Prize Organization

The Founder

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.

PSIPW President

President of the PSIPW Organization - HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz

khalid profileHis Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz is the eldest son of Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz. Prince Khaled bin Sultan was formerly Saudi Arabia's Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation.

Prince Khaled bin Sultan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation.

Environmental Activism

His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan has always had a love of the natural environment and especially the oceans. His passion to contribute to ocean research and conservation matured with his experiences as an accomplished scuba diver. Saudi Arabia has access to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world along its long border with the Red Sea and Prince Khaled has personally witnessed the rapid deterioration of the world's coral reefs due to human activity.

Throughout the late 1990's, His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan hosted numerous international oceanographers aboard his ships to conduct cutting-edge research focused on understanding and preserving life in the ocean or to derive medical benefits from it. His yacht fleet, which includes the yacht Golden Odyssey, and the support vessel Golden Shadow, are frequently employed in major scientific research expeditions.

After seeing firsthand the incredible work being performed by these scientists and understanding the magnitude of the challenge and importance of the work, Prince Khaled, in 2000, incorporated the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation in the United States to advance his vision of Science Without Borders.

His Royal Highness Prince Khaled Bin Sultan was awarded the Seakeeper Award in 2000.

As part of his "Science without Borders" initiative, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan launced on 10 October 2008 the three-year "Global Reef Expedition" to study shallow coral reef environments around the world beginning in 2010.

"Our goal is to join the efforts of countries in different parts of the globe to conserve, and hopefully restore their coral reefs and other marine resources. The studies will include widespread mapping of endangered coral reefs by joint teams of world renowned experts -- as an essential first step towards their management and protection," HRH Prince Khaled said.

He is also the founder of the Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Chair for Water Research at King Saud University which was inaugurated in 2009 with the aim of applying scientific research to combat water shortages.


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Council Chairman

Chairmanof the Prize Council - Dr. Badran al-Omar, President of King Saud University

Badran al Omar Green BgDr. Badran al-Omar earned his PhD in Health and Hospital Administration in 1995 at the University of Wales. SInce 2005 he has been Professor of Health and Hospital Administration at King Saud University, and since 2006, Chair of the Department of Management of King Saud University's College of Business Administration. Since 2002, he has been a scientific consultant with the Institute of Health Studies in Riyadh.

He was appointed president of King Saud University in 2012. King Saud University has been the headquarters of the PSIPW Organization since its establishment in 2002 and provides the organization with scientific supervision and support.

General Secretary

PSIPW General Secretary - Dr. Abdulmalek A. Al Alshaikh

Dr. Abdulmalek A. Al AlshaikhDr. Abdulmalek Al Alshaikh was born in Riyadh in the year 1949.


  • Ph.D. in Arid Lands Studies, 1983. University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • Masters Degree in Agricultural Science, 1975. University of Arizona, Tempe.
  • Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, 1972. University of Arizona, Tempe.


Academic Appointments:

  • 1996 to the present – Associate Professor, Department of Soil Sciences
    College of Nutrition and Agriculture, King Saud University
  • 1989-1995 – Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Sciences
    College of Nutrition and Agriculture, King Saud University
  • 1983-1987 – Assistant Professor
    King Faisal University


Professional History:

  • 1994 to the present – Director General
    The Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water and Desert Research
  • 1994 to the present – General Secretary
    The Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water
  • 2004 - to the present - Chairman of the King Fahd Rain and Floodwater Harvesting Project
  • 2008 –Chairman of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Chair for water research.
  • 2005 - Chairman of the Saudi Environmental Society
  • 1986-1988 – Chairman of the Center for Water Research
    King Faisal University
  • 1985-1988 – Part-Time Consultant for the Ministry of Agriculture and Water

The Council

PSIPW Prize Council

The Prize Council holds regular meetings during each two-year round of the Prize. The main responsibilities of the Prize Council is to determine governing policies, appoint referees to the various referee commitees, and approve the winners for each award of the Prize.

Chairman of the Prize Council:

Badran al Omar Gold Bg Final  Dr. Badran al-Omar,
 President of King Saud University


Members from the PSIPW General Secretariat:

Abdulmalek A Al Alshaikh Gold Bg Final

 [1] Dr Abdulmalek A Al Alsheikh
 (PSIPW General Secretary)
 (Director, Prince Sultan Institute for Environmental, Water & Desert Research)

Ali Wafa Gold Bg Final

 [2] Eng. Ali-Wafa A. Abu-Risheh
 (PSIPW Executive Director)


Saudi experts:

Khalid Al Hamoudi Gold Bg Final  [1] Dr. Khalid A. Al-Hamoudi
 (Rector, Dar Al Uloom University)
Abdulaziz Alhamid Gold Bg Final  [2] Dr. Abdulaziz A. Alhamid
 (Rector, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University)
Ahmad Alaameri Gold Bg Final  [3] Dr. Ahmad S. Alaameri
 (Rector, Al-Imam University)
Abdulaziz Al Turbak Gold Bg Final  [4] Dr. Abdul Aziz S. Al-Turbaq
 (Professor, Faculty of Engineering, King Saud University)
Abdulaziz Al Bassam Gold Bg Final  [5] Dr. Abdulaziz M. Al-Bassam
 (Director, National Center for Water Research & Studies, MEWA)
Ahmad Alamoud Gold Bg Final  [6] Dr. Ahmad I. Alamoud
 (Professor, Faculty of Agriculture & Food Science, King Saud University)
Ibrahim Almutaz Gold Bg Final  [7] Dr. Ibrahim S. Al-Mutaz
 (Professor, Faculty of Engineering, King Saud University)


International experts:

Mahmoud Abu Zeid Gold Bg Final

 [1] Dr. Mahmood A. Abu Zaid
 (Egypt – Chairman of the Arab Water Council)

Howard S Wheater Gold Bg Final

 [2] Dr. Howard S. Wheater
 (Canada – Director, Global Institute for Water Security)
 (Professor, University of Saskatchewan)

Dr Wolfgang Kinzelbach Gold Bg Final  [3] Dr. Wolfgang Kinzelbach
 (Switzerland – Emeritus Professor of Hydromechanics, ETH Zurich)
Ashok Gadgil Gold Bg Final

 [4] Dr. Ashok Gadgil
 (Faculty Senior Scientist, Energy Technologies Area,
 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

Dr Kristine M Larson Gold Bg Final  [5] Dr. Kristine M. Larson
 (Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences,
 University of Colorado at Boulder)
Kevin Trenberth Gold Bg Final

 [6] Dr. Kevin Trenberth