Dr. Anas Alfaris

Dr. Anas Alfaris is currently President of the Saudi National Labs and National Science Agency, namely King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Before that, he was VP for Research Institutes and founded the Joint Centers of Excellence Program (JCEP). He established the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT, as well as the Decision Support Center (DSC) of KACST and Boeing. Currently, he is also Director of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Affiliate Center and Stewardship Board member for the Middle East and North Africa with the World Economic Forum.

He is a Governing Board Member of the Global Research Council as well as a board member of Saudi Space Agency, Military Industries Corporation, General Commission of Survey, National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), and King Salman Science Oasis. He is Chairman for the King’s Prize for Honoring the Inventors and Talented, and has been responsible for the formulation of the National Saudi Research and Development strategies including the National Transformation Program (NTP) R&D agenda and later led the Research Development and Innovation and the Industry 4.0 Initiatives as part of NIDLP.

Alfaris received an MSc degree from the Center of Computational Engineering and a Ph.D. in Design Computation both from MIT. Here he is currently affiliated with the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and worked as a Research Scientist in the Engineering Systems Division (ESD). He has also been part of several multidisciplinary research teams at MIT including the Smart Cities Group at Media Lab, and the Strategic Engineering Group at ESD.

Alfaris’ research experience includes AI, data analytics, Multi-Disciplinary Analysis, and Optimization as well as Decision Support Systems. His current work focuses on the development of Integrated Simulations for the planning of Smart Cities and large scale complex urban and Infrastructure systems.