Chief Basma El Zein is an outstanding professional, mentor, researcher, consultant and professor. For several years, she was among the most visible proponents in developing academic institutions, colleges and research organisations in Saudi Arabia – specifically in higher education.
She is currently Director-General of the Governance and Sustainability Centre, where she reports directly to the Chairman of the board of trustees, at the University of Business and Technology. With an experience of more than 22 years in academic and research institutions, Basma has held different positions, from academic, research and consultancy perspectives. She recently conducted her own scientific research and before that, was a research scientist at the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, as well as an associate researcher at the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) in France.
Basma has a PhD in Nanotechnology and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Her research interest is currently focussed on Energy Conversion and Energy Storage. The main objective of her research is to develop an eco-green Solar Cell with high efficiency and long durability. In addition, Basma is exploring new materials such as kesterite, perovskite, and protein to be used as a light absorber for Solid State Sensitized Solar Cells. She’s also exploring Printed Metal Oxide Batteries and has written extensively on the topic. She has one filed patent related to materials for solar cells.
Basma is a grand Judge at Intel ISEF-USA, an examiner at KACST, and a renowned guest speaker at many international conferences on renewable energy and nanotechnology. During her previous roles, she has supervised many PhD students and around 250 projects (as final year projects at the bachelor and master level and as development and strategical projects). She is a reviewer for many international, peer-reviewed journals, the chair or co-chair of committees at many different international conferences. She is also a member of many international associations. From a community service perspective, Basma is the Vice President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace for Scientific and Academic Affairs.