Our team

Office of the Senior Vice President

Jean M.J. Fréchet

Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
About Fréchet

Marketing & Outreach

Rebekah Kapfer

Marketing & Outreach Manager

Cristina Romento

Creative Services

Business & Finance

Salah Alenazi

Business & Finance Manager

Alaa Bagadeem

Financial Analyst


Catherine Montiano

Executive Secretary

Industry Partnership & the Park 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

Imad Abukhalaf

Industry Partnership Office & The Park


Business Development

Loay Alfi

Manager, Business Development

Belal Fayad

Manager, KICP Affairs 

Marcus Lentz

Business Development Specialist

Hashim Al Zain

Business Development Specialist

Omar Khasawneh

Business Development Specialist

Bayan Ahmed

Program Coordinator

Industry Relations

Jeffrey M. Bissette

KICP Officer

Manal Alotaibi

Logistics Support Associate

Khaled Hallak

Partner Relations Officer

Reem Philby

Business Operations Officer

Partners Affairs

Farhan Al-Shahrani

Manager, Partner Affairs

Amr AlThagafi

KRTP Commercial Officer

Norani Nordin

Partner Relations Coordinator

Omar Kutbi

Tenant Relations Officer


Saira Baksh


Entrepreneurship Center

Contact us about

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


Abdulrahman Al Jiffry

Educational Program Development Officer

Arwa Shafi

Innovation Academy Associate

Hattan Ahmed

Entrepreneurship Collaboration Manager

Jerry Faldas

Team Admin

Nikolaos Tsorpatzidis

Startup Coordinator

Innovation Fund

Contact us about

  • Investing in startups
  • Pitching a business plan

Nicola Bettio

Innovation Fund 


Samer Samman

Investment Manager

Tamer Osman

Investment Manager

Francois Pichot

Investment Manager

Enaam Tamboosi

Portfolio Coordination Analyst

Technology Commercialization

Contact us about

  • Licensing KAUST technology
  • Reporting an invention

Mardson Q. McQuay

Acting Director,
Technology Commercialization


Technology Portfolio

Nisreen Mostareeh

Technology Portfolio Manager

Saida Djebili

Technology Portfolio Manager

Jessica Eid

Technology Portfolio Manager

Ghofran Saad

Technology Transfer Coordinator

IP, Patents & Contracts

Winsome Dunn

IP, Patent and Contracts Manager

Haifa Al Mayman

IP& Contracts Coordinator

Halah Dokhan

IP& Database Assistant

Technology Development

Tamer Shahin

Project Engineer