Dr. Bashir Dabbousi
Director of Technology Strategy & Planning – Saudi Aramco
Bashir Dabbousi is the Director of Technology Strategy & Planning at Saudi Aramco reporting to the Chief Technology Officer. He was the Interim Vice President of Research at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), an independent energy economics and policy think tank in Riyadh, (on assignment from Saudi Aramco) from 2008-2012. He has occupied several administrative and technical positions in Saudi Aramco including Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer; Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation Office; and Coordinator of the R&D Division in the Research & Development Center where he spent most of his professional career. Bashir is co-recipient of 18 U.S. patents and 1 U.S. patent application (10 patents related to highly luminescent nanomaterials used in ultra-high definition LED TVs are licensed to two U.S. companies and a leading South Korean electronics company). He has coauthored 25 publications in peer reviewed technical journals including Nature and the Journal of the American Chemical Society (he is first author of a publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry that has been cited over 3,400 times) in the research areas of nanostructured highly luminescent materials, liquid-based petroleum fuels, crude and products desulfurization and hydrogen production. Bashir was an academic visitor in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. Bashir is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award Honoring Inventors and the Gifted (Takreem). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Products Development Company (RPDC Innovations). He serves on several committees and boards inside Saudi Aramco, including the Information Security Risk Management Steering Committee, Corporate Knowledge Management Board and Corporate Innovation Board (Ibtikar). Bashir received a B.S. degree in Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He completed the Saudi Aramco Leadership Challenge and the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at the Oxford University Saїd Business School.