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Five Kuwaitis, five Arab scholars and two African Scientific Institutions have been announced by KFAS as the winners for its prizes as well as Al-Sumait Prize in the field of Food Security for 2019

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has announced today the names of the winners for its prizes in 2019. The Prize categories are the Scientific Production Prize awarded to Kuwaiti researchers in 6 scientific fields, The Kuwait Prize dedicated to both Kuwaiti and Arab researchers in 4 diverse fields of study and The Abdulrahman Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in the field of Food Security.

KFAS’s purpose of the award is to encourage and support human endeavors through initiatives that help build a solid foundation for science, technology and innovation as well as reinforce a cultural environment that enables it. It means to encourage researchers, support generosity, and extraordinary scientific production both locally and regionally. In addition, through supervising Al-Sumait Prize, KFAS aims to promote development in the African continent.

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, the Foundation's Director-General, has stated that announcing the winners' names has followed the endorsement of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, The Amir of the State of Kuwait and Foundation’s Chairman, and the recommendation of the Foundation's Board of Directors, Prize Council and the Selection Panels

Dr. Shihab-Eldin has also stated that the Board of Trustees of Al-Sumait Prize for African Development has decided to grant this year's award for Food Security to two African institutions, for their efforts and contributions in enhancing food security and developing food production in the African continent, as joint winners.

The Board of Trustees of Al-Sumait prizes endorsed the recommendation of the Selection Panel to award the 2019 cycle of the Prize jointly to The Africa Rice Center based in Cote d’ivoire and The Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance located in Nairobi. The former for leading research centers in the development of rice through high-caliber analysis networks, dedicated to the improvement of living conditions through strong scientific means and partnerships that aim to grow rice economics in Africa, as well as its endeavors in developing African research capacity through their educational programs. The Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance was awarded the Prize for developing grains that are suitable for cultivation in an African climate, noting that grains are vital part of the African people's diet, which has enhanced productivity, nutritional value and resistance to dry climate conditions, while documenting their achievements in prestigious specialized periodicals.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin has announced that both winners’ efforts have had a significant impact in achieving tangible improvements in the lives of millions of malnourished and underfed people, increasing production and enhancing the nutritional value of vital food crops on the continent of Africa, in addition to their part in growing the role of women in the agricultural sector.

The Board of Trustees includes prominent international figures in the field of humanitarian action and development in Africa, for which Al-Sumait Award is granted annually to individuals or institutions in one of three fields: Food Security, Health or Education. It is an initiative of H. H Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, The Amir of the State of Kuwait, to honor and commemorate the legacy of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who dedicated his life to addressing the health, education and food security challenges facing Africa. The Board of Trustees oversees all award procedures, while KFAS provides all logistical and administrative support needed.

Regarding the Scientific Production Prize, Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin has also stated that five Kuwaiti researchers were awarded the Prize in five fields, the first of which was Engineering Sciences, won by Dr. Sultan Majed Al-Salem, Scientific Researcher for the Environment and Life Sciences Research Center at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. He has published 19 papers in refereed periodicals as well as a number of conference papers, in addition to chapters in several scientific books.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin added that the winner in the field of Biological Sciences was Dr. Bader Hamad Al-Hajri, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences at Kuwait University, who has published 16 papers in refereed journals as well as several papers conference papers and presentations..

In the field of Medical and Allied-Health Sciences, the winner is Dr. Jasem Yousef Al-Hashel, Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University and Consultant Neurologist at Ibn Sina Hospital, who has published 64 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

As for Social Sciences and Humanities, the award went to Dr. Hind Batel Al-Maasab, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Research and Post-Graduate Studies at Kuwait University. She published 19 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored 1 book and participated in many local conferences as well as Arabic and regional ones.

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin stated that in the field of Administrative and Economic Sciences, the winner was Dr. Nayef Nazzal Al-Shammari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Kuwait University. He has published 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored 1 book and published several conference papers..

The Scientific Production Prize was established in 1988 to achieve the initiative of H.H  the late Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, to encourage young  Kuwaiti scientists and researchers to continue and advance their work that serve their community in various fields of knowledge.

KFAS Director-General Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin said that the Foundation has awarded The Kuwait Award for 2019 in four fields, the first of which is in the field of Fundamental Sciences (Mathematics), which was awarded to by Prof. Nader Mohammed Masmoudi from Tunisia, who is a Professor of mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences - New York University, USA. He has published 140 scientific papers in prestigious journals, 7 books and papers as chapters in several scientific books.

Dr. Masmoudi was awarded the Prize for his pioneering role in the field of partial differential equations' analysis and applications in physics and mechanics (with a focus on fluid mechanics), in addition to the influence his work has had on different subjects like micro-scale polymer models, Mach numbers approximations, polished uniform boundary layers, stable Couette flow and non-linear equations for dispersed media and boundary layers.

Dr. Shihab-Eldin added that in the second field, which is Applied Sciences (Environmental), the recipient of the prize is Dr. Omar Khamis Farha from Palestine, Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University in the United States of America. He has published 375 papers in refereed journals and 4 books, and had 15 patents registered in the USA.

Dr. Farha was awarded the prize for his research which focused on exciting topics in chemistry and materials science, from energy and environmental applications to the challenges of national defense, through the utilization of atomic materials with precise uses, exploiting the standard nature of Minerals with metal-organic framework structures (MOFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs), and by understanding the fundamental role of 3D engineering in modifying the function of matter for gas storage and separation related applications, catalysis, water treatment and detoxification in chemical warfare simulation models.

The prize for Economic and Social Sciences (Social Sciences) was awarded equally to Prof. Ali Oumlil from Morocco, Chair Professor of Contemporary Arab Political Thought at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco, and Prof.. Amaney Jamal from Palestine, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University, USA.

Dr. Oumlil was awarded the prize for publishing 9 books through an important intellectual and political project about critical problems of the post-independence Arab world, his contribution to the dynamics of philosophical thought, enriching it with his studies and important works, and for his comprehensive vision for the issues of Arab politics, thought and future.

While Dr. Jamal was awarded, the prize for publishing numerous studies and books. Also, for her contribution to pioneering studies in political development in the Arab world, her contributions to important research on the integration of Muslims in the United States and Western societies on a wider scale as well as several initiatives to expand the scientific infrastructure in the Arab world. The most important of which is the Arab Barometer project, which conducts high-quality national representative surveys of citizens in 13 Arab countries.

In the field of Arts and Literature (Studies in Foreign Languages ​​and Literature), the recipient was Dr. Mohammad Yousef Shaheen from Jordan, who is an Honorary Professor at the University of Jordan. He has published 29 articles in scientific journals and 12 books.

Dr. Shaheen was awarded the prize for his research and books, which focused on highlighting the role of Western Orientalist imagination among leading British and American writers and their influence on Arab novelists and poets. In addition to his personal knowledge of major Western and Arab critics and theorists, which gave him the opportunity to preview their writings, both the published and unpublished ones, and presenting their theories, ideas and the translation of their work.

It is to be noted that The Kuwait prize was established in 1979, in line with the objectives of KFAS to fulfill its goal of supporting scientific research in different fields and encouraging Arab researchers and scientists.