Alwaleed Philanthropies Holds 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, 18 October, 2016

Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, held the Board of Trustees meeting at the foundation’s headquarters in Riyadh. 


The meeting was attended by members of the Board including HRH Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, First Deputy Chairman of the Board, HRH Princess Reem Bint Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, Second Deputy Chairperson of the Board, HRH Princess Lamia bint Majed AlSaud, newly appointed Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, His Excellency Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the former Minister of Social Affairs, Ms. Nada AlSugair, Executive Director of Finance and Administration of HRH’s Private Office and the Treasurer of Alwaleed Philanthropies, Dr. Sheikh Ali Al Nashwan, Religious Advisor to His Highness. 


The discussion began around the foundation’s projects during 2015 and their impact on society, helping people around the world regardless of gender, race or religion. The meeting addressed future strategies to maximize impact and establish the strategic positioning of the foundation on a global level, praising some of the foundation’s main achievements in 2015 such as the Housing & Grants Programme in Saudi Arabia, which consists of providing (10,000) housing units and (10,000) cars to the families most in need, over the course of 10 years in all regions of the Kingdom. To improve overall living standards, a similar housing program was implemented in Egypt, aiming to grant (10,000) housing units to Egyptian citizens. Also noting, the foundation’s crucial involvement in eradicating Polio, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in addition to continuing to support refugees and war victims as part of its commitment to be a leader in humanitarian work worldwide. The Board of Trustees commended the positive impact of the various projects in the areas of social development, disaster relief, women’s empowerment and social and cultural initiatives. 


Ms. Amal Al Kathiri, Executive Manager, who leads the National Initiatives, highlighted the latest updates on local projects mentioning the policies and procedures pertaining its new strategy. As for the foundation’s work globally, Ms. Nauf Al Rawaf, Executive Manager of the International Initiatives, presented ongoing projects, and the importance of aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Finally, Ms. Sara Balghonaim, Media and Communications Officer, explained the important role of media in today’s fast-paced digital world in bringing the foundation’s achievements to life through its awareness campaigns. 


HRH Princess Lamia was working as the Executive Manager of Media and Communications for 2 years prior to her appointment as Secretary General of the foundation. She was also the person responsible of revamping Alwaleed Philanthropies’ brand, restructuring the organization and redefining its focus areas. The new appointment comes from HRH Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz AlSaud’s commitment to empowering Saudi women to realize their full potential by taking on decision-making roles. 


For over 35 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects in over 120 countries regardless of gender, race, or religion. We collaborate with a range of philanthropic, government, and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. Together, we can build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant, and accepting world.