King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Saudi Arabia


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-level research university located along the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. KAUST is dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education and innovation. Curiosity driven and goal-oriented research is conducted by students, faculty, scientists and engineers to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges related to food, water, energy and the environment. Learn more at www.kaust.edu.sa.

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Interim President
Office of the EVP for Administration and Finance
Nadhmi Al-Nasr

Nadhmi A. Al-Nasr began his career with Saudi Aramco in 1978, just days after obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). A third-generation Saudi Aramco employee, Al-Nasr spent his first three years in Engineering Services. In 1981, he began working on the execution of the Kingdom’s Master Gas System – the largest industrial project of its kind at the time, where he divided his time between Houston and on-site at the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant. The program was completed in 1984. Today it is one of the world’s largest single hydrocarbon networks and a major factor in the Kingdom’s diversification and economic development activities.

In 1984, Al-Nasr worked on the refinery program, Southwest Refinery and later on the Ras Tanura Refinery through until 1986 when he was promoted to project manager and responsible for all Ghawar oil field capital programs. In 1991, he began managing the massive and aggressive crude expansion program in the Ghawar oilfield, ensuring the Kingdom’s ability to fill the production gap caused by the loss of oil output from Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War. This entire program was commissioned and completed in 1993.

Al-Nasr was promoted to Manager of Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas pipeline projects, and in 1995, became Manager of the Shaybah Development Program, located in the harsh and desolate Rub’ al-Khali desert. The Shaybah mega-project came on stream, under budget and a year ahead of schedule in 1998 and is widely regarded as one of Saudi Aramco’s most ambitious and successful ventures.

After the completion of the Shaybah project, Al-Nasr became manager of the Facilities and Planning Department until 2001, and later transferred to Corporate Planning as manager of the Long Range Planning Department where he was responsible for preparing company strategy and business plans. In May 2003, he became Managing Director of Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd. London and the following year was named Executive Director of Community Services.

In 2006, Al-Nasr was named Vice President of Engineering Services and in the same year, became Vice President of the KAUST Development Program, a long-held dream of King Abdullah. Drawing on the many lessons learned building the remote Shaybah complex a decade prior, these successes helped make the accelerated construction of KAUST a reality, which is located near Jeddah along the Red Sea.

Al-Nasr served as the Interim President of KAUST at the University’s inception in 2006 and since 2008, has served as KAUST Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance. KAUST opened its state-of-the-art campus in September 2009 and graduated its inaugural class in December 2010.

On March 31, 2013, Al-Nasr stepped down from Saudi Aramco and is now immersed as a fully-fledged KAUST employee in his continuing role of Executive Vice President, Administration and Finance.

In March 2014, Al-Nasr was appointed by royal decree to serve as a member on the Advisory Board of the Supreme Economic Council and in July 2014 he was appointed as a member to the Board of Trustees of the King Abdulaziz Centre for National Dialogue.

In March 2017, Al-Nasr was appointed interim president of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), in addition to his role as KAUST EVP.

In July 2017, Al-Nasr was appointed interim president of KAUST.

Al-Nasr is married with four children; three daughters and one son. His eldest daughter, Noor, is working at a bank. All of his other children are employed at Saudi Aramco.