Recognition of Achievements in Africa is Key to Continuous Development, Says New KFAS CEO


The Kuwaiti Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) ( announced the appointment of Dr Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel as the new CEO of the Foundation in March. In this capacity, he will also serve on the Board of Trustees of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development ( Dr Al-Fadhel succeeds Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin, who retired earlier this year and had served as Managing Director of KFAS since 2011, as well as a member of the board of directors of the AlSumait award since 2015.

Asked about his vision for the Al-Sumait Prize for Africa’s Development, he said, “Our goal is to enhance the impact and reputation of the Al-Sumait Prize. One of the surest ways to ensure that humanitarian efforts and initiatives continue their momentum and discernible success is to create awards such as the Al-Sumait Prize which aim to recognize the achievements of organizations and researchers dedicated to creation. infrastructure and solutions. related to health, food security and education issues on the African continent. “

HE Sheikh / Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Prize welcomed Dr. Al Fadel’s commitment to deepen impact of the Al-Sumait Prize, stating: “Dr. Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel is a leader with remarkable abilities, tremendous energy and boundless passion for the values ​​and goals of the Al-Sumait Prize for Africa’s Development. He is able to further promote the valued relationship between KFAS and African scientific circles, thereby increasing the reach and impact of the Prize.

Mr. Al-Fadhel has held several prestigious leadership positions in Kuwait, including Minister of Petroleum, Chairman of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Minister of Electricity and Water, and Undersecretary of the Ministry of ‘Industry and Commerce. Previously, he held numerous administrative and academic positions at the College of Engineering and Petroleum and at the University of Kuwait. Dr Khaled Al-Fadhel received his PhD from Lehigh University in 2005.

The call for the 2021 Al-Sumait Prize for Health was launched in January 2021 and will end on June 30, 2021. The prize has a monetary value of US $ 1 million.

The Health category includes, but is not limited to, initiatives, programs and research projects in the following areas: Combating the prevalence of disease in Africa, with particular emphasis on the use of effective frameworks and programs, to face and manage health crises such as SARS, COVID-19, and infectious zoonotic diseases; Strengthening of national capacities in the field of medical research and medical education; Upgrading and maintenance of national medical facilities; Development of national health policies and successful implementation of results.

Eligible applicants include organizations and research institutes whose initiatives and programs have significantly contributed to solving health problems in Africa, as well as outstanding researchers who are nominated by their institutions and peers.

Nominators can find the criteria for the AlSumait Prize as well as the nomination form at:

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS).


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