Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of  American International University is comprised of exceptional individuals bringing decades of experience and knowledge in the educational sector in Kuwait and beyond. The members of the board work closely with Executive Management to progress the strategic vision of the university and its constituents. 


Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi

Chair, Board of Trustees


Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi is a leading Kuwaiti chemist and academic. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, she attended Kuwait University, earning both her Masters and PhD.

In 1993, shortly after the first Gulf War, an Emiri Decree was issued naming Dr. Al-Kharafi the first female president of Kuwait University, the first female head of any major university in the Middle East, and the first woman to obtain the rank of Minister in Kuwait. She would serve Kuwait University as President until 2002, helping to rebuild the university after the war and overseeing its growth to over 20,000 students.


Ms. Jacqueline Shaw

Chair, Board of Directors

Mrs. Areej Al-Ghanim

Member of Board of Trustees


Mr. Bader Al-Sayer

Managing Director of Musaed AlSayer & Partners


Mr. Nael Al-Awadhi

Member of Board of Trustees

Dr. Khalid Al-Sebeih



Dr. Nouria Al-Awadi

Professor of Chemistry at Kuwait University

Dr. Susan Yuhasz

Higher Education Vice President (retired)