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Sulaiman M. Al-Thunayan

Vice President, Government Affairs

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​Mr. Sulaiman Al-Thunayan joined KAUST in 2008 with the Government Affairs. He brought with him extensive experience in operational leadership, resource utilization and organizational development in distinguished government organizations.

As a professional, he has studied Education & Literature, Computer & Information and Public Relations & Media within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In 1983, Mr. Thunayan started his career with Saudi Arabia Standard Organization as a Director General of Public Relations and Publicity. During his tenure between 1983 and 2008, he has served different highly reputed organizations in the capacity of Director General of Media & Public Relations – GCC Standardization Authority; Director General of Public Relations and Publicity – King Abdulaziz Quality Award; Editor-in-Chief of Saudi Building Code Magazine; and Editor-in-Chief of Consumer & Quality Magazine.

Currently, under his leadership, Government Affairs and Security Department heads are reporting to him. Both departments are consists of 350+ manpower headcount. As a valuable member of different committees and organizations within KAUST and in-Kingdom, Mr. Thunayan is playing a vital role in the KAUST Community Advisory Committee and KAUST Land Use Committee.

His major achievements, during the last six years in KAUST include developing a unique and exceptional service to serve KAUST staff, faculty & student eventually achieving the KAUST ultimate vision and mission; establishing a highly motivated team with exceptional skills to meet the university demand and customer satisfaction; establishing strong business relations with government officials by sharing knowledge and KAUST context; improving the Government systems and procedures for chemical clearance and its critical relationship to the success of research at KAUST and in the Kingdom; implementing new solutions for building national good practice to become a sustainable law in the Kingdom.

​Education Profile

  • Bachelor of Science –King Saud University in Riyadh
  • Diploma of Computer and Information Sciences –USA
  • Diploma of International Data Exchange Services –UK
  • Diploma of Public Relations & Information from Riaydh
  • Diploma of Executive Management –UAE

Professional Profile

  • Office Director of Standardization Board –GCC
  • General Director, Public Relations & Information , King Abdulaziz Quality Award
  • General Director, Public Relations & Information, National Committee of Saudi Building Code.
  • Chief Editor – Saudi Building Code
  • Director, Government Relations – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (2008)
  • Director, Government Affairs – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • General Director, Government Affairs – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Executive Director, Government Affairs – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Vice President, Government Affairs – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Sulaiman M. Al-Thunayan

Vice President, Government Affairs

4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Thuwal 23955-6900

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia