H.E Dr Munir M. Eldesouki - President
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia

H.E Dr Munir M. Eldesouki is Assistant Minister at Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

His 20+ years of experience spans the spheres of R&D, Innovation, ICT and Digitization, where he played influential roles at different levels as seasoned researcher, inventor and leader setting national strategies, driving execution and shaping R&D and innovation ecosystem of Saudi Arabia. He holds over 20 patents, and is the winner of many innovation-related awards.

Besides his C-level positions in the Saudi government including Deputy of Planning and Development at MCIT, Dr Eldesouki led several research institutes and programs with international collaborators from the US, UK, Switzerland, Canada, China, South Africa, Belarus, Egypt and others from both private and public sectors.

He also headed a nanotechnology center of excellence in collaboration with IBM Zurich, Yorktown and Almaden in the fields of renewable energy. Additionally he held multiple academic and fellowship positions at several universities in USA and Canada including UCSB, University of Toronto and McMaster University.

In recognition of his scientific excellence, he received several scholarships and awards from international institutions and companies such as the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Xerox Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship, and the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation.

Dr Eldesouki holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from KFUPM in Saudi Arabia and a master degree in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation from McMaster University in Canada, where he also attained his PhD degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering.