Dr Abdulaziz Alhargan has been involved in the early stages of the development of the technology incubation industry in Saudi Arabia since 2007. He subsequently became the Director of the BADIR Program for Technology Incubation. The program has been evolved into a technology innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation program.
Dr. Alhargan had led many efforts in Saudi Arabia to strengthen the national innovation ecosystem. He worked to establish the “Saudi incubation Policy”, “National Incubators Network”, “National Program for Multimedia Expertise and Knowledge transfer Program” , and he led the efforts to establish “SIRB” which is a network of investors, innovators, and supporting agencies.
Dr Alhargan has government and private sector experience. He worked in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Agriculture, establishing and heading their Geographical Information System Unit, provided IT consultancy services to the Centennial Fund and was a researcher at KACST’s Computer and Electronics Research Institute. Prior to this, he was with the World Bank in Washington DC as an IT Consultant for three years. He recently established Kentune Consultancy in partnership with experts in the fields of strategy development and Innovation strategy and programs.
He gained his PH.D in Computer Science at George Washington University. Dr Alhargan is a fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, which is a network, and leadership development program for venture capitalists.