King Abdullah Port appoints Rayan Qutub as CEO

Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port.
Updated 08 December 2017

King Abdullah Port appoints Rayan Qutub as CEO

The Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, has announced the appointment of Rayan Qutub as the chief executive officer. The board of directors welcomed the new CEO who will contribute to supporting and developing the port’s activities as well as fostering the port’s achievements over the past years.
“I am very honored by the confidence placed in me by the Ports Development Company’s board of directors,” said Qutub. “I look forward to collaborating with the King Abdullah Port team members and the relevant authorities in order to continue achieving the success of this vital national facility that was designed and implemented to keep up with the Kingdom’s commercial and economic growth in the coming decades.”
He added: “We will work to strengthen the port’s capabilities to ensure that it continues to contribute effectively to the Kingdom’s renaissance and prosperity while fulfilling the desired role in achieving the logistics vision through the contribution and partnership of the private sector in achieving Vision 2030.”
Qutub’s experience spans over 22 years in many fields and with major regional and international companies such as Savola, Unilever and Emaar The Economic City. Prior to joining King Abdullah Port, Qutub served as the CEO of King Abdullah Economic City’s Industrial Valley. During that period, KAEC Industrial Valley became an ideal destination for local and international industrial and logistics companies, attracting more than 120 leading companies in the pharmaceutical, food, logistics, automotive, construction and packaging sectors. Other achievements included developing the infrastructure of more than 30-square-kilometer and launching numerous initiatives in cooperation with relevant government agencies.
Prior to this, Qutub was responsible for KAEC’s business development in several projects, such as the development of residential districts, medical institutions and educational institutions, including The World Academy.
Qutub graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors, and attended several executive education programs in leadership, real estate and economic development with top universities such as Oxford, Harris-Stowe State and Harvard.
The board of directors extended its thanks and appreciation to Abdullah Hameedadin, former managing director at the Ports Development Company, for his valuable efforts over the past years.

KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

Updated 17 December 2018

KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) awarded 243 master’s degree and Ph.D. candidates with their diplomas during its ninth commencement ceremony on the KAUST campus on Friday. 

The ceremony was presided over by members of the KAUST Board of Trustees, including Board Chairman Khalid A. Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources and chairman of Saudi Aramco, and attended by senior KAUST leadership and faculty members. 

Commencement 2018 highlights included the official inauguration of KAUST’s third president, Dr. Tony Chan, and conferral of the university’s first honorary doctoral degree to Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former chairman of the KAUST board of trustees, former minister of petroleum and mineral resources and commencement 2018 speaker. The event also included remarks by 2018 student speaker and KAUST Ph.D. graduate Nada Aljassim, the first KAUST Gifted Student Program participant to receive her Ph.D. from the university. 

In his chairman’s address, Al-Falih said the event was “an occasion … to mark a number of milestones and celebrations … In the past year alone, KAUST has … achieved important advances in research, education, innovation and talent, all while making an impact … in Saudi Arabia and globally.” 

“KAUST has taken its place on the world’s scientific and academic landscape,” Al-Naimi said. “Ideas and innovations (from KAUST) … make a difference when they soar above our nation and around the world.” 

“As a university, we are looking forward to our next decade,” said President Chan, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees for seven years. “In my new position, I am really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge and becoming engaged with Saudi society in general.” 

President Chan noted one aim of his presidency is “to align KAUST’s mission with the Kingdom’s priorities — and in particular Vision 2030. The Kingdom is moving to diversifying the economy and toward innovation and technology, which align with KAUST.” 

Chan said: “We have formed a NEOM Center of Excellence at KAUST with the express purpose of working together with NEOM. One of our senior faculty members, Professor Carlos Duarte, is on the advisory board for the Red Sea Project. We have a KAUST Red Sea Research Center and we are located next to the Red Sea, which is a treasure for the Kingdom. We consider it one of our missions to support the projects going on in the Kingdom.” 

“KAUST is still very young, but we see ourselves as contributing to the innovation and economic development of the country and the development of human talent,” he added.