Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Malik, executive director at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology 

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Malik
Updated 01 October 2019

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Malik, executive director at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology 

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Malik has been the executive director of the Life Sciences and Environment Research Institute (LSERI) at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) since January 2015.

He established and headed the nanomedicine research group at the institute before being appointed deputy director for scientific affairs.

Al-Malik is also an assistant research professor of nanomedicine at KACST and an adjunct assistant professor of pharmaceutical biotechnology at the pharmacy school of King Saud University in Riyadh.

In addition, he has been chairman of the joint board between KACST and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at the Harvard Center of Excellence for Biomedicine-CEBM since May 2017.

In 2013, Al-Malik gained a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from The University of Manchester, in the UK. During the same year, he was awarded by the Saudi ambassador to the UK for his scientific distinction.

He received a master’s degree with merit in clinical pharmacology from the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, in 2008.

KACST and the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) on Monday launched a platform to monitor antibiotic-resistant germs in government and private health facilities throughout Saudi Arabia.

Al-Malik said the initiative was the result of a successful partnership between the research and development program of infectious diseases and the program of antibiotic-resistant germs at the CDC.


Space program to establish national training base

Updated 18 February 2020

Space program to establish national training base

  • The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific paths

RIYADH: The Space Generations Program (Ajyal) launched by the Saudi Space Commission will contribute towards establishing a national base for human capital in the space sector, said Abdul Aziz Al Al-Sheikh, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission.

The program, he said, encourages interest in scientific research and learning various sciences in the areas of innovation: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

Al-Sheikh added that the program was striving to cooperate with specialized academic circles to achieve further progress in research related to space science and its applications.

The program also aims to create a prosperous educational environment in the Kingdom by establishing a stimulating and enabling environment for the space sector to be a platform that launches economic and scientific paths.

“We derive our inspiration from the experience of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, and his team, who were passionate, creative and determined to reach space,” said Al-Sheikh.

He added that the scientific team that supported the prince’s journey included a group of scientists as well as the most skilled technicians, designers and creative thinkers who contributed to achieving this dream.

The CEO said that the success of the trip was a result of the efforts of the entire team. “The Saudi Space Commission seeks to form a similar dream team that contributes to achieving our ambitious vision for the future of the space sector in the Kingdom,” he added.

Director general of the Space Generations Program, Ilham Al-Harbi, explained that the program had a comprehensive set of goals and strategic visions that aim to instill inspiration in generations to achieve leadership in space science.

She said that the program also aimed to build and develop future generations of Saudi space scientists and turn their dreams into a reality.