Our team

Office of the Vice President

Kevin Cullen

Vice President for Innovation
and Economic Development

Catherine Montiano

Executive Secretary

Dr. Kevin Cullen was appointed as Vice President for Innovation at KAUST in 2018. Kevin is a leader in global innovation with expertise in both economic development and industrial engagement. As Vice President of KAUST Innovation, he leads the University’s intellectual property portfolio, help create and support new businesses, joint ventures, and collaborations with industry partners, and continue to foster a strong culture of entrepreneurship in the Kingdom.

Dr. Cullen has over 20 years of experience in academic innovation and business development. Throughout his career he has helped elevate university-based innovation enterprises that have led to the launch of more than 250 startup companies as well as numerous products and services.

Prior to joining KAUST, Kevin spent six years as CEO of Innovations at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He helped transform UNSW from a traditional commercialization unit into an innovation hub by supporting a broad range of university priorities including economic development and social impact.

Commercial & Legal

Francesco Fotea

Commercial Director

Operations & Strategy

Mark Hull

Head, Operations & Strategy

Marketing & Outreach

Aurelie Arsouze

Marketing Manager Innovation

Sara Brady

Senior Graphic Designer

Malak Sabahi

Senior Creative Designer

Lama Kattan

Graphic Designer

Dina Soufi

Marketing Specialist

Wanyi Li

Marketing Assistant 

Elise O’Connor

Content Marketing Lead

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 Officer

Zyad Kamakhi

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

Sami Sarhan

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

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

Hattan Ahmed

Entrepreneurship Director

Contact us about

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

Jerry Faldas

Team Admin

Nisha S. Mani

Operations Specialist

Startup Accelerator

Abdulrahman Al Jiffry

Startup Accelerator Manager

Arwa Shafi

Startup Accelerator Lead

Maryam Barradh

Startup Associate

Mohamad B. Alwan

Financial Startup Analyst 

Omar Khasawneh

Startup Incubation Lead

Rahaf Alrashidi

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Aseel Banjar

Events & Logistics Coordinator


Haitham R. Alhumsi

Online Learning Manager

Ali M. Siddiqui

Business Systems Specialist

Dawood K. Mohanna

Online Learner Experience Consultant

Hibah Y. Atiah

Innovation Associate

Bashayer Hindi

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Jeffery M. Ahmed

Ideation Programs Lead


Lama Hakem

Educational Programs Lead

Bülent Erbilgin

Visiting Professor

Wesley D. Sine

Visiting Faculty

Kenneth C. Singer

Visiting Faculty

Lamaa Ghryani

Events & Logistics Coordinator

Innovation Ventures

Gary Rubin

Acting 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 

Salem Alyafie

Startup Services Centre Manager 

Abdulrahman Khogeer

Startup Services Center Coordinator 

Ehab Abbas

Business Planning Advisor

Yuan Yuan

Office Business Administrator

Technology Commercialization

Sean Flanigan

Director of Technology Transfer

Contact us about

  • Licensing KAUST technology
  • Reporting an invention

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

Technology Development

Gary Rubin

Senior Technology Development Manager

Warren Duffy

Technology Development Specialist

Vincent Cunningham

Technology Development Specialist

Jeffrey Bissette

Technology Development Specialist

Technology Deployment

Riddhi Shukla

Technology Deployment Manager

Salahud Din

Technology Deployment Specialist

Hadi Zulfiqar

Technology Deployment Specialist

Sreenivasa Rao Gubba

Research Scientist

Ramela Wells

Office Business Administrator

Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari

Center Liaison Officer KCC