Samer Samman has been appointed effective May 1, 2020, as the Chief Human Resources Officer of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
Samer joined KAUST in 2015 as an Investment Manager in
the Innovation Fund within the Innovation & Economic Development department. He has
over 18 years of experience which brings a great variety of operations, investment, and
business experience having worked in a number of different industries both outside of
Human Resources and KAUST, both locally and internationally including Saudi Aramco and
Cargill. Samer has held a number of positions within KAUST Human Resources function
including Manager of HR support services and Director of People Services, a key position
that interfaces and has an impact right across KAUST overseeing all people activities
including recruitment, relocation, employee services, and HR systems and technology.
Samer serves as an independent director in the
compensation & nomination committee and the investment committee of a publicly
listed company on the Saudi Stock Exchange. He also served as board member and observer
on several startup companies.
Samer has a BA of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master's
degree in Public Administration, Economic Policy Management from Columbia