About Kapsarc

“I call for objective, independent research into the world’s greatest energy challenges, unbiased by political pressures and influences.”

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

KAPSARC was founded as a non-profit institution for independent research into global energy economics. It brings together an international group of expert researchers of more than 15 nationalities.

From its base in one of the world’s most important energy-producing regions, KAPSARC develops economic frameworks to help achieve effective alignment between energy policy objectives and outcomes.

KAPSARC researchers collaborate with leading international research centers, public policy organizations, and industrial and government institutions, to share knowledge, insights and analytical frameworks.

Affordable, sustainable energy underpins the growth of a country’s economy and the wellbeing of its citizens. As such, effective energy policy is one of the greatest challenges for governments and other stakeholders across the globe.

Through its research, KAPSARC aims to improve societal well-being and prosperity both in the region and worldwide.

Our mission

To advance the understanding of energy economics and to act as a catalyst for dialogue, charting a path to better welfare for societies, locally and globally.

Our values

Three key values guide our work:

  • Combining creativity and rigor in our research and operations.
  • Achieving results through effective teamwork and collaboration.
  • Maximizing a positive societal impact.

Our governance

KAPSARC is an independent, non-profit institution located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Center was established by the Saudi Council of Ministers, and its facilities were opened in 2013. KAPSARC’s activities are funded in perpetuity by an endowment provided by the Government of Saudi Arabia.

The endowment enables researchers to conduct independent, objective research without the need to raise capital and without pressure from external donors.

The Board of Trustees has controlling authority over the Center’s affairs, policies and governance. Chaired by the Minister of Energy, it comprises the president, three international members and three Saudi members.

The Center is supported by the International Advisory Council, a group of globally recognized energy thought leaders who advise the Center on its ongoing programs and research projects.


Adam Sieminski


Dr. Mansoor Al-Mansoor

Vice President, Finance and Operations

Dr. Fahad M. Alturki

Vice President of Research

Board of Trustees (BOT)

The Board of Trustees is chaired by The Minister of Energy, and consists of three Saudi members and two international members, in addition to the center's president.

HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud

Chair of the Board of Trustees and Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia
Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Boston University President
H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser

H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al-Jasser

Adviser at the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia
H.E. Prof. Hashim Yamani

H.E. Prof. Hashim Yamani

President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy
Prof. Sir Keith O'Nions

Prof. Sir Keith O'Nions

Chairman of Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge

International Advisory Council (IAC)

The International Advisory Council (IAC) advises the Center on its ongoing programs and research projects. The IAC meets once a year and consists of several members of national, regional and international stature.

H.E. Dr. Majid Al-Moneef

H.E. Dr. Majid Al-Moneef

Advisor to the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Turki Al-Saud

Dr. Turki Al-Saud

President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
Dr. Jin-Yong Cai

Dr. Jin-Yong Cai

Partner, TPG Capital
Dr. Sunita Narain

Dr. Sunita Narain

Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE)
Dr. Richard Newell

Dr. Richard Newell

President and CEO of Resources for the Future
Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin

Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
Prof. Daniel Sperling

Prof. Daniel Sperling

Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis
Mr. Masakazu Toyoda

Mr. Masakazu Toyoda

Chairman and CEO of The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Dr. Coby van der Linde

Dr. Coby van der Linde

Director of the Clingendael International Energy Programme
Dr. Daniel Yergin

Dr. Daniel Yergin

Vice Chairman of IHS & founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates


KAPSARC is proud of the strength of its international ties with research institutes, public policy organizations and government institutions worldwide. Its collaborations allow it to further enrich its research output. They include:

  • Arabian Gulf University (Bahrain)
  • Atlantic Council (United States)
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (United States)
  • China National Petroleum Corporation – Institute of Economics and Technology
  • China Sustainable Transport Center
  • Derasat (Bahrain)
  • Development Research Center (China)
  • Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (KSA)
  • Energy Research Institute of the NDRC (China)
  • Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (KSA)
  • Imperial College (United Kingdom)
  • Khalifa University of Science and Technology (UAE)
  • King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KSA)
  • King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KSA)
  • Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
  • Ministry of Economy and Planning (KSA)
  • Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (KSA)
  • Saudi Aramco (KSA)
  • Saudi Electricity Company (KSA)
  • Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (KSA)
  • TERI University (India)
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (India)
  • World Bank

*KSA = Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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يعقد #كابسارك يوم الثلاثاء (الموافق 14 يوليو) حلقة عمل افتراضية بالشراكة مع المجلس الهندي لبحوث العلاقات الاقتصادية الدولية، بعنوان "إدارة تحولات الطاقة في الدول النامية"؛ وذلك لمناقشة سبل تحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة والحصول على طاقة فعالة، ونظيفة، وميسورة التكلفة.

16:00 - July 12, 2020
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"في إطار رئاسة المملكة لمجموعة العشرين، فإن #كابسارك يتعاون مع المنظمات الدولية ووكالة الطاقة الدولية فيما يخص إصدار دليل للاقتصاد الدائري منخفض الانبعاثات الكربونية، وتقرير خاص عن الهيدروجين" د. فهد التركي نائب الرئيس للأبحاث (@falt) خلال حديثه في حلقة العمل الافتراضية.

13:00 - July 12, 2020
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This Friday, July 10, #KAPSARC’s president @Adam_Sieminski is speaking in a webinar hosted by @USA4EE to discuss critical trends issues in the energy sector and how the energy economics community imagines the future of energy.

9:28 - July 9, 2020
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#KAPSARC president @Adam_Sieminski speaking to @CNBC about the role of #OPEC and the opportunities for conversation in setting the #Oil prices. رئيس #كابسارك آدم سيمنيسكي يتحدث عن دور #اوبك والفرص التي تتيحها المحادثات في تحديد أسعار #النفط. https://cnb.cx/2Xuk8xn
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شارك #كابسارك كشريك معرفي في الندوة التاسعة لمنتدى الطاقة الدولي، والتي ينظمها بالتنسيق مع #اوبك وكالة الطاقة الدولية لمناقشة مستقبل #الطاقة، حيث أدار رئيس المركز جلسة بعنوان “وجهات النظر حول آفاق مستقبل الطاقة بين صنّاع القرار والخبراء على المدى القصير والمتوسط والطويل”
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#kapsarc participated as a knowledge partner at the 9th #IEA #IEF #OPEC Symposium on #Energy Outlooks. As KAPSARC President @Adam_Sieminski moderated a session entitled “Key Stakeholder and Industry Views on Short-, Medium-, and Long-Term Energy Outlooks”.
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