Fostering Cairo’s spirit of learning, innovation and entrepreneurship at the American University of Cairo's GrEEK campus since 1989.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Center of Middle East Management Studies at the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) former Greek Campus site in Downtown, holds an important place in AUC history and in Downtown’s latest chapter as a hub for Cairo’s thriving tech startup community.
A gift from Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel to AUC in 1989, the building accommodated an expanding AUC student body during the late 1980s and early 1990s and met increasing demand for management, engineering sciences and other professional programmes. The architect of the building was Beirut-based firm Dar Al-Handasah Shair and Partners and its design was overseen by award-winning architect Suhayl Raji Bathish — managing director of Dar Al-Handasah’s Egypt operations at the time.
The Center’s vision for learning, innovation and entrepreneurship continues today as part of The GrEEK Campus, Egypt’s first technology and innovation park founded in 2013 which now operates the university site. It provides a home for national and multinational tech companies and innovative startups, such as Money Fellows and Uber, seeking to transform industries and support underserved communities.
The Jameel Center constitutes just one element of the Abdul Latif Jameel story at AUC. The gift also included it included an endowment for the Abdul Latif Jameel Chair in Entrepreneurship. AUC’s campus in New Cairo is also home to the Community Jameel initiative, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in the Middle East and North Africa, a research centre working to inform evidence-based policy design to alleviate regional poverty and poverty-related issues and the Egypt Impact Lab, a centre dedicated to strengthening evidence-informed policy and improve development outcomes in Egypt.