Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid, Ph.D., is the founder and chairman of
Rashid Engineering, a full-service consulting engineering firm based in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which oversees major government construction projects for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He is a professional engineer, businessman, and entrepreneur who achieved outstanding success through hard work and perseverance. He constantly proved to others that he had the ability to persevere with a plan of action when all the influences around him said it couldn’t be done.
As the oldest of seventeen children (Two full brothers, two full sisters, seven half-brothers and five half-sisters) in a middle-class family from Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, he managed to pull himself up from humble beginnings by pursuing a self-initiating, resilient, and no-nonsense approach to life.
He seized every opportunity presented to him and through his integrity, determination, and achievements of individual will he was showered by good fortune. In 1991, he was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Texas at Austin for his personal and professional success.
In his quest to make the future better than the present, he continues to foster relationships and social bonds with influential people throughout the world, and he contributes much of his time and interests in philanthropy and in global economic and social activities, where his humanity has shown a strong dedication to helping others.
Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid was born in 1939. He started his early education in Saudi Arabia (Ha’il
and Madinah), Syria (Damascus) and completed his secondary studies at the
American Presbyterian mission school at Suq al-Gharb in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960.
Upon completing his secondary education he won a scholarship
from the government of Saudi Arabia to attend the
of Texas at Austin (UT), where he earned his Bachelor of
Science degree in Civil Engineering in January, 1965. Upon
graduating, he joined the newly established College of
Petroleum and Minerals (CPM) – which is now called the King
Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – as a teaching
assistant and supervisor for the development of the master
plan for the university campus.
After a year, he returned to UT where he enrolled in the Civil Engineering graduate program to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy degree. As a student at UT, Dr. Rashid was inducted into: Chi Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma XI, and the Tau Beta Pi honor societies. And as an honor student he was also awarded the annual financial aid award by the Government of Saudi Arabia.
After earning his Ph.D., in Civil Engineering, in the spring of 1970, he returned to the College of Petroleum and Minerals where he became the Dean of Engineering and Business Affairs as well as the Director of the master campus plan.
In 1975, he resigned from the CPM to establish the Rashid Engineering office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Upon completing a fast-tracked turnkey construction project on-time for the government, Dr. Rashid was chosen by King Khalid, and later King Fahd, to be the Engineering Consultant (through Rashid Engineering) to the Royal Court.
Over the years Rashid Engineering became one of the largest engineering firms in Saudi Arabia, designing and supervising major construction projects in the Kingdom until the present time.
Instructor of Civil Engineering, Assistant Professor of
Engineering, Assistant Dean of Business Affairs, then
Dean of the College of Engineering, which included two
major programs: Applied Engineering and Engineering
Science, and Director of the university campus project
at CPM (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals)
Designed and supervised all of the compounds of the
Royal Diwan – Yamamah, Madina, Taif and Riyadh Palaces,
conference halls and some hospitals and schools in his
capacity as a consultant of the Custodian of the Two
Holy Mosques, the late King Fahd, and he continues to do
the same for King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.
Medals and Awards
Ordre National de la Légion
d'Honneur, awarded by former French president Francois
Mitterrand in the early eighties.
Medina award for Design of the Holy Quran Printing Press
Ha’il award for humanitarian activities, 1998.
Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd award for philanthropic
Legion of Honor from
former French president Jacques Chirac, 2003.
Presidential medal from
former Korean president Roh Noo-hyun, 2004.
of Commerce Award in Riyadh, for health care and service
of society, 2004.
Association of the Handicapped children award for human
Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the College of
Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, 1980.
Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at
Abha Prize awarded by the Governor of the Asir Region in
Memberships & Affiliations
Member, Board of the Equestrian Club of Riyadh (This is
a most exclusive club whose chairman is
his Majesty Abdullah
bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia).
Member, Board of the Handicapped Children’s Association.
Member, Board of Founders, Al-Fikr Al-Arabi [Arab
One of the founders of the Prince Salman Centre for
Ex-Board member, Arab Bank, Amman.
Ex-Board member, Investcorp, Bahrain.
Member, Engineering Advisory Board, The University of
Texas at Austin.
Member, Athletic Advisory Council at the University of
Texas at Austin.
Member, National Committee for Drug Control for Saudi
Founding Member, The International SeaKeepers Society
Co-Founding Member, Prince Albert II of Monaco
His favorite hobby is walking, and he is a frequent traveler, especially to the USA and Europe. He is married with six sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren.