Prize Organization

A Brief Biography of the Founder of the Prize: His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, (1930-2011) former Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General

psultanHis Royal Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz became a member of the Saudi Council of Ministers after being appointed Agricultural Minister in 1953. This was at the time the Council of Ministers was initially formed. While serving as Agricultural Minister, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz participated in the Bedouin settlement efforts and helped them to establish modern farms.

In the year 1955, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz was appointed Communications Minister. While serving in this capacity, he participated in the installation of Saudi Arabia's modern surface communications networks and the countries wireless network. Then, in 1962, he was appointed Minister of Defense and Aviation.

By royal decree, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz became the Second Deputy Prime Minister on 13 June 1982.

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz was chosen to be Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister on 1 August 2005.

Environmental Activism

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdualaziz was extremely active in environmental matters and in promoting sustainability.

In 1981, he established the Saudi Presidency of Meteorology and the Environment as part of the Ministry of Defense and Aviation.

He was the Chairman of Saudi Arabia's National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD), an organization which he founded in 1986 to promote the protection of the nation's indigenous wildlife.

from 1990, he was the Chairman of the Saudi Ministerial Committee for the Environment, which sets forth the Saudi National Strategy for environmental protection.

He supported the activities of Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert at King Saud University including the Space Image Atlas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He also supported a number of King Saud University's research projects related to water and the environment, including the King Fahd Project for Rainwater Harvesting and Runoff in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His Royal Highness Price Sultan Bin Abdualaziz was the patron of the International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE) for its first 4 conferences from 2004-2010.

In 1996, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdualaziz was awarded the Arab Environment Shield.

In 2002, he was awarded the Sheikh Rashid International Prize for Humanitarianism

In 2003 The Euro-Arab Cooperation Center, headquartered in Munich, conferred upon him the Peace and Environment Prize.

He also received a number of local and international honors for his work in environmental protection and natural resource conservation.