King Faisal Foundation to host winners’ lectures

Updated 01 March 2015
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King Faisal Foundation to host winners’ lectures

King Faisal Foundation is hosting a series of lectures by the winners of King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) this year, according to Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled, secretary general of the foundation. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will present the award to the winners on Sunday.
In his statement, he said KFIP is keen to raise the international stature of the prize for promoting awareness about Islam and a spirit of innovative culture. He added that KFIP will host lectures by the winners at the awards presentation ceremony.
On Wednesday, Zakir A. Naik, winner of the International Prize for Service to Islam, will give a talk on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in various world religious books at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
Prince Bandar pointed out that Zakir Naik’s lecture will deal with the Prophet’s mission as the Prophet of all humanity, not just for the Arabs or Muslims.
Naik, an Indian national, won the international prize for delivering hundreds of lectures at the seminars that explain the religion of Islam and defend its principles based on the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah.
According to him, another lecture next Monday on chemistry and applications of metals and organic frameworks will be delivered by Omar M. Yaghi, professor of physical sciences and biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Yaghi is the winner of the KFIP Science for this year’s award. The lecture will be held at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.
On the same day, Michael Gratzel, a Swiss professor and head of the laboratory photonics, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and the winner of the same award, will give a lecture on solar energy: Solar cells simulator for installation photosynthesis at Al-Faisal University.


FaceOf: Adam Sieminski, president of KSA's King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

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FaceOf: Adam Sieminski, president of KSA's King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

  • Sieminski holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University, New York
  • Sieminski was also a member of the advisory board of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Adam Sieminski has been president of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) since April 2018. 

In 2008, KAPSARC was founded as an independent research institute to advance the understanding of the energy sector and its impact on the global economy. The center also conducts studies on sustainable energy options. Before joining KAPSARC, Sieminski held the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for over a year.

Before that, he served as a non-resident senior adviser to the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He also served as the administrator of the US Energy Information Administration between 2012 and 2017.

He was also the senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the US National Security Council and a senior fellow and former president of the US Association for Energy Economics. 

He was also a member of the advisory board of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He also served as the chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

From 2005 to 2012, Sieminski was the chief energy economist for Deutsche Bank. 

Sieminski holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University, New York. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

On Sunday, KAPSARC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority on the sidelines of Saudi Arabia Smart Grid and Sustainable Energy Conference and Exhibition that concluded in Jeddah recently. The MoU aims to strengthen research partnership in the power sector to enhance the efficiency of the electricity markets in the GCC countries.