King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

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King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

مركز الملك عبدالله للدراسات والبحوث البترولية
MottoResearch. Rethink. Reshape.
Khalid AlFalih
Adam Sieminski
VP of Research
David Hobbs
VP for Finance and Operations
Mansoor Al-Mansoor

KAPSARC, the abbreviation for the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where it began its activities in 2010. It is as an independent, non-profit institution that focuses on research in energy economics, policy, technology, and the environment. Its research areas include global energy markets and economics, energy efficiency and productivity, energy and environmental technologies, and carbon management. The organization has a multi-national research team.

It was established by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as an element of the broader theme of reform in the region and emphasizes the openness, equality, and diversity of gender, nationality, and backgrounds—in a manner similar to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The Center has employees from over 20 nationalities, and its workforce is 40% women.


In July 2007, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called for the establishment of an independent center to conduct objective and scientific research in the field of energy. Interim management was given to Saudi Aramco in 2008 to plan the center’s mandate and facilities. The Center’s real existence started in 2012. The center started operating in 2013.


KAPSARC is an autonomous institution, financially and legally. It is funded by proceeds from its own endowment and only reports to an internationally composed Board of Trustees, consisting of six members, including the chairman, the president, and four independent members, who set policies and approve the strategic, operational, and financial plans of the Center. Members include His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser and Sir Keith O’Nions. US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was a founding member of the Board of Trustees but had to step down to accept his new role as Secretary of Energy

KAPSARC also has an International Advisory Council that advises on ongoing programs and research projects. It consists of several members of international stature, such as John Hamre, Daniel Yergin, George M. Whitesides, and others.[1]


The KAPSARC campus on the northern edge of Ridyah contains both a Residential Campus (called the REC, located on the west side of the property) and a Research and Office Complex (called the ROC, located on the east side)[2].

The 70,000 square meter[3] Research and Office Complex was designed by Zaha Hadid. Hadid received the commission after a 2009 design competition. It opened in October 2017[4] and received a LEED Platinum certification. The complex consists of five interlocking buildings, a research center, a computer center, a conference center, a library and the Musalla, a place for prayer.[5]

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  1. ^ KAPSARC Governance
  2. ^ "Residential Campus section of KASPARC website". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ "King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre". Aaha Hadid Architects. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ Giovannini, Joseph (16 March 2018). "Zaha Hadid's Desert Think Tank: Environmental Beauty and Efficiency". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ "King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects". ArchDaily. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ "KAPSARC Energy Model". Retrieved 6 January 2019.

Coordinates: 24°52′16.0242″N 46°42′46.0434″E / 24.871117833°N 46.712789833°E / 24.871117833; 46.712789833

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