DR MEZYAD ALTERKAWI
- 2020: Appointed as advisor to HE Rector Office, Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- 2018: Honorary Professor, Swansea University, Wales, UK.
- 2013: Director of International Cooperation and Scientific Twinning Department, King Saud University.
- 2007: CEO, Riyadh Technology Incubation Center (RTIC)
As Director of International Cooperation and Scientific Twinning Department (ICSTD), he oversees a variety of university-wide initiatives and policies relating to international research, education, and collaboration. Dr. Mezyad has vast experience in International Collaborations and was previously involved in several worldwide partnerships on behalf of KSU. He completed his B.Sc. and M.S from the Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering. He then earned his PhD in Urban & Regional Planning in 1991 at Texas A&M University, following which he joined King Saud University. He oversaw operations at RTIC, one of the most prominent Technology Incubators in the Middle East. Dr. Mezyad has presented his ideas at several Business Incubation Conferences and works extensively in the knowledge based economy arena.
Dr. Mezyad is an important figure globally in the establishment of global strategies for science parks and technology incubators. He was instrumental in RTIC becoming the first NBIA member from the Kingdom. He has also served as advisory to the President of the Daedeok Innopolis Science Park and was member of the steering committee for the 2010 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) conference held in Korea. He also had the honour of being nominated as the only overseas speaker for the Arab and Muslim World at the International Japan Green New Deal Forum held in April 2010 at Kawasaki City, Japan.
He was awarded honorary professorship of International Relations from Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom, in December 2018.