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. 


Houthis are ‘threat’ to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the entire region

A houthi rebel fighter holds his a weapon during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters for the Houthi movement, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP)
Updated 21 September 2020

Houthis are ‘threat’ to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the entire region

  • Five civilians injured in lastest attack at village in Jazan

JEDDAH: Houthi militias in Yemen are continuing to break international humanitarian law by targeting civilians in Saudi Arabia.
In its latest attacks on Saudi terrority, the group launched a projectile at a village in the southern Jazan region on Saturday. Five people were injured and property was damaged.
The Iran-backed militia has attacked Saudi Arabia’s territory, killing and injuring civilians in the process, since the start of the war in 2015, often to international condemnation.
“The Kingdom has tackled many Houthi attacks, which included ballistic missiles and drones that were originally intended to target civilians,” political analyst and international relations expert Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri told Arab News. “If it wasn’t for the Kingdom’s instant response they would have caused very big damage.”
Al-Shehri said that a group like the Houthis were not expected to act differently, other than be violent and destructive. He pointed the finger at the international community for its silence as well as countries that have lifted an arms ban on Iran.
“The recently apprehended Houthi cell in Yemen smuggling Iranian weapons has admitted to receiving training in Iran, evidence of Iran’s continued involvement in Yemen. Therefore, this makes the US unilateral proclamation to reinforce UN sanctions against Iran the right thing to do now.”
Al-Shehri added that the militia was an organization whose activities would still endanger the lives of Yemeni civilians even if they did not harm neighboring countries. “They use cities as a shield and launch their rockets from inside Sanaa, among civilians.”
He said that the international community, as part of its responsibility to maintain global peace and security, was required to spare Yemenis the agony and scourge of war by implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and bring the Houthis back to the negotiation table for an inclusive political solution.
“The Houthis are a threat to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the entire region as long as weapons remain in their hands,” Al-Shehri said.
The attack in Jazan was condemned by Egypt, Jordan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The OIC secretary-general, Yousef Al-Othaimeen, affirmed the organization’s standing and solidarity with the Kingdom in all the measures it took to protect its borders, citizens, and residents on its territory.