Dr. Shihab-Eldin, Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), was a former Acting Secretary General & Director of Research (2001-2006) of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He also serves as board member or advisor to a number of public and international institutions. From March 1999 to August 2001, he served as Director of the Division for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Department of Technical Co-operation, at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining the IAEA, from December 1991 to February 1999, he served as Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology (Cairo) and as the UNESCO Representative in Egypt, Sudan and Yemen. From 1976 to 1986 he was the Director General of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, serving concurrently (1976-1980) as vice Rector for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University.
Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965, a M.Sc. degree in 1967, and Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Nuclear Engineering in 1970, all from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Dr. Shihab-Eldin has lectured and undertaken research in the physical and engineering sciences as well as energy economics and technology, at a number of universities and research centers in Kuwait, the Middle East, the United States and Europe.
Dr. Shihab-Eldin has published extensively and is a regular invited speaker at many international and regional meetings, covering many fields, including Energy Policy, Economics, Technology and the Environment; Oil Markets; Management and Development of Science & Technology in Developing Countries; Higher Education Systems, and other related fields.