Dr. Mezyad Alterkawi is the International Cooperation Consultant for Alefah since the last 5 years. Dr. Mezyad is the Director of International Cooperation and Scientific Twinning Department (ICSTD) at King Saud University. As Director of 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 responsible for many well internationally recognized partnerships for KSU over the last decade. He also serves as an Advisor on a committee at the KSA Ministry of Education that oversees all MoU’s for all universities in the kingdom. He is considered by many as the region’s top expert in the field of education & research collaboration and perceived as a premier not only locally, but regionally and globally. As a testament to his vast experience, he was awarded honorary professorship of International Relations from Swansea University in 2018.
He also served as the CEO of Riyadh Technology Incubation Center (RTIC) and is an Associate Professor and faculty member of the College of Architecture at King Saud University. 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.
Dr. Mezyad has presented his ideas at several Business Incubation Conferences and worked extensively in the knowledge-based economy arena. He was instrumental in Riyadh Technology Incubation Center becoming the first NBIA member from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 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. His expertise in the field of international education partnerships, research collaborations, and agreements negotiation is vastly acknowledged by his peers and international colleagues.