Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris, head of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology

Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris
Updated 10 November 2019

Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris, head of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology

Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Faris has been appointed the chief of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) by royal decree. 

Al-Faris is also an associate professor at KACST and a visiting associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

Prior to his latest promotion, he was the vice president of the research institute at KACST. He has served in this position since 2018.

Al-Faris is a member of the Global Research Council, a board member at the Saudi Arabia Advanced Research Alliance, and the National Digital Transformation Executive Committee.

He has broad research experience in diverse fields including big data analytics, strategic engineering and systems architecture.

At KACST, he founded the Joint Centers of Excellence Program, which includes 14 joint centers with leading universities in the US and UK such as MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Berkeley, Oxford and Cambridge. 

He is also the founder of the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT as well as the Decision Support Center of KACST and Boeing.  Al-Faris created the Technical Leaders Program to train and qualify the new generation to become leaders.

He holds a Ph.D. in design computation and a master’s degree in computation for design and optimization from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

He also has two other master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania — a master of science computational design systems and a master of architecture in building technology. 


Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

Updated 01 June 2020

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drones launched toward Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait

  • Houthi attacks on residential areas continue to violate international law says Coalition spokesman
  • Al-Maliki says deterrent measures against the terrorist Houthi militia to neutralize and destroy these capabilities rigorously will continue

RIYADH: The Arab coalition has intercepted two drones on Monday that were launched by the Houthis toward residential areas in the southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt.

In a statement Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki confirmed the attack by the Houthis.

“The Houthi militia continues to violate the customary International Humanitarian Law by launching and deliberately targeting civilians and densely populated civilian areas with UAVs, threatening the lives of hundreds of civilians in the process,” Al-Maliki added.

He said the attacks were another “confirmation of rejection of the ceasefire and de-escalation initiative announced by the Coalition on (April 9, 2020).”

Al-Maliki said Houthi ceasefire violations now exceeded 5,000, in a variety of attacks using various weapons.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition continues to undertake all deterrent measures against the terrorist Houthi militia to neutralize and destroy these capabilities rigorously, and in accordance with the customary International Humanitarian Law,” he added.