Dr. Ahmed S. Yamani is the rector of Prince Sultan University, the first private, non-profit university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took up his post as Rector in June 2005. He has held a series of leadership roles (including Chairman, Vice Dean, Vice-Rector, and Rector) over a 25-year period.
Dr. Yamani has a PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA. He obtained his MSc and a BSc with summa cum laude (highest honor) from the University of North Carolina, USA. In addition, he earned a diploma in pre-Engineering from Gaston College, USA.
Prior to Prince Sultan University, Dr. Yamani started his academic career in the Department of Architecture and Building Sciences, College of Architecture and Planning, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. Four years later, he became the chairman of the Department of Architecture and Building Sciences at the King Saud University. He also held academic positions as the first Vice Dean to the newly founded Prince Sultan Private College, which evolved into the successful Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia; and as the acting Vice Rector of Prince Sultan University.
Dr. Yamani has played a major role in the development and implementation of academic strategy at Prince Sultan University, in both research and education. Under his leadership the University has consistently been rated the best private university in Saudi Arabia. He has an ongoing interest in Sustainable Higher Education more widely.
Dr. Yamani has led the development of the university’s internationalization, with the goal of creating a leading university locally and throughout the Middle East through stakeholder engagement, community service and a strong research impact in line with the ‘Saudi Vision 2030’
Dr. Yamani is the founding editor of PSU Research Review: An International Journal (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK). He was the pioneer who brought forward the concept of this international journal and made it happen.
Dr. Yamani has chaired or has been a member of numerous academic, administrative and professional committees. He is a board member of Education Evaluation Commission – Higher Education Sector (EEC-HES) (formerly the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment – NCAAA), Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia. He is a board member of National Center for Assessment in Higher Education (Qiyas), Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia. He has been awarded various prestigious awards.