Nadhmi A. Al-Nasr is an experienced engineer and leader with a long-proven track record of successfully managing and delivering ambitious industrial projects for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After a distinguished career working for Saudi Aramco, Al-Nasr held a number of senior roles at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology including Interim President. In July 2018 he was appointed to lead the most ambitious project on earth – NEOM.
Nadhmi A. Al-Nasr started his career at Saudi Aramco in 1978, shortly after graduating from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals. He spent his first three years in engineering services before moving on to the execution of the Kingdom’s Master Gas System – the largest industrial project of its kind at the time. Until the program was completed in 1984 Al-Nasr divided his time between Houston and on-site at the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant.
Al-Nasr then worked on the Refinery Program, Southwest Refinery and later Ras Tanura Refinery until he was promoted to Project Manager with responsibility for all Ghawar oil field capital programs. This included the 1991 crude expansion program in the Ghawar oil field. This entire program was commissioned and completed in 1993.
Al-Nasr was then promoted to be the Manager of Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas pipeline projects, and in 1995, became Manager of the Shaybah Development Program, located in the harsh and desolate Rub’ al-Khali desert. The Shaybah mega-project came on stream, under budget and a year ahead of schedule in 1998 and is widely regarded as one of Saudi Aramco’s most ambitious and successful ventures.
After the completion of the Shaybah project, Al-Nasr became Manager of the Facilities and Planning Department, before becoming the Manager of the Long Range Planning Department in 2001, where he was responsible for preparing company strategy and business plans. In 2003, he became Managing Director of Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd. (based in London) and the following year was named Executive Director of Community Services.
In 2006, Al-Nasr was named Vice President of Engineering Services and in the same year, became Vice President of the KAUST Development Program. Since 2008, Al-Nasr has served as KAUST Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance.
In 2013, Al-Nasr stepped down from Saudi Aramco to devote all his energy to KAUST in his role of Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance. A year later, Al-Nasr was appointed by a Royal Decree to serve on the Advisory Board of the Supreme Economic Council. He was also appointed as a member to the Board of Trustees of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
In March 2017, in addition to his role as KAUST, Al-Nasr was appointed Interim President of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). Shortly after that, he was appointed Interim President of KAUST. In March 2017, Al-Nasr was appointed Interim President of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), in addition to his role as KAUST EVP. In July 2017, Al-Nasr was appointed Interim President of KAUST in addition to his membership to the Board of Trustees of the KAUST Board of Trustees.
In July 2018, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Chairman of NEOM’s Founding Board, appointed Nadhmi Al-Nasr to lead the most ambitious project on earth as NEOM’s Chief Executive Officer.