KFAS News

Nine Kuwaiti Students Were Accepted into the 2017 Professional Development Initiative (PDI) in the United States

February 27, 2017

Nine university-level Kuwaiti students currently enrolled in the United States have been accepted for the 2017 summer term of the Professional Development Initiative (PDI), a joint program developed by the National U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Washington, Kuwait’s Ministry of Higher Education, and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).  The objective of the PDI is to offer professional work experience for highly qualified Kuwaiti students as they graduate from American universities before returning to Kuwait.
The new "class" of 2017 summer PDI Fellows includes:
  • Abdulaziz AlObaid, MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, CO
  • Abdullah Alyaseen, BA in Accounting , Loyola Marymount University, CA
  • Faisal AlAbdulmuhsen, BS in Applied Analytics & Entrepreneurship, Bryant University, RI
  • Farah Alkharji MS in Industrial Engineering, University of Miami, FL
  • Jasem AlBahar, BA in Economics and Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • Khaleefa Alghunaim, BA in International Business, Finance, George Washington University, DC
  • Maryam AlZayed, BS in Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, AZ
  • Mohammad AlMeshan, BA in Finance, Pace University, NY
  • Saoud Almulla, MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, IL
“These outstanding young men and women have enjoyed the benefit of study in the United States, and the PDI program is now helping to take them to the next level in their professional careers,” said H.E. Sheikh Salem Al Sabah, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United States and a driving force behind the program. “This is a remarkable opportunity to gain hands-on work experience with some of America’s finest companies, and the Embassy of the State of Kuwait is proud to be a partner in this highly successful enterprise.”
Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General of KFAS, expressed his warmest welcome to the new PDI fellows. He stated, “I urge PDI Fellows to make the most out of this opportunity to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible before returning to Kuwait.” He also mentioned, “KFAS, which funds the program in collaboration Kuwait’s Ministry of Higher Education is committed to building the capacity of fresh graduates and contributing to the development of the workforce in Kuwait.”
"We are very excited to welcome this new group of candidates into the PDI family," noted David Hamod, NUSACC's President & CEO.  "With each new group of PDI Fellows, comprised of a summer group and a winter group, we find a greater level of commitment to working in the United States, a greater enthusiasm for the program as word about the PDI spreads, and a greater level of understanding by the new candidates of the myriad benefits of this comprehensive program that include job placement, interview coaching, mentorship, monthly training forums, and 24/7 support from our PDI staff, led by Cynthia Douglass, PDI Director."