Dr. Najah Y. Ashry

Vice President, Saudi Affairs

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Dr. Najah Y. Ashry is the Vice President for Saudi Affairs at KAUST.

In 2008, Dr. Ashry was appointed founding Assistant Provost for Graduate Affairs at KAUST, where she worked with the management team and other professionals to develop the strategic vision and plans for the Student Affairs division, including admissions, enrollment management, registration, student life services, student development and support, and scholarship programs. In 2011, she was made Vice President of the Saudi Initiatives organization, which supports the University in implementing its vision for advancing a knowledge economy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Ashry has a bachelor's in computer science, an MBA, a post-graduate diploma in quantitative and qualitative research methods and a PhD in Management Information Systems, with a focus on strategic development and planning. She began her academic career as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah. In 2003, she was appointed assistant professor of Management Information Systems.

Prior to assuming her position with KAUST, Dr. Ashry served as head of the female section at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As Dean of the Women‘s Section, she provided vision and strategic direction to two campuses, nine colleges and faculties, seven deanships, and a number of centers, institutions, and administrations.

In her time at KAU, Dr. Ashry served in many key roles, including Chair of the Accounting Department for the female section, Vice Dean of Admissions and Registration, and Director of the Information Technology Center for the female section.

A hallmark of Dr. Ashry’s work has been her focus on strategic development and planning, particularly in the areas of higher education, MIS, the intersection of communication technology and society, and the management of intellectual resources. She has served on numerous key national and international boards, including as a member of the Board of Directors for the Center of Planning & Strategic Studies for the Principality of Makkah Region; the KAU University Board; Albayaan Educational Board; Women National Committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers; the Saudi Management Association- Western Province; the Knowledge and Business Alliance Board; and the Dow Chemical Company Sustainability External Advisory Council.

​Education Profile
  • Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Bradford, United Kingdom, 2002
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Research Methods, University of Bradford, 2002
  • M.S., Business Administration, Seattle University, United States, 1991
  • B.S., Computer Science, Seattle University, United States, 1989
Professional Profile
  • 2007–2008: Dean of Female Campus, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2004–2007: Vice Dean of Admission and Registration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2005–2006: Deputy Director, Information Technology Center, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2003–2004: Chairwoman, Accounting Department, Women‘s Section, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2003-present: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • 1992–2002: Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
Scientific and Professional Memberships
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), United States
  • Member, IEEE, Computer Society
  • Member, British Computer Society, Requirements Engineering Specialist Group
  • Certified Internal Auditor for QMS (ISO 9000-2000), International Register of Certificated Auditors
  • Member, Saudi Management Society
Awards and Recognition
  • His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Sultan‘s Academic Achievement Award, 1991
  • HRH Prince Bandar bin Sultan‘s Academic Excellence Prize, 1989-1991
  • Beta Gamma Sigma honor society membership, 1991
  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Academic Excellence Award, 1983-1991
  • President‘s List and Dean‘s List honors during undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
​Dr. Najah Y. Ashry

Vice President, Saudi Initiative

4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Thuwal 23955-6900

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia