Prof. Abdulrahman Obaid Al-Youbi
is the President of King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and the President of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of KAU since 2016. He is a Professor of Chemistry at KAU since 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Essex University, UK in 1986. Throughout his career, Prof. Al-Youbi is an active researcher in his specialization, a passionate teacher, an academic and administrator. He participated in many research projects and published more than 150 papers in ranked scientific journals. He also supervised many graduate students. He has held a variety of Academic Administrative positions at KAU such as In (2015-2016), he was Acting President of both KAU and Jeddah University, Vice President for Academic Affairs (2009-2016), Vice President (2002- 2009), Dean of the Faculty of Science (1999-2002), Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science (1992 -1999), and Chairman of the Chemistry Department. As President of KAU, Prof. Al-Youbi has devoted his position to strengthen excellence in academics and research with a dedication to develop an innovative culture. Through President Al-Youbi’s leadership, KAU has remained the top university, not only in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but also in the Arab World. His current focus is on expanding KAU’s leadership by continuing to build on its long-standing strengths in education, research, entrepreneurship and Community Service to the people of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. President Al-Youbi participated in more than eighty committees, boards, teams and working groups at KAU as well as at Saudi Ministry of Education level. In particular, he has participated in the committees that have established new universities in the Kingdom, (Taiba University, Jazan University, Tabuk University, and the Northern Border University). He has also attended many scientific conferences in the Kingdom and abroad. In addition to his membership in the first formation of the University Affairs Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Adnan Hamza Mohammad Zahed is Consultant to the President of King Abdulaziz University (KAU) since 2016 and the Secretary- General of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of KAU since 2010. He was the KAU Vice President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research (2009-2016), and worked before that as Dean of Graduate Studies (2007-2009), and before that, he was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (1997-2007). Prof. Zahed is a full professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at KAU since 1996. He also worked in the industry sector as General Supervisor (Consultant) in Saudi Badrah Company (Jeddah, KSA, 1995-1996), Deputy General Manager at Savola Food Company in Jeddah (1993-1995), and Deputy CEO of Tasali Company (Jeddah). He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA (1976), and a M.S (1979) and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of California (Davis), USA (1982). He published eleven books most of them in higher education, and more than 60 papers in international conferences and refereed journals, in addition to one patent and more than 75 technical reports written for many bodies of Saudi community. He also participated as a co-author of several University Guides such as the Graduate Studies Guide, Applicable Theses Guide, Thesis Writing Guide, Graduate Studies Procedure Guide, Faculty of Engineering Prospectus and Annual Report of Research Activities in Faculty of Engineering. Prof. Zahed was included in Marquis (Who's Who in the World 2006). He participated in four academic accreditation meetings in USA, and in more than 25 local and international conferences, symposia and forums. Prof. Zahed visited a number of distinguished American, European and Asian universities as a delegate of the Saudi Ministry of Education.
Prof. Abdullah Atalar received his B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1974 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1976 and 1978, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1978 to 1980, he was first a Postdoctoral Fellow and later an Engineering Research Associate at Stanford University. For about one year, he worked in Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto. From 1980 to 1986, he was on the faculty of the Middle East Technical University as an Assistant Professor. In 1983, on leave from the University, he worked for Ernst Leitz Wetzlar (now Leica) in Wetzlar, Germany. In 1986, he joined the Bilkent University as the chairman of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department and served in the founding of the Department where he is currently a Professor. In 1995, he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. From 1996 to 2010, he was the Provost of Bilkent University. He is presently the Rector of the same university. Between 2004 and 2011, he served as a member of the Science Board of TUBITAK.
His current research interests include microwave electronics and micromachined sensors. He was awarded the Science Award of the Turkish Scientific Research Council (TUBITAK) in 1994. He has been a member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences since 1997 and a Fellow of IEEE since 2007. Professor Atalar is a member of the KAU IAB.