After a B.S. degree of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2002, Niveen obtained her PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 2006 under the supervision of Professor Alan R. Katritzky. From 2007 to 2009 she was a postoctoral fellow, first at Northwestern University, then at University of California, Los Angeles, with Sir Fraser Stoddart. She has been Assistant Professor in KAUST since 2010. She has received several awards during her carrer, including the Crow Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry 2004, Teaching Effectiveness Award 2004 and 2005, AlMaraai Innovation Award in Bio-nanotechnology 2013, L’Oreal Women in Science Award 2017, and she was nominated for the ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Young Investigator award in 2017.