Muhammad Saggaf

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Muhammad Saggaf
Muhammad M. Saggaf headshot.jpg
Latest company Saudi Aramco
BSc Mathematics
MSc Geophysics
PhD Geophysics
BSc university

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

MSc university

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD university

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



  • Dr. Al-Saggaf obtained his BSc. degree in Mathematics from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM),
  • He hold MSc. and PhD. degrees in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
  • He obtained MBA from KFUPM, also he is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.[1]

Professional Career

  • Dr. Muhammad Al-Saggaf was appointed as the President of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in January 2020.
  • Prior to that he was the Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Services in Saudi Aramco with a portfolio spanning the company’s activities in aviation, marine, transportation, training, safety, security, community, and medical services. He was also the chairman of the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical (SATORP), Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV).[2]
  • Prior to his appointment as senior vice president in Saudi Aramco, Dr. Al-Saggaf was president of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) from 2012, which is an independent, nonprofit research institution researching energy economics, policy, technology, and the environment, across all types of energy.
  • Previously, he had assumed several roles related to research, energy development, technology and strategy. Since early 2011, Al-Saggaf led Saudi Aramco’s Strategic Transformation Office, responsible for a broad transformation of the company to achieve ambitious aspirations for the next two decades, including an expanded business portfolio.
  • Before that, beginning in 2009, he was the chief petroleum engineer, responsible for the reserves and the development and management of all of Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas fields.
  • In 2006, Al-Saggaf was the head of upstream research and development, where he articulated some of the most cutting-edge technologies - many of which are now becoming realities, including extreme reservoir contact wells, gigacell simulation, autonomous fields, Smart Water, and reservoir nanorobots.
  • He joined Saudi Aramco in 1989, and has held several positions within the company in Upstream, including direct operational roles in the Safaniyah and Shaybah fields.
  • Al-Saggaf is an avid computer enthusiast and was one of the early pioneers of the development of the Linux operating system.[3]
  • He is one of the very few worldwide who has achieved international recognition in both geoscience and petroleum engineering.
  • Al-Saggaf has authored a number of refereed technical papers and founded and edited a new technical journal, and has authored numerous refereed technical papers, books, a U.S. patent.

Memberships and Awards

  • He was president of the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS),
  • Member of Saudi Aramco’s Corporate Innovation Board,
  • Vice-chairman of the Board of SPE-Saudi Arabia Section,
  • Vice-chairman of the board of directors of the South Rub’ al-Khali (SRAK) company.
  • Al-Saggaf was also a member of advisory boards of the Petroleum Engineering departments at KFUPM and Heriot-Watt University.
  • He is currently chairman of the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical (SATORP), Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV).

He has received several international awards, including :

  • J. Clarence Karcher Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in 2001, [4]
  • The Lester C. Uren Technical Excellence Award and the Distinguished Member Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE),
  • The Eisenhower Fellowship.





[4]:J. Clarence Karcher Award - SEG Wiki