Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem is the chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority.
Al-Swailem received Peter Mehravari, who serves as the US intellectual property (IP) attache for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on Wednesday in Riyadh.
During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of collaboration in the field of intellectual property and ways of developing and enhancing them.
Al-Swailem holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK in biotechnology and genetic engineering. He has carried out research in genomics, peritomics, biosafety and genetic modification.
He served as an adviser at the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as at UNESCO.
He has been vice president for Scientific Research Support at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology since 2009. He served as a supervisor at the Institute of Natural Resources and Environmental Research for 10 years.
He chaired the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (UNESCO) during 2009-2011; he also chaired the National Bioethics Committee (NCBE) as well as the supervisory committee for the preparation of the strategic plan for traffic safety.
Al-Swailem was on the board of directors at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, and on the board of directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission.