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Keynote Speakers

 Anatole Krattiger

Director, Global Challenges Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

 Peter L. Hoffman

Vice President, Intellectual Property Management, the Boeing Company

 Tom Skalak

Executive Director, Science and Technology, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation


 AbdulAziz Mohammed AL-Swailem,

Vice-President for Scientific Research Support, KACST

 Ahmed Alshadooki

CEO, Research Products Development Company (RPDC), a TAQNIA Subsidiary.

 Bob Stembridge

Manager & Senior Patents Analyst - Thomson Reuters

 Bradley D. Lytle

Attorney at Law, Oblon LLP Margaret A. Focarino Senior Patent Advisor, Oblon LLP

 Gordon McConnell

Head of the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center,

 Keith Jones

Director of Industry Engagement and Technology Transfer, King Khalifah Universiity

 Margaret A. Focarino

Senior Patent Advisor, Oblon LLP

 Mark Crowell

Vice President of Innovation & Economic Development, KAUST

 Mohammad K. Alghamdi

Director of Technology Advancement & Prototyping Center, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

 Nabeel Koshak

Vice President for Business & Innovation, Umm Al-Qura University

 Richard Litman

Managing Shareholder and Intellectual Property & Emerging Technologies Practice Group Leader, Becker & Poliakoff, PA

 Steffen Mitzner

Head of the Fraunhofer Research Group


 Iyad Alzaharnah

Director of KFUPM Innovation Center

 Rami Khalil Niazy

Director, Innovation and Industrial Development Institute at KACST

 Saeed. M. Al-Zahrani

Executive Director SABIC Polymer Research Center @ KSU

 Sami Ali Alsodais

Director General, the Saudi Patent Office

 Sami M.Bashir

Manager & Assistant Chief Licensing Officer, Technology Transfer Office-KAUST