FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Koshak, dean of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the dean of the MBSC
Updated 20 May 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Koshak, dean of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

  • Koshak was appointed in January 2017
  • Koshak is also the former director of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU

Inspired by Vision 2030, the goal of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship is to promote entrepreneurial activities and ecosystems in the Kingdom.

It is Saudi Arabia’s first institute of higher learning specializing in leadership and entrepreneurial development. Established in 2016, the MBSC is located at the King Abdullah Economic City near Jeddah. 

Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the dean of the MBSC. He was appointed in January 2017. He is the former president of Al-Baha University and the former vice president for Business and Innovation of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU).

Koshak is also the former director of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU, and the former chairman of the board of directors of Transportation and Crowd Management Innovation Center.

He is also the co-founder and former general supervisor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at UQU, and the co-founder and the vice chairman of the board of directors of Wadi Makkah Co., a platform for launching startup companies in various sectors.

Koshak received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from UQU in Makkah in 1993, and his master’s degree from Colorado Denver University in 1997. He also has a Ph.D. in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. 

He joined Harvard’s executive education programs in Development Finance Program (2014). 

Koshak is a member of the board of directors of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), a member of the executive committee of King Faisal International Prize, and a member of the board of directors of Oqal (Angel Investors Network) Jeddah branch.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.