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Welcome to the official website of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

KFAS remains committed to delivering and embodying the vision of its founders, the late Amir HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and leaders of Kuwait’s private sector. Their prescience was simple: the sustainability and development of the country would depend on the advancement and integration of science, technology and innovation within every aspect of the Kuwaiti society. As much as they appreciated the economic security of oil revenues at that time, their wisdom led them to believe that knowledge, would be at the pinnacle of socioeconomic development in the future. And they were not wrong. Progression and growth today rely heavily on innovation and technology, and the KFAS symbolizes the pillar of knowledge that fosters national development through science, technology and innovation (STI).

This website serves as a window into KFAS’s ongoing activities and initiatives, keeping you informed on up to date information about the Foundation's current events, as well as past achievements, and future plans.

Here at KFAS, we are excited about our current five-year strategy, successfully launched in 2017, which builds on and strengthens our role as a catalyst to foster the development of STI within every aspect of the Kuwaiti society, in line with the Kuwait National Development Plan 2035.

Our strategic objectives are to enhance science, technology, and innovation targeting our four key stakeholders: the general public, with an emphasis youth, the scientific and research community and both the private and public sectors. To achieve our objectives, KFAS has developed various strategic programs and initiatives to promote STI knowledge through several means. For the society at large, this includes publishing scientific journals and sponsoring and organizing community events. By collaborating with a range of prestigious local and international institutions, the Foundation has been able to improve the quality of research activities and explore innovative solutions to key challenges of national priority.

KFAS also continues to help further develop and advance the private sector through investing in human capital and promoting research and development to foster innovation within the sector. A key element of KFAS’s new strategic plan focuses on supporting partnerships with local and renowned international institutions to help advance the national innovation ecosystem in Kuwait. KFAS has also established specialized centers that address national challenges and implement the Foundation’s strategic objectives through education, research and innovation.

As you visit this website, we hope that you are able to catch a glimpse of the various activities and initiatives that we have developed and continue to support. You can also find information on our numerous pioneering initiatives, including collaborations with international partners and with the private sector, training, individual development programs, and our educational projects. The site also features information on the prestigious prizes offered by KFAS and is intended to celebrate Kuwaiti and Arab scientists and their ground-breaking achievements at home and abroad. Most importantly, we hope this website captures the essence of the Foundation, a place of thinkers and doers, with dynamic, open, and inventive mindsets, as well as the dedication and passion needed to transform the country from the present to the future.

Thank you,

Dr. Adnan A. Shihab Eldin
Director General

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DG's Bio and Publications 

Dr. Shihab-Eldin was born in 1943. He studied electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1965, and subsequently also received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley in Nuclear Engineering in 1967 and 1970, respectively. Dr. Shihab-Eldin graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Since 2011, he has been serving as the Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

He started his career as a research physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) at UC Berkeley, in 1971, while concurrently serving as an Assistant and, then, Associate Professor in Physics at Kuwait University. From 1987 to 1991, he was a Visiting Associate at the European Nuclear Research Center (CERN), and a Visiting Scholar at the Energy and Environment Policy Center in the Department of Physics at Harvard University, as well as a visiting research scientist at LBL and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. He currently is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), and has been a research associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) since 2008.

Following his career in academia and research, Dr. Shihab-Eldin started a long career in administration and held senior management positions at national institutions and international organizations. In 1976, he was appointed as the Director General of the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, serving concurrently (1976-1990) as the Vice- Rector for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University. In 1991, Dr. Adnan was appointed as the Director of the UNESCO, Regional Office for Science and Technology for the Arab States (Cairo), and in 1999, he moved to Vienna, serving as the Director of the Division for Africa, East Asia and Pacific of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In 2001, he started his appointment as the Director of the Research Division of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and was appointed the Acting Secretary General in 2005.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin is a member of several national, regional and international scientific and professional societies. He has served as a member of the board of directors of many companies and foundations, as well as numerous advisory committees. Currently, he serves on the IAEA’s Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC), the Board of Directors of ATK Energy Transition Institute (Amsterdam), and since 2016, on the Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board (NEAB) at UC Berkeley. He is also serving on the Advisory Board for Arab German Young Academy, the Ambrosetti Forum’s International Advisory Council, and on the International Advisory Committee of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He previously served on the International Advisory Panel on Energy to the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry

Dr. Shihab Eldin has published extensively, including research papers, articles, reports, and book chapters. His publications cover many scientific fields, including Nuclear Science and Technology; Energy Policy, Economics and Technology; Energy and the Environment; Oil Markets, Renewable Energy; Development of Science and Technology in Developing Countries and other related fields.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin has received many prestigious awards, including "The 2nd Abdullah Bin- Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award, Lifetime Achievement" for the Advancement of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. In 2017, he received the award of Chevalier de la légion D’honneur” of France, from the President of Republic of France. In 2018, he was awarded The Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award from UC Berkeley for his distinguished record of service.