Our team

Office of the Vice President

Kevin Cullen

Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development

Catherine Montiano

Executive Secretary

Commercial Legal

Francesco Fotea

Commercial Director

Operations & Strategy

Mark Hull

Operations & Strategy Manager

Marketing & Outreach

Aurelie Arsouze

Innovation Marketing Manager

Sara Brady

Senior Graphic Designer

Malak Sabahi

Graphic Designer

Lama Kattan

Graphic Designer

Bashayer Waly

Digital Media Associate

Dina Soufi

Marketing Specialist

Maha Alharbi

Digital Marketing Specialist

Wanyi Li

Marketing Assistant 

Elise O’Connor

Content Marketing Specialist

Business & Finance

Salah Alenazi

Business & Finance Manager

Hattan M. Ahmed

Business Analyst

KAUST Research & Technology Park

Nawaf Al Gain

KAUST Research & Technology Park Manager

Reem Philby

KAUST Research & Technology Park Account Officer

Norani Nordin

KAUST Research & Technology Park Account Specialist

Zyad Kamaki

KAUST Research & Technology Park Operations Specialist

Enass Dahman

Administrative Assistant

Ahmad Bohliqa

KAUST Research & Technology Park Operations Officer

SME innovation services

Sami Sarhan

Head, SME Innovation Services

Omar Kutbi

SME Engagement Manager

Osama Madkhali

SME Program Coordinator

Arwa Hammad

SME Engagement Officer

Strategic Innovation Partnerships Office

  • Contact us about

    • Joining our industry collaboration program
    • Hiring KAUST graduates and students
    • Conducting corporate R&D at KAUST 
    • Establishing physical presence at the KAUST Research & Technology Park

Sami Sarhan

Acting Head of Innovation Partnerships


Amjad Ashri

Innovation Partnerships Manager

Maaz Khawaji

Innovation Partnerships Specialist

Belal Fayad

Innovation Partnership Manager

Rana Bashmail

Events/Logistics Coordinator

Manal Alotaibi

Innovation Partnerships Coordinator

Entrepreneurship Center

Contact us about

  • Corporate innovation programs
  • Business plan development
  • Accelerators and mentorship

Hattan Ahmed

Head of the Entrepreneurship Center


Abdulrahman Al Jiffry

Educational Program Development Officer

Arwa Shafi

Program Associate

Nikolaos Tsorpatzidis

Startup Coordinator

Jerry Faldas

Team Admin

Bülent Erbilgin

Visiting Professor

Dawood K. Mohanna

Online Learner Experience Consultant

Haitham R. Alhumsi

Online Learning Manager

Roberto Ciaramaria

Data and Business Analyst

Ali Alahmari

Startup Coordinator

Maryam Barradh

Startup Coordinator

Lama Hakem

Training Associate

Mohamad B. Alwan

Financial Startup Analyst 

Hibah Y. Atiah

Online Content Associate

Nisha S. Mani

Operations Specialist

Aseel Banjar

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Bashayer Hindi

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Rahaf Alrashidi

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Lamaa Ghryani

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Jeffery M. Ahmed

Startup Incubator Lead

Innovation Fund

Contact us about

  • Investing in startups
  • Pitching a business plan
  • Contact

Francesco Fotea

Acting Innovation Fund Head

Francois Pichot

Investment Manager

Enaam Tamboosi

Portfolio Coordination Analyst

Nadine Mojadidi

Financial Analyst

Asim Danish

Business Advisory Manager 

Technology Commercialization

Contact us about

  • Licensing KAUST technology
  • Reporting an invention

Sean Flanigan

Director of Technology Transfer


Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari

Center Liaison Officer KCC

Technology Discovery

Kok Yong

Senior Technology Portfolio Manager

Hind Al-Johani

Technology Portfolio Manager

Nisreen Mostareeh

Technology Portfolio Manager

Saida Djebili

Technology Portfolio Manager

Haifa Al Mayman

IP & Contracts Coordinator

Halah Dokhan

IP & Contracts Coordinator

Technology Development

Gary Rubin

Senior Technology Development Manager

Warren Duffy

Technology Development Specialist

Omar Khasawneh

Technology Development Specialist

Jeffrey Bissette

Technology Development Specialist

Vincent Cunningham

Technology Development Specialist

Technology Deployment

Riddhi Shukla

Technology Deployment Manager

Salahud Din

Technology Deployment Specialist

Hadi Zulfiqar

Technology Deployment Specialist