Our team

Office of the Vice President

Tristan Walker

Acting Vice President,
Innovation & Economic Development

About Walker 

Rebekah Kapfer

Marketing & Outreach Manager

Salah Alenazi

Business & Finance Manager

Catherine Montiano

Executive Secretary

Lauratu Osu

Marketing Associate

Cristina Romento

Graphics Designer

Alaa Bagadeem

Financial Analyst

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 & the park


Omar Khasawneh

Business Development Specialist

Omar Kutbi

Industry Relations Officer

Reem Philby

Business Operations Officer

Manal Alotaibi

Logistics Support Associate

Belal Fayad

Acting, KICP Affairs Manager

Hashim Al Zain

Business Development Specialist

Loay Alfi

Manager, Business Development

Marcus Lentz

Business Development Specialist

Bayan Ahmed

Program Coordinator

Amr AlThagafi

Commercial Officer – Real Estate

Norani Nordin

Planning and Program Analyst

Eyad Kutbi

Manager, Planning and Development

Saira Baksh


Khaled Hallak

Industry Account Officer

Farhan Al-Shahrani

Manager, Commercial Real Estate & Tenant

Entrepreneurship Center

Contact us about

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

Gordon McConnell

Entrepreneurship Center


Abdulrahman Al Jiffry

New Ventures Associate

Amal Dokhan

Program Development Coordinator

Hattan Ahmed

New Ventures Development Officer

Jerry Faldas

Team Admin

Nikolaos Tsorpatzidis

Start Up Coordinator

Innovation Fund

Contact us about

  • Investing in startups
  • Pitching a business plan

Nicola Bettio

Innovation Fund 


Tamer Osman

Investment Manager

Samer Samman

Investment Associate

Technology Transfer Office

Contact us about

  • Licensing KAUST technology
  • Reporting an invention

Ian Proctor

 Technology Transfer Office

Winsome Dunn

Patent and Contracts Manager

Saif Mohamed

Sr. Technology Portfolio Manager

Nisreen Mostareeh

Licensing Associate

Saida Djebili

Licensing Associate

Haifa Al Mayman

IP& Contracts Coordinator

Jassica Eid

Technology Portfolio Manager

Halah Dokhan

IP& Database Assistant

Ghofran Saad

Technology Transfer Coordinator

Tamer Shahin

Project Engineer