Leader in Business, CALS Alum Receives 2014 Achievement Award

Commencement speaker Anna Maria Chávez and five other leaders in arts, humanities, business and public service received honorary degrees during the 2014 Commencement celebration at the University of Arizona. In addition, the UA Alumni Association presented its Alumni Achievement Award.

Alumni Achievement Award

The 2014 Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Turki Faisal Al Rasheed. This award is given to alumni who have attained prominence in their field of endeavor and demonstrated outstanding service to the UA.

Al Rasheed received his bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from the UA in 1981, followed by master's and doctoral degrees from universities in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Today, he is a prominent agribusiness leader, a champion of democratic processes and voting rights in the Middle East, and a proud alumnus who actively represents the UA in the Gulf region.

Al Rasheed is the founder and chairman of Golden Grass Inc., one of the largest agribusinesses in Saudi Arabia. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and frequently visits to give guest lectures on food safety and sustainable agriculture and its role in alleviating world hunger.

Al Rasheed also founded and chairs the Saudi Voters Center, a website encouraging Saudi nationals to be involved in social and political decisions that affect their country.

Al Rasheed has remained connected to the UA in many ways. He plays a critical role in the UA's activities in the Gulf region, advising on grant proposals, making introductions, and promoting academic and scientific collaboration. He was one of the founding members of the UA alumni network in the Gulf region and in 2013 hosted a reunion for Saudi alumni at his home.

Read more from this May 14 UANews story at the link below.

Released date: 
May 21 2014