KAUST Got Talent 2023

The KAUST Got Talent is an annual celebration of the incredible talent that exists within our community. Community Life is honored to be able to provide a platform to showcase their skills.   

Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable night of entertainment. See details regarding judges, program, prizes and transport to the event below. 

Date: Thursday, June 8  
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., doors open at 6:00 p.m. Place: Auditorium, Building 20  


Meet the Judges 

KAUST Got Talent winners are chosen by both audience and a panel of judges, each accounting for 50% of the result. A "Real-Time" voting app will be used to make it more interactive and inclusive.

Learn more about the judging panel below.  

Mascha Dix 

President of the Music Club 
Ph.D. Student of Bioscience  

Since arriving at KAUST as an MS/Ph.D. student in 2021, Mascha has been delighted to witness the creative atmosphere of the community. As the president of the Music Club, she hopes to support the diverse musical talents within KAUST and is honored to participate in the KAUST Got Talent final as a judge. 

Selena Franchini 

Graduate program coordinator, BESE Division 

Selena serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator in the BESE Division supporting and advising our graduate students. She has proven her expertise in the arts through her previous work in the Office of the Arts and her role as organizer of various art exhibitions in KAUST and Jeddah and countless music events. Currently, she is honing her skills in ceramics and artistic basket weaving. She loves to explore the planet with her two kids Yara and Tommy. 

Michael Berumen 

Director, Red Sea Research Center 

Dr. Berumen is the Director of the Red Sea Research Center and Professor of Marine Science within KAUST’s Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division. Outside of his work, Dr. Berumen has a passion for music. He played guitar in several bands during his high school and college years, and his biggest musical influences were Van Halen and Weird Al Yankovic. 


Celebrity Guest Judge, Moe Zein 

Professional Singer, Songwriter and Educator 

Moe Zein is a Lebanese singer, songwriter and educator, born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia making the kingdom his home. His musical diversity and intuition sparked his prolific production ranging from original songs to celebrated mashups with the collaboration of various artists over a number of musical genres. His muse arises from his personal experiences and day by day revelation. 




We have an amazing line up of finalists who have worked tirelessly to perfect their craft and showcase their talent to the community. Come early to get the best seats. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  


We are happy to announce the following prizes for this year's winners:  

  • Winner(s) of KAUST Got Talent – Business Class air tickets on Emirates Airlines to a destination of their choice within Asia or Europe. 

  • First Runner Up – Economy Class air tickets on British Airways to any destination within Europe 

  • Honorable Mention – Amazon Gift Card  

  • Youth Category Winner – Amazon Gift Card  



Special event shuttle bus will be available from Tamimi Bus Stop to Auditorium, Building 20 and back. Starting from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. 


We are positive that this year's show will be a great success and hope you join us in supporting and voting for the talents from our community.   


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Event Quick Information

08 Jun, 2023
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM