Mattheus (Theo) F. A. Goosen has played key roles in the development of new start up academic institutions. For the past twelve years he has held the position of founding Associate Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies at Alfaisal University a private start-up non-profit institution in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (www.alfaisal.edu). Since 2017 he has also held the post of Acting Dean of the College of Science & General Studies. Alfaisal University has been recognized as One of the World’s Top 200 Institutions under 50 Years Old & One of Top 18 for Millennials by the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017. The university was ranked 251-300 by Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020. This was second overall both in Saudi Arabia as well as in the Arab Region. Previously Dr Goosen held the position of Campus Dean (CAO) at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Amman Campus in Jordan (www.nyit.edu.jo) a private university based in New York. Prior to this appointment he worked in Puerto Rico, USA, where he held the post of Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the Universidad Del Turabo, an institution of 15,000 students which forms part of the Anna G. Mendez University System (SUAGM). He has also held academic dean positions at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. The doctoral degree of Dr Goosen is in chemical & biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto (1981) Canada. Theo has more than 200 publications to his credit including over 150 refereed journal papers, 45 conference papers, 12 edited books and 10 patents. His h index is over 50 and he has well over 10,000 citations on Google Scholar. On Scopus he has an h index over 40 with more than 150 publications and over 6000 citations. Dr Goosen’s research interests are in the areas of renewable energy, desalination, sustainable development, membrane separations, spray coating technology and biomaterials.