Chairs

Princess Mashael bint Saud Al-Shalan

Founding Partner, AEON Strategy

Dr. Majid Al-Khalaf

Acting Executive Director of Monitoring & Risk Assessment and Secretary General of the National Nutrition Committee, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)

Prof. Matthew McCabe

Professor of Remote Sensing and Water Security and Director of the Climate and Livability Initiative, KAUST

Dr. Suliman Ali Al-Khateeb

Director General for Plant Resources, Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA)

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Abdullah Alrajhi

Director, National Center for Agriculture Technology, King Abdullah City for Science and Technology (KACST)

Dr. Alejandro Rios Galvan

Director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) and Chief Research Scientist, Khalifa University

Dr. David Welch

Co-Founder and CSO, Synthesis Capital

Dr. Gustavo Diaz

Agriculture and Water Resources Specialist and Consultant, World Bank, UNDP, FAO, MEWA

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Dr. Jalal Basahi

Director of National Water Research Center, Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture

Dr. Khaled Alabdulkader

CEO of National Center for Vegetation Cover & Combatting Desertification (NCVC)

Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Carin

KAUST Provost

Dr. Mari Luomi

Research Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

Dr. Michael Baum

Director of Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Dr. Nahed Mohammed

Post-Doctoral Fellow with Prof. Rod Wing at the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Dr. Yara Almuhtadi

Head of Scientific Awareness Team of National Nutrition Committee, SFDA & Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Behavior, King Saud University

Dr. Yoshihide Wada

Program Director of the Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis & Chair Professor of Global Water and Food Security at the Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht University

Eng. Ahmed Al-Aredhi

CEO, Makkah Regional Development Authority

H.E. Eng. Mansour bin Hilal Al Mushaiti

Vice Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture

H.R.H. Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud

CEO, KBW Ventures

Mr. Abdullah Aldakheelallah

Acting Director of Risk Assessment Department, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)

Mr. Bander Saad Alowais

Head of Food Contaminants Monitoring Program, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)

Mr. David Brandes

Co-Founder, CEO, planetary

Mr. Faisal bin Sunaid

Director of the Healthy Food Department, SFDA

Mr. Sattam Al-Mezyad

Director for Agricultural Investment Abroad, Saudi Arabia Agricultural Development Fund

Mr. Sultan Al-Saif

Director of Technical Support, Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC)

Ms. Leena Al Olaimy

Founder and CEO, Symbaoisis (Trillion Trees Fund)

Prof. Bilquees Gul

Director and Professor of the Institute for Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU), University of Karachi

Prof. Ibrahim Hoteit

Professor of Earth Science and Engineering, KAUST

Prof. Ikram Blilou

Professor of Plant Science and Faculty Member of the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Prof. Kenneth Strzepek

Research Scientist at the Joint Program and CGCS, MIT & Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government & Nonresident Senior Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER & Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder

Prof. Salim Al-Babili

rofessor of Plant Science and Faculty Member of the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Prof. Simon Krattinger

Assistant Professor of Plant Science and Faculty Member of the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Prof. Tony Chan

President, KAUST

Panelists

Eng. Ahmad Alballaa

Managing Director, National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA)

Prof. Hala Hazam Alotaibi

Professor in Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, King Faisal University

Dr. Mitchell Morton

CEO, Edama Organic Solutions

Dr. Maram Abadi

Senior Special Projects Manager, Red Sea Development Company & VP in Council of Young Arab Researchers & L'Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow & Forbes Ignite Fellow

Dr. Majid Al-Khalaf

Acting Executive Director of Monitoring & Risk Assessment and Secretary General of the National Nutrition Committee, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)

Dr. Suliman Ali Al-Khateeb

Director General for Plant Resources, Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA)

Dr. Jonathan Jones

Senior Scientist, Sainsbury Lab & Professor, University of East Anglia

Dr. Peter Slade

Head of Regulatory Affairs Food Department, NEOM

Prof. Murat Kacira

Professor and Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, University of Arizona

Prof. Abdelaziz Hirich

Professor, Muhammed VI Polytechnic University, African Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute (ASARI)

Dr. Badriah Alabdulkarim

Associate Professor of Nutrition, King Saud University & Consultant to the Deputy Minister of Agricultural Affairs, MEWA

Mr. Sadek Al-Ramadan

Chairman, AlYaseen Agriculture Company

Mr. Ahmed Daoud

Director of Innovation Futures, Royal Commission of Al-Ula

Dr. Michael Salvador

CEO and Co-Founder, Mirai Solar & Technology Lead, KAUST Solar Center

Dr. Rashed Alarfaj

Vice President, Saudi Airlines Catering Co.

Dr. Ryan Lefers

CEO and Co-Founder, Red Sea Farms

Dr. Maged Saad

CEO, GrowBioM & Senior Research Scientist with Prof. Heribert Hirt, KAUST

Mr. William England

Senior Vice-President, Saudi Agriculture and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC)

Organizing Committee and Support Staff

Prof. Rod A. Wing

Professor of Plant Science and Director of the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Prof. Brande Wulff

Associate Professor of Plant Science and Faculty Member of the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Dr. Vanessa Melino

Research Scientist with Prof. Mark Tester at the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Dr. Paul Dalby

Director and Principal Consultant, In Fusion Consulting

Prof. Mark Tester

Professor of Plant Science and Associate Director of the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST & Co-Founder and CSO, Red Sea Farms

Anna Rautek

Center Manager

Dr. Rebekah Waller

Agricultural Specialist at the Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Suja Muralidharan

Administrative Assistant

Andrea B. M. Hulsbosch

Communication Specialist

Dalia Alshahrani

Project Coordinator

Melanie Balkner Zielke

Center Coordinator at the Center For Desert Agriculture, KAUST

Sumaira Haque

Administrative Assistant

Emma Waller

Graphic Design Specialist