST to high-profile partners including the Frontiers Program of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Belmont Forum, a consortium of over two dozen funding agencies worldwide.

Prior to KAUST, Jun was with the U.S. National Science Foundation, where he was division director of Earth Sciences and acting deputy assistant director of the GEO Directorate.