Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

It is a great honor for us to have these distinguished people as the members of
the Board of Trustees of the Al-Sumait Prize

H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

His Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was born in 1953 and is married with a son and a daughter. After graduating from his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kuwait University in 1977, he spent six years as a Diplomatic Attaché to the Department of Arab Affairs in the political administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1983 until the end of the decade, he was a Member of the Permanent delegation of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York before becoming Deputy Director of the Arab World Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1992.

Three years as Director of the Undersecretary’s Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lead to him becoming Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its representative in the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

In 1998, His Excellency became Chairman of the National Security Apparatus with the rank of Minister before spending a year as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor in 2006. Then becoming Minister of Information in 2007, he then also took on the roles of Acting Minister of Justice, and Acting Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs two years later.

In October 2011, he became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, before taking on his current role as First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs at the start of 2014. In 2012 he became recipient of the First-Class Nile Medal, given by the President of the Republic of Sudan.

Today he is also a member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, the National Security Council, the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, the Supreme Council for the Environment Public Authority, and is Chairman of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED).

Mr. Bill Gates

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grant making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.

Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners. They also participate in national and international events and travel extensively to focus attention on the issues the foundation champions.

Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and adviser on some key development projects. (See Microsoft’s web site for more information on his work with the company.)

Gates also founded Corbis, which is developing a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His father, William H. Gates Sr., is a co-chair of the foundation and a retired attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The Gates have three children.

Mr. Abdulatif Al-Hamad

Born in 1937 in Kuwait, Abdlatif Yousef Al-Hamad attended Claremont Mckenna College in California, graduating International Affairs with honors in 1960, before attending the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Science International Affairs Programme. Returning home, he served as a member of the Kuwait delegation to the United Nations during Kuwait’s application for admission to the UN membership in the early 60s, before spending two years as Director, Kuwait Investment Company. For the next 18 years, he held the position of Director General at the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, as well being Director of the South & Arabian Gulf Society, an Educational & Philanthropic organization. During this time, he was Managing Director of the Kuwait Investment Company between 1965 and 1974, Chairman, Kuwait Prefabricated building Company 1965–1978 and Chairman of the United Bank of Kuwait
in London, 1966–1981. His other many roles include:

  • 1967 – To date Trustee, Arab Planning Institute.
  • 1991–To Date Member of the Board of Trustees South Center Geneva.
  • To date Member of the Board of Kuwait Investment Authority.
  • To date Member of the Advisory Council for Middle East and North Africa Region – The World Bank – Washington D.C.
  • To date Trustee, Green Cross International.
  • To date Trustee, The Earth Council – Costa Rica
  • 1996 Chairman, Development Committee Task Force on Multilateral Development Banks.
  • To date Member of the Higher Council of Education – Kuwait.
  • To date Trustee, International Institute for Strategic Studies – London.
  • To date Member of International Advisory Board on Foreign Relations – New York.
  • To date Trustee, The International Crisis Group.
  • To date Member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies – the University of Chicago.
  • To date Member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, Princeton University.
  • To date Member of the Board, The International Investor – Kuwait
  • To date Member of the Board of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS) – Tokyo.
  • He is married with two boys and two girls.

Mr. Makhtar Diop

World Bank’s Vice President for Africa


Under his leadership, the World Bank committed $9.4 billion to Sub-Saharan Africa in FY 2016 to help tackle development challenges such as increasing food security and agricultural productivity; improving access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy, creating economic opportunities for Africa’s youth; and responding quickly and effectively to emergency situations such as the recent Ebola epidemic.

Before taking up this position, Diop was World Bank Country Director for Brazil, based in Brasilia, between January 2009 and April 2012; he previously held the positions of Director of Strategy and Operations, and Sector Director for Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure, both in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Diop was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia, based in Nairobi.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Diop worked at the International Monetary Fund, focusing on the Central African Republic. He also served as Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal.

In 2014, Jeune Afrique named him “one of the 50 most influential Africans.”


Dr. Kwaku Aning

I have spent the last thirty-eight years working in United Nations system organizations that are focused on negotiations around issues of global security, Article VII of the UN Charter, and the application of science and technology for the socioeconomic development of developing countries.

I was the representative of the Director General (DG) of the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) to the UN in New York when the Iraq nuclear crisis was before the UN Security Council, and during the transition from UNSCOM to UNMOVIC. IAEA was part of the UN inspection team and had the nuclear file, and I represented the Agency at the Council. Following this, I was based in Vienna for ten years as the Secretary of the Board of Governors (BoG) and the General Conference (GC), which were also tasked with the Iraq file.

In 2003, Iran’s clandestine nuclear programme came to the attention of the international community. As the Secretary of the BoG, I managed the debates and discussions in the BoG and the GC, as well as the reports, decisions and resolutions they adopted, until the end of 2010.

From January2011 to June 2015, I held the post of IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation (DDG-TC). I managed the provision of very concrete support to developing countries in the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology. This work was delivered in the areas of agriculture and food security, health (cancer, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, etc.), environment and water management, and industrial applications. Projects were implemented in over 130 countries, with an annual budget of over €200 million and a staff of 250.

Prior to joining the IAEA, I worked with the UN and UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development) on the application of science and technology for the socioeconomic development of developing countries.

I am currently the Governor for Ghana on the thirty-five member IAEA Board of Governors, as well as the IAEA Director General’s Special Envoy on Cancer for Africa. I am also the Chairman of the Board of the Ghana Nuclear Power Institute, the body overseeing Ghana’s nuclear power development.

I have a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology, Ghana; an MSc in Solid State Physics from Princeton University; and a PhD in Metallurgy from Columbia University, New York.

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, is the Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and former Acting Secretary General/Director of Research (OPEC) Vienna. He served earlier as a Director, with IAEA (Vienna), Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Science & Technology (Cairo), Director General of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research KISR (Kuwait) and Vice Rector of Kuwait University (Kuwait). Dr. Shihab-Eldin serves as Board Member, Fellow at or adviser to many national and international institutions and corporations.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin received all his degrees including a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published extensively including over 150 papers, chapters of books and conference proceedings, in addition to being a regular invited speaker at many international and regional meetings, covering many fields, including Energy, Environment; Oil Markets; Renewable Nuclear Power among ?st? other.

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Mr. Tareq Al-Mutawa

Tareq Bader Salem Al Mutawa was born in Kuwait in 1945 and today is married with children. After graduating with a degree in Business, he held many positions, including Chairman of Al-Ahlia Investment Co. and Chairman of Shuaiba Paper Products Co., while serving on the boards of Burgan Bank, Kuwait National Cinema Company, Eva Bank – Paris, Bayan Investment Co. and Al-Ahlia Trading. & Contg. Co.
Today, as well as being a trustee of the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development, he holds the positions of:

  • Independent member of the Council of the Global Argan Real Estate Management.
  • Member of Board of Directors for Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry as of 2008.
  • Member of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry sub-committee for Industry & Labor.
  • Member of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry sub-committee for Public Projects and Housing.
  • Member of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry Consulting committee for Free Trade Zones.
  • Member of Board of Directors for Public Authority for Industry, representing Kuwait Chamber for Commerce & Industry.
  • Member of Board of Directors for the National Committee for Education Support – Ministry of Education.
  • Member of Board of Directors for the People’s Committee for Funds Raising.
  • Member of Board of Directors for the Australian College.
  • General Manager of Sadeer General Trading & Contracting Co.W.L.L Kuwait.
  • General Manager of Sadeer General Trading & Contracting – Lebanon.
  • General Manager of Sadeer Industries for Manufacturing GRG & GRC Kuwait.
  • General Manager of Tariq Al Badar Office for General Trading & Contracting Kuwait.