Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award Recipients

2017 Recipient — Adnan Shihab-Eldin ’65, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’70

Adnan Shihab-Eldin, the recipient of the 2017 The Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a master’s and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

He is recognized as a visionary leader in the field of energy globally, well respected by energy ministries and heads of state throughout the energy-producing world. He is also widely recognized as a pre-eminent world expert on energy technology, economics, and the environment.

Throughout his career, Shihab-Eldin has held several leadership positions at prestigious international institutions, including the acting secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and director positions at both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In his native country of Kuwait, he served as director general of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and concurrently as the vice rector for academic affairs at Kuwait University. He is currently the director general of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, the leading research funding organization in the country, catalyzing the advancement of society through science, technology, and innovation.

In addition, Shihab-Eldin has held several academic and research positions, extensively authoring research publications, reports, and book chapters in the fields of energy policy, economics, and technology, the environment, renewable and nuclear science, and energy. He has served on many international boards of directors, advisory boards, review committees and forums, including the board of directors of the ATK Energy Transition Institute (Amsterdam) and, since 2016, the Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board (NEAB) at UC Berkeley. 

Shihab-Eldin’s contributions have not only helped to facilitate and advance Kuwait’s scientific and innovation ecosystem, but has also strengthened solid foundations for research and development in the wider Middle East region. He has used his expertise to further socioeconomic growth in Kuwait and the Arab Region through scientific and economic research, inspiring a culture of development and innovation.

Previous Recipients

Todung Mulya Lubis LL.M. ’78, J.S.D. ’90, Founder and Senior Partner, Lubis, Santosa & Maramis — 2016
Sir Colin Blakemore Ph.D. ’68, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the School of Advanced Study, University of London — 2015
Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University — 2014
Andrés Roemer, Diplomat, Writer, Philanthropist, and one of Mexico’s most internationally recognized public intellectuals — 2013
Xiulan Zhang, Social Policy Expert, Founder of Beijing Normal University’s Institute of Social Development and Public Policy, China — 2012
Yuan Tseh “Y.T.” Lee, Nobel Laureate, academician, educational reformer, statesman, Taiwan — 2011
Josephine Namboze, champion of public health research, practice, and education in Africa — 2010
Reynato S. Puno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines — 2009
Mario Bergara, President of the Central Bank of Uruguay — 2008
Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership — 2007
Dr. Mu Sochua, Secretary General, Sam Rainsy Party, Cambodia — 2006
Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand — 2005
David Harrison, CEO loveLife, South Africa — 2004
Norman Myers, Environmental Scientist, United Kingdom — 2003
Dr. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Economic Minister of Indonesia — 2002
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría, President of Costa Rica — 2001
Zivorad I. Kovacevic, Ambassador of Yugoslavia to the United States — 2000
Dr. Urvashi Malhotra Sahni, Educator and Education Reform Advocate, India — 1999
Dr. Ahmed Ahmed Goueli, Minister of Trade and Supply Arab Republic of Egypt — 1998
Laura Castillo de Gurfinkel, Minister of Education, Venezuela — 1997
Venkataram Ramakrishna, Director, South East Asia Regional Bureau for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (iuhpe) — 1996
James C. Y. Soong, Governor, Taiwan Provincial Government, Republic of China — 1995
Han Sung-Joo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea — 1994
Hans-Peter Duerr, Chairman of the Directorate of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany — 1993
Mohamed Alshaikh, Minister of Urban and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia — 1992
Julius G. Kiano, Chairman, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and former assemblyman, Kenya National Assembly, 1963—79 — 1989
Hans Hollein, Internationally acclaimed architect, Vienna, Austria — 1988
Joon Lew, Director, World Vision Leprosy Research and Treatment Center, Seoul, Korea — 1986
Allan Gotlieb, Ambassador of Canada to the United States — 1985
Widjojo Nitisastro, Former Minister of State for Economic, Financial, and Industrial Affairs of Indonesia — 1984
Yoash Vaadia, Vice President, Finance and Administration, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel — 1983
Choong Kun Cho, Executive Vice President, Korean Air Lines — 1982
Kuang Tou Chang, Vice President, Tsinghua University, Beijing — 1981
Kenneth D. Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Iran — 1980
Joao Baptista Pinheiro, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States — 1979
Sadako Ogata, Minister of Japan to the United Nations — 1978
Menahem Rebhun, Head, Division of Environmental Engineering Laboratories and Research Centers, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology — 1977
Haraldur Kroyer, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States — 1976
Haakon Wexelsen, President and Professor, University of Agriculture, Aas, Norway — 1975
Choh-Ming Li, Vice Chancellor and founding Chief Executive of the Chinese University of Hong Kong — 1974
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan — 1973
Garegin Saroukhanian, Adviser to the Ministry of Health for Health Planning and Training, Iran — 1972
John J. Akar, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States — 1971
Sun Fo, President of Examination Yuan, and one of the framers of the Constitution of the Republic of China — 1970
Mario E. G. Bancora, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, Argentina — 1969
George K. Togasaki, Japanese businessman, civic leader, and President of Rotary International — 1968
Galo Plaza, Former President of Ecuador and United Nations diplomat — 1967
Abdul Majid, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States — 1966