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KFAS announces the Winners of the Kuwait Prize and Al-Nouri Prize for 2020

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has announced that His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait and the Chairman of KFAS’s Board has endorsed the decisions of the KFAS Board of Directors regarding the recipients of the 2020 Kuwait Prize in the various fields and the recipient of the Al-Nouri Prize for Best Dissertation in the Field of Education.

Dr. Khaled Ali Al-Fadhel, KFAS Director General, stated that the Prize in the Field of Basic Sciences (area of Earth Sciences) was awarded jointly to Professor Farouk ElSayed Mohamed Elbaz, the Director Emeritus of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University in the United States and Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit, Professor of Earth Sciences and Engineering and Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences at the King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Professor Elbaz is recognized for his pioneering research and impressive research career in various scientific fields, ranging from earth archaeology to remote sensing, as well as earth and lunar geology. Dr Hoteit is recognized for his pioneering research in ocean modelling, remote sensing, Red Sea eddy dynamics, and the development of new techniques in data assimilation and modelling that have environmental applications of global significance.

In the Field of Applied Sciences (area of Engineering Sciences), the Prize is awarded to Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, for his groundbreaking research in the area of  wireless , optical and vehicular communications,  including low-power communications for the internet of things, as well as his valuable contribution to  the development of the 3G, 4G and satellite systems.

In the Field of Economics and Social Sciences (area of Administrative, Financial, and Banking Sciences), the Prize is awarded jointly to Dr. Salim Chahine, The Abdul Aziz Al-Sagar Chair Professor of Finance at the Olayan School of Business, and the Executive Director AUB-Innovation Park and the American University of Beirut, and Professor Amine Tarazi , the Director of the Research Center LAPE at the University of Limoges in France. Professor Chahine is recognized for his valuable and outstanding research on topics related to finance and banking, including entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and corporate governance. Professor Tarazi’s research also has been exceptional on topics related to banking and finance, including financial integration, fragility, regulation, systemic stability, and the emerging area of Fintech.

In the Field of Arts and Literature (area of Fine and Performing Arts and Music), the Prize is awarded jointly to Dr. Mahmoud Ali Guettat, Distinguished Professor at The Higher Institution for Music at the University of Tunisia and Dr. Nada Shabout. Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas in the United States. Dr Guettat is recognized for his pioneering and valuable work on the heritage of Arab Music, its music principles and instruments.  Dr. Shabout has contributed significantly to the understanding of contemporary Arab visual art, its trajectories with international movements, and on the Historiography of Arab art and its influence on world civilizations.

In the Field of Arabic and Islamic scientific Heritage, the Prize is awarded jointly to Dr. Ahmed Djebbar, Professor Emeritus at the University of Lille in France, and Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Founder and Director General of Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) in Turkey. Dr. Djebbar is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the history of Arab mathematics, including the importance of geometry, arithmetic, number theory, algebra, trigonometry, and combinatorics.  Professor Ihsanogluis recognized for his life-long achievements in promoting the history of science in Islam across geographies, including his ground-breaking research on the history of science in the Ottoman civilization in period of the 16th to the 19th century.

Dr. Khaled Al-Fadhel stated that Dr. Ahmad Kamal Eid Essa is the winner of Anwar Al-Nouri Prize for Best Dissertation in the Field of Education for his excellent dissertation titled “The Effectiveness of Dual-N-Back Program in Raising the Working Memory Efficiency and Its Impact on Attention for Learned Disabled Prep Stage Pupils”.

Congratulating all the recipients of the Prizes, and wishing them continued success, Dr. Khaled Al-Fadhel added that the 2020 laureates represent outstanding scientific minds whose prolific publications and research contributions are inspirational to the research community, especially for early career and young researchers, who aspire to make an impact through their scientific contributions. 

The Kuwait Prize was established in 1979 to recognize the exceptional and longstanding achievements of Arab researchers in four fields: Basic Sciences, Applied Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Art and Literature. A fifth field, Arabic and Islamic Scientific Heritage, is announced every three years and is open to all scholars, regardless of nationality. The awardees are selected though a three-stage review process conducted by international experts in the specific fields.

Anwar AL-Nouri Prize was established in 2015 through the generosity of the Anwar Al Nouri Philanthropic Trust. It honors the late Dr. Anwar Al-Nouri, who played a pivotal role in developing the field of education in the State of Kuwait and the Arab world for more than 50 years, as well as supporting the mission and mandate of KFAS as a member of its Board of Directors. The Prize is awarded on a biennial basis to an outstanding PhD dissertation in the field of education at a university in the Arab world.