Virtual Alumni Career Conversations


One of the most significant decisions faced by graduate students in science and engineering is choosing whether to pursue a career in industry or academia. While this decision is easy for some to make prior to graduation, it can be incredibly challenging for others. Academia VS Industry – one or the other or can I have both, is a Virtual Career Conversation is for students (and alumni) who are questioning their future or current career paths.

You’ll hear from three KAUST alumni in consulting, entrepreneurship and academia as they offer hints and insight from their interesting career journeys.

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Dr Ahmed Shibl is a Research Associate at New York University Abu Dhabi that graduated from KAUST with a PhD in 2015 in Marine Science. His research interests are microbial ecosystems and using this knowledge to develop solutions for current environmental or societal problems.  Other interests include genetic counseling, and bridging the gap between science and art (he studied film making at the Prague Film School in 2016).  Dr Shibl was a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom prior to moving back to the Middle East in 2017. 

Dr Alaa Ezzedine is a Strategy Manager for KPMG in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. A PhD graduate from KAUST, he is a chemical expert and strategy consultant for the chemical, industrial and manufacturing sectors in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. With 7 years professional experience in consulting, key business sectors Dr Ezzedine has served include: Petrochemicals and Plastics, Paints and Coatings (decorative, industrial, marine, automotive, powder and wood), Packaging (paper and plastics), Basic and Specialty Chemicals, Engineering Plastics, and Automotive industries.

Dr Johannes Fischer is a biochemist, trained medical doctor, entrepreneur and consultant, graduating with a PhD from KAUST in 2015. Working in Europe, South East Asia and South Africa, much of Dr Fischer’s consulting experience has involved developing strategy for clients in product development, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He is founder of HungryCampus (previously known as Antinio) which is well-known to the KAUST community! Since March 2020, Johannes has been on a learning curve after joining the venture capital firm Wellington Partners - Life Sciences in the role of Senior Associate. 





Dr Johannes Fischer

Senior Associate for Wellington Partners - Life Sciences

Dr Alaa Ezzedine

Strategy Manager for KPMG

Dr Ahmed Shibl

Research Associate at New York University Abu Dhabi