Name: Dr. Abdulmalek Bin Abdurrahman Al Alshaikh
City & Date of Birth: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1949
Profession: Director General, Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
General Secretary, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water
Ph.D. in Arid Lands Studies, 1983. University of Arizona, Tucson.
Dissertation entitled "Evaluation of Arid Land Production Systems Towards a better Strategy for Saudi Arabian Agriculture"
Masters Degree in Crop Sciences, 1975. University of Arizona, Tempe.
Thesis entitled: "The Effect of Fertilizers and Seeding Rates on Some Properties of Triticale"
Bachelor Degree in Crop Sciences, 1972. University of Arizona, Tempe.
1997 to the present – Associate Professor, Department of Soil Sciences
College of Food Sciences and Agriculture, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1989-1996 – Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Sciences
College of Food Sciences and Agriculture, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1983-1988 – Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences Department
King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
1995 to the present – Director General, Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
1993 to the present – Chairman of the Board, Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
2003 to the present – General Secretary, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water
2005 - Chairman of the Saudi Environmental Society
1986-1988 –Consultant (Part-Time) for the Saudi Ministry of Agriculture and Water
1985-1988 – Chairman of the Center for Water Research, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
1. Teaching and Supervisory Activities:
He has participated in the Soil Science syllabus for the College of Nutrition and Agriculture at King Saud University and taught students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
He has supervised postgraduate research at the Masters and Doctoral level for various Saudi universities.
He has been an external examiner for postgraduate research related to soil science as well as to water and desert studies.
2. Applied Research:
2008 to the present – Chairman of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Chair for Water Research which is currently conducting research into: "Rainfall-runoff harvesting in Saudi Arabia under the effects of climate change"
2008 to the present – Principal investigator for the project entitled: "A Study on the Minimization of Flood Hazards for Riyadh"
2006-2008 – Head of the research team for the Space Image Atlas of Saudi Arabia, which published by the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charitable Foundation in 2008 (ISBN 8-011-57-9960)
2004-2006 – Principal investigator for the project entitled: "Use of Remote Sensing Technologies in the Study of Desertification and Its Minimization in the Ahsaa Oasis"
2004 to the present – Principal investigator for the King Fahd Rainwater and Runoff Harvesting Project
2003 – Principal investigator for the project entitled: "Plant Species Appropriate to Health and the Environment for Urban Forestry Applications within Saudi Arabia" carried out under the auspices of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
3. Membership in Scientific Committees and Organizations
Member of the Founding Committee for the Arab Water Council
Member of the Board of Trustees for the Arab Water Council since 8 December 2006
Member of the Advisory Committee for the Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity, 2003
Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992, representing King Saud University at the sessions held in Jeddah, Stockholm, Nairobi, New York, and Geneva.
Member of the committee to update the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was convened on 2 October 1993.
Member of the Advisory Committee for the Global Conference on Desert Development in the Arabian Gulf which was held in Kuwait from 23-26 March 1996.
Member of the Steering Committee for the Muzahimiyya Desert and Garden Plants Research Station since 1992.
Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE) which will be held from 5-8 December 2010.
Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 3rd International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE) which was held from 16-19 November 2008.
Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE) which was held from 26-29 November 2006.
Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 1st International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE) which was held from 5-8 December 2004.
4. Conference Participation
52nd session of United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) – Vienna, Austria. 8 to 12 June, 2009.
European Desalination Society's Conference and Exhibition on Desalination for the Environment – Baden-Baden, Germany. 17–20 May 2009
2009 Groundwater Summit – Tucson, Arizona.19-23 April 2009
5th World Water Forum – Istanbul, Turkey. 15-22 March 2009
XIIIth World Water Conference – Montpelier, France. 1-4 September 2008.
United Nations/ UNESCO / Saudi Arabia International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 12-16 April 2008.
8th Gulf Water Conference – Manama, Bahrain. 2008.
28th Annual International Irrigation Show – San Diego, California USA. 9-11 December 2007
Help-Local Solutions to Global Water Problems: Lessons from the South – Pretoria, South Africa. 4-9 November 2007.
International Desalination Association World Congress 2007 – Gran Canarias, Spain. 21-26 October 2007.
10th International Symposium on River Sedimentation – Moscow, Russia. 1-4 August 2007.
IAHS Scientific Programme for IUGG "Freshwater: Ever Changing and Yet a Cause for Change" – Perugia, Italy. 9-13 July 2007.
AWAA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Toronto, Canada. 24-27 June 2007.
2nd International Conference on Water Resources, Technologies and Services – Sofia, Bulgaria. 6-7 June 2007.
Water Resources management 2007 – Kos, Greece. 21-23 May 2007.
World Environmental Water Resources & Environment Congress 2007 – Tampa, Florida. 15-19 May 2007.
Water Management and Technologies Applications for Developing Countries 2007 –Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 14-16 May 2007.
IWEX International Water and Effluent Exhibition: Sustainability Live – Birmingham, UK. 1-3 May 2007.
Meda Water International Conference on Sustainable Water Management – Tunis, Tunisia. 21-24 March 2007.
5th World Water Congress – Beijing, China. September 2006.
Water in the GCC: Towards Integrated Water Resources Management – Kuwait. 19-23 November 2005.
12th World Conference on Water Resources – New Delhi, India. 22-25 November 2005.
XXXIst IAHR Congress – Seoul, Korea.11-16 September 2005.
4th World Water Forum – Mexico. 28 June 2005.
AWWA Annual Conference and Exhibition – San Francisco, California USA. 12-16 June 2005.
Desalination and Water Reuse – Santa Margherita, Italy. 22-25 May 2005.
EWRI World Water and Environmental Resources Congress – Anchorage, Alaska. 15-19 May 2005.
9th International Water Technology Conference (IWTC) – Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt. 17-20 March 2005.
International Water Forum: Water in the 21st Century – Dubai, UAE. 12-13 March 2005.
2003 International Desalination World Congress – Paradise Island, Bahamas. 23 September-03 October 2003.
American Water Resources Association 2003 International Congress – New York, New York USA. 29 June-3 July 2003.
2003 American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition – Analheim, California USA. 15-19 June 2003.
Water Africa 2003 – Tanzania. 28-30 May 2003.
2nd Annual Conference on Water Resources management 2003 – Cran Canaries Spain. 30 April-2 May 2003.
The Australian Water Association & Ozwater: Innovations in Water – Perth, Australia. 6-10 April 003.
3rd World Water Forum 2003 – Kyoto, Shiga, Osaka Japan. 13-16 March 2003.
Watex/Water & Energy Technology – Dubai UAE. 11-13 March 2003.
WSTA Sixth Gulf Water Conference – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 8-12 March 2003.
Water & Wastewater Europe – Nice, France. 4-6 March 2003.
Water Reuse & Desalination Conference: Water & Wastewater Technologies Asia 2003 – Singapore. 25-27 February 2003.
Aqua-Tec/Water Africa 2003 (North) International Conference – Cairo, Egypt. 23025 January 2003.
International Conference on Soil & Ground Contamination & Clean-up in Arid Countries. Oman/UAE. 20-23 January 2003.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I., A.M. Bassam and M.T. Husayn (2009). “The Experience of the Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert in Employing Artificial Recharge Methods in Saudi Arabia”. (Pending Publication).
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (2006). “Thermodynamic Study on the Formation, Decomposition and Oxidation of Methane in Soil Atmosphere”. Saudi J. Biol. Sci., 13: (2) pp 115-122.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (2005). “Nitrate Transformations in Nitrate-Contaminated Soils and Groundwaters: Thermodynamic Aspects”. J. College of Agric., KSU, 18: 57-62.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (2004). “The Soil Ecosystem as a Source of Air Pollution: A Review”. Saudi J. Biol. Sci., 11: 89-109.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I., M. Alzaght, F.A. Almani, S. Tajuddin and M. Usayri (2003). “Suitable Plant Species for the Health and Environment in Saudi Urban Forestry”. KACST Publication AT-19-40.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (2002). “Use of Date Palms for Agricultural Development in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions”. Eighth International Conference on the Environment – Seoul Korea 11-18 August 2002.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (2000). "Anthropogenic Effects on Soil Properties and Nutrient Levels of some Irrigated Lands in Saudi Arabia". Annals Agric. Sci., Ain Shams Univ., Cairo, 45 (2): 911-828.
Elhaj, H., M. Alulaymi, S. Tajuddin, M. Alzaght and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh (1998). “Jojoba Proliferation through the Use of Tissue Culture”. Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Novel Applications for Novel Produce. Phoenix Arizona USA.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I., M. Alzaght and A.A. Abu Risheh (1997). “Feasibility Study for the Development of Ha'ir Valley Adjacent to Riyadh using Remote Sensing Technology”. First Saudi Forum for Agricultural Science. King Saud University.
Tajuddin, S. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh. (1997). “Study of the Natural Endowments of Rawdah Khuraim to Improve its Vegetation Cover”. Saudi Forum for Agricultural Science. King Saud University. Vol. 2, pp.1-24.
Tajuddin, S. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh. (1996). “Pre-Treatment of Seven Acacia ssp. Seeds to Improve their Germination Responses”. J. College of Agric., KSU, (9/2).
Tajuddin, S. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh. (1996). “Seasonal Changes in Some Aspects of the Mineral Composition for Seven Atriplex Species under Arid Climate Conditions in Saudi Arabia”. J. Life Sciences. 9/4: 550-67.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. and S. Tahjuddin (1996). “The Rawdah Khuraim Watershed: A Case Study for Desert Development" World Conference for Desert Development in the Gulf States: Towards Sustained Development in the 20th Century. Kuwait 23-26 March 1996.
Tajuddin, S. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh. (1996). “Nutritional Value of Seven Atriplex Species in the Course of a Year”. J. College of Agric., KSU, (7/2: 270-295).
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I., H.E. El-Kady, M.H. Al-Awaji, A.S. Sallim, A.S. Al-Malik (1995). “Clay Minerals of Soils at Wadi Hanifa (Najd Plateau, Saudi Arabia)”. Egypt. J. Appl. Sci., 10: 411-426.
Haykal, M.S., M.H. Awaji, M.S. Suwaylim, N. Barakah, and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh (1995). “Phosphorus Imaging of Sandy Soils Taken from Various Date Plantations in Saudi Arabia”. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 46: 481-488.
Tajuddin, S. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh (1994). “The Affect of Soil Properties on the Distribution of Pastoral Plant Communities in Saudi Arabia”. Egypt. J. Appl. Sci., 9/10: 69-82.
Al-Awaji, M.H., M.S. Haykal, A.A.I. Al Alshaikh and M. Rida (1992). “Distribution and Constitution of Salts and Sand Dunes above Plateau Regions of Saudi Arabia's Coastal Deserts”. Geoderma, 54: 125-136.
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (1989). “Affect of Transported Agricultural Enrichment on Desertification in Arid Areas”. Workshop – Saudi Arabian Desert Studies: Specializations and Specialists. King Saud University, pp. 99-110.
Books and Other Publications
Al-Juhani, L.A. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh (2008). The Affects of Aridity on Tree Growth and Criteria for Appropriate Tree Species Selection in Arid Regions. King Saud University. ISBN 9960-55-115-6
Al Alshaikh, A.A.I. (1998). The Mesquite Tree and Alleged Noise Sensitivity. King Saud University Occasional Paper on the occasion of the 22nd Annual Tree Week.
Alzaght, M. and A.A.I. Al Alshaikh (1998). Common Wilderness Vegetation of the Riyadh Region. King Saud University.