A key person involved in the development of the Saudi Arabia downstream industry
Company: King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST)
Biography: Mohammed al-Suwaiyel’s mandate is to ensure Saudi Arabia’s downstream industry is supplied with adequate numbers of science and technology graduates. He has a degree in general engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM).
Al-Suwaiyel has a master’s degree and doctorate in computer science from the US’ University of Southern California. As one of Saudi Arabia’s foremost academics, Al-Suwaiyel has worked at KFUPM as chairman of the systems engineering department, chairman of computer science department and dean of the computer science and engineering college.
In 1991, Al-Suwaiyel moved to KACST, where he served as vice-president for research institutes. In 2003-07, he was governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission, the kingdom’s telecoms regulator. Al-Suwaiyel assumed his current role in 2007.
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