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Office of the Vice President


Interim Vice President, Innovation

​Ian Campbell is the Interim VP, Innovation and Executive Director of Special Projects – Office of President. He collaborates with the University researchers and leadership to help accelerate the digital economy in the Kingdom. He also supports the University’s forward vision to leverage KAUST science and innovation to make an impact beyond the walls of the campus itself, and to create collaborations and identify opportunities where KAUST can contribute by convening minds and resources together to deliver solutions to benefit the wider Kingdom and beyond.

Career before joining KAUST: Executive Chair of Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, in 2020. He also directed Health and Life Sciences. Led the initiative to secure Covid-19 response package from the British government in 2020, to support thousands of UK businesses to survive and thrive through the pandemic. Ian has extensive entrepreneurial and business experience in the healthcare sector. Before Innovate UK, he was CEO of Arquer Diagnostics, which focuses on bladder and prostate cancer diagnosis. Before this, he spent 15 years in a variety of executive management roles within the health and life science sector. He was recognized in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s New Year Honors List and was appointed officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to innovation.

Operations & Strategy

Noor Fianti

Head, Operations & Strategic Initiatives

Business & Finance

Hadeel Al-Sulaimany

Business & Finance Manager

Hattan M. Ahmed

Business Analyst

Amal Eleuch

Business and Finance Coordinator

Marketing & Outreach

Aurelie Arsouze

Head, Innovation Marketing

Sara Brady

Senior Graphic Designer

Malak Sabahi

Creative Lead

Amirah Alqahtani

Digital Marketing Specialist

Rahaf Aljammal

Social Media Producer

Dina Al-Qawasmeh

Marketing Project Specialist

Bayan Qashqari

Marketing and Communications Specialist

KAUST Research & Technology Park

Reem Philby

Acting Head, KAUST Research & Technology Park Tenants Affairs

Norani Nordin

KAUST Research & Technology Park Account Specialist

Zyad Kamakhi

KAUST Research & Technology Park Operations Specialist

Enass Dahman

Tenant Relations Officer

Ahmad Bohliqa

KAUST Research & Technology Park Operations Officer

Ahmed Mohammed Jeffery

KAUST Research and Technology Park Account Specialist

SME innovation services

Strategic Innovation Partnerships Office

Sami Sarhan

Head, SME Innovation Services
Acting Head of Innovation Partnerships

Contact us about

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

Omar Kutbi

SME Engagement Manager

Osama Madkhali

SME Program Coordinator

Abdulrahman Khogeer

SME Program Coordinator

Maaz Khawaji

KICP Manager

Maha Aljahdali

KICP Officer

Belal Fayad

Industry Engagement Manager

Manal Alotaibi

Business Development Coordinator

Fatima Alkhalaf

Business Administrator

Entrepreneurship Center

Hattan Ahmed

Entrepreneurship Director

Contact us about

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

Jerry Faldas

Team Admin

Blanche Baganda

Admin Assistant

Startup Accelerator

Arwa Shafi

Startup Accelerator Lead

Maryam Barradh

Startup Associate

Rahaf Alrashidi

Startup Data Analyst

Omar Khasawneh

Startup Incubation Lead

Mohamad B. Alwan

Financial Startup Analyst 

Aseel Banjar

Program Associate

Salem Alyafie

Startup Service Center Manager 


Haitham R. Alhumsi

Online Learning Manager

Ali M. Siddiqui

Business Systems Specialist

Dawood K. Mohanna

Digital Experience Specialist

Hibah Y. Atiah

Innovation Associate

Bashayer Hindi

Learning Systems Analyst

Alhasan H. Naita

Events & Logistics Coordinator


Lama Hakem

Educational Programs Lead

Bülent Erbilgin

Visiting Professor

Kenneth C. Singer

Visiting Faculty

Lamaa Ghryani

Events & Logistics Associate

Innovation Ventures

Gary Rubin

Head, KAUST Innovation Ventures

Contact us about

  • Investing in startups
  • Pitching a business plan

Francois Pichot

Investment Manager

Enaam Tamboosi

Portfolio Coordination Analyst

Nadine Mojadidi

Financial Analyst

Asim Danish

Business Advisory Manager 

Ehab Abbas

Business Planning Advisor

Maryam Mohammed

Admin Assistant

Malak Alotaibi

Financial Analyst

Nisrin Albakri

Investment Manager

Technology Commercialization

Sean Flanigan

Director of Technology Transfer

Contact us about

  • Licensing KAUST technology
  • Reporting an invention

Technology Discovery

Kok Yong

Head, Technology Portfolio

Hind Al-Johani

Technology Portfolio Manager

Saida Djebili

Technology Portfolio Manager

Haifa Al Mayman

IP, Patent & Contracts Manager

Wasiu Afolabi

Technology Portfolio Manager

Technology Development

Izaro Lopez Garcia

Head, Technology Development

Jeffrey Bissette

Technology Development Specialist

Warren Duffy

Technology Development Specialist

Salahud Din

Technology Development Specialist

Technology Deployment

Riddhi Shukla

Head, Technology Deployment

Hadi Zulfiqar

Technology Deployment Specialist

Nisreen Mostareeh

Technology Deployment Specialist